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A Good Place to Eat Lunch

As conscientious property managers, we take pride in being physically present on site often; whether its scheduling an appointment with a tenant (instead of emailing), dropping by unannounced, or doing the Property Manager Special (which is our way of describing a quick, 30second drive through of the property.  Side note: we have yet to figure out an appropriate acronym for this!).  These can all be productive means of oversite and are staple elements in good property management.  However, over-time we have found that standard regular site visits miss something... 

A commercial property is more than concrete and steel or numbers on an excel document, it is like a living organism that has a pulse and daily rhythm.  Tenants open their stores, employees park, clients come and go, waste collection comes, trades people take a look at somethinglocal residents take a stroll through the plaza and turn on the exterior faucet to water their dog… wait a minute… Anyone is able to turn on the exterior faucets?  I didn’t know that.  We should protect these.  We’ve had problems in the past with vagrants turning on taps in the middle of the night and costing over a thousand dollars in water costs.  For considerably less, we can be proactive and switch the current faucets out with a more secure solution. 

The point is, you will be surprised at the things you will learn if you sit and observe a property for an extended period of time.  Instead of just seeing that there is a mess, you might see what the cause of the mess is!  You will see tenants causing issues, parking problems, or deficiencies that you have become blind to over time; all things that are tough to see, when you are in and out as property managers typically are. 

Our suggestion:  On a nice day, take lunch and reserve 30-60 minutes at a property to sit on a benchwalk around, and observe.  We promise there is value. 

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