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Have you ever been impressed by a property manager who was thrust into a difficult situation or conversation and been amazed by how well they handled it? This article aims to teach you some of the skills of a “conversation master”.

There are four critical steps to consider before you request bids from vendors.

1. Set your Internal Goals
2. Decide on “Best of Breed” vendors versus a generic vendor
3. Review Proposals and Contracts
4. Work with your vendor

Besides posts about Mark Wirkus and Ole, this is the most painful post I’ve done. It’s no surprise really. When LandCare first took over my business, (the wallstreet firm), they had a better idea of running an entrepeneurial organization. Their plan was to leave the strong owners in place, share information and best practices to [...]

It’s time. There is only 40 days until first applications start and 45-50 days til spring cleanups and sod repair. It seems like winter will never end, but I know better. I’ve been working on a gantt chart to prepare the companies for spring, and thought I’d share it with my contractor friends. It’s not [...]

Steve – I was responsible for researching and selecting the GPS system we currently use, which, as Christy mentioned, is provided by a company called “Discreet Wireless.”  We have been happy with the performance of this company and their system, and I would recommend it to others. What follows may be more information than you [...]

Besides the metrodome collapse, surely a ploy to get a new stadium, contractors have found this winter to be one they won’t soon forget. So what really happened behind the scenes? What can we learn from it and what does the future hold?

This was a strange winter. With the first snowfall around Mid-November, there

Think about this though. Snow fighting is all a skills game. When you have skilled employees, isn’t the worst method to gauge their success by the hours worked? Wouldn’t it be better to pay based on the results? I don’t mean to insult, but paying hourly is the lazy way for the manager and the contractor, and I believe it leaves the residents, tenants and owners paying for the lack of upfront effort.

3. Temperatures matter! At 30 degrees, one pound of salt melts 40 pounds of ice, while at 20 degrees, one pound of salt melts only10 pounds of ice, a 400% difference! And the air temperature is a minor part of the equation. Does your contractor apply varying amounts of salt to your property at different temperatures? Do the varying amounts show up when they bill for salt, or does it always seem to be “2 tons” every time? Can you afford to be billed 400% more for salt not used?