Friday, November 18, 2016

Can You Feel the Brrrrr?

You’re a rugged sort, living here where you do. And when you start to feel the cold coming you’re all ready with your sweaters and mufflers, hats and gloves, your boots and maybe even hand warmers for your pockets. But what about your home or business? As a very friendly property management company we’re going to give you some tips for getting through to Spring as cozily and safely as possible.

You don’t want your pipes to freeze and here are some easy ways to eliminate the chance of that:
  • If you’re planning on being out, keep the heat at no less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Open up doors and cabinets such as under sinks and closets where pipes are located. Keep doors at least slightly ajar between unheated and heated rooms. 
  • In severe cold snaps, if you have sinks in low-use work areas that could potentially freeze, turn the water on just slightly to have it run into the sink and keep a slight flow of water moving through it. 
  • If you are an owner, you want to be sure that all pipes are insulated in the areas of your building that might drop below freezing; think basements, attics, crawl spaces or storage spaces. If you are renting, be in touch with your manager or rental agency to make sure that this has been taken care of. It’s a good idea to check before the cold is really here. Schedule an appointment to have everything looked at before you need it. 
  • Ownership is true in this situation also: seal up any openings in your property that could be allowing cold air inside, paying close attention to open areas around pipes, vents, and electrical wiring. If you’re a renter, do as above and check with the people/company who can help.
If the temperature has gone below freezing overnight and pipes have frozen or cracked – which can happen with unprotected pipes - here are a few steps to take immediately:

  • Call your management company without delay.
  • Bundle up and turn off the water flow to the property to prevent more damage. 
  • Locate all of the cracks before pipes thaw and make note of their location. If you are an owner, consult a plumbing professional to address any cracked pipe issues before thawing and to prevent additional water damage. 
  • In the event of no cracks, you may proceed with attempting to thaw the pipes with a hair dryer and/or allow them to thaw on their own. Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe with a blowtorch or any type of open flame, as this could ignite a fire, jeopardize safety and cause even more damage to your property. 
  • Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
Beyond damage to your property, you have to watch out for yourself, too. And you don’t want yourself or anyone else getting hurt in a parking lot or walkway. Slips and falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths, according to the National Safety Council. Here are tips for walking safely in the winter weather from the University of Utah and Iowa State University:
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid carelessness. 
  • Wear shoes and boots with good traction. 
  • Walk at a slower pace. 
  • Stay on designated walkways. 
  • Use the handrail when using stairs and entering and exiting buildings. 
  • Put your gloves on and keep your hands out of your pockets while walking — that decreases your center of gravity and balance. 
And if you need a visual, think about walking like a penguin when you’re on the ice. The waddle we all love to see keeps your center of gravity over your front leg and will help keep you upright. Spread your feet out slightly, to increase your center of gravity, and take small steps.

At Kinetic, we are always looking to improve and welcome your suggestions. Please give us a call if you’re looking for a property to own or rent or if you need a wonderful management company. We’d be delighted to work with you. Now make sure you have some hot chocolate at hand.

Phone: 503-305-7204
Fax: 503-303-5809
16650 SE McLoughlin Blvd Milwaukie OR 97267

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It’s getting HOT Out There!

If you’re in the market for a commercial space to rent, or if you’ve been thinking about it and trying to budget for it, you’re probably aware that 2016 has been a big year. Fasten your seat belts, because 2017 is going to be even bigger. Local experts agree that the New Year is going to be HOT for properties. Colliers forecasts increases in quoted rental rates in the near term, and others predict that as tech companies continue to move into the area space will become more limited.

The good news is that this means more people are working and that the economy is humming along. The bad news could be that the longer you wait to secure an office and a lease, the more you will be paying for it. It never fails. Supply and demand.   
We’d like to help you find the perfect property for your business. Whether you work alone or with someone else, or even if you work with a horde, we’ll do our very best to find the spot for you. We represent many options. You can be at ground level showing off your wares, or higher up and enjoying the view. You can run your restaurant or your hair salon. The business is your business. Finding the space for you is ours.

Once you become a tenant, you can schedule your rent payments online knowing that your information is secure and protected. You can also sign up for automatic reminders. You can fill out a maintenance request form online, as well. We also have an emergency phone number that you can call, should you need to. No one likes an emergency, but we’ll be there for you! To see all of the reasons and the convenience involved in renting from us, please check out our Tenants Page. Not to mention how diverse and terrific our properties are!

We’re professional and friendly, and we promise to treat you with all of the courtesies that you deserve. The same way you treat your own clients. We work hard to make renting a positive experience for all parties. Should any differences come up where an owner is concerned, we will smooth the way for everyone. We promise.

At Kinetic, we are always looking to improve and welcome your suggestions. Just give us a call and let’s find your space!


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