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Tips for Multifamily Living When You Lose Electricity in Your Apartment

Lose Electricity in your Apartment? Tips for Multifamily Living When the Power Goes Out

Tips-for-Multifamily-Living-When-the-Power-Goes-Out-in-Your-ApartmentRegardless if you’re working from home, relaxing with your favorite TV show, or enjoying central AC inside of your home, when the power suddenly goes out it is an immediate wake-up call from anything you’re doing. When you lose electricity in your multifamily home, the first thing to do is to reach out to the managers of the property but living in Texas, is this the right step to take? How do you ensure that this is a short time outage or a long term? Where do you go for helpful tips and contact information for your location? These are all common questions and concerns that we will discuss to assist you in what to do when you lose electricity in your apartment. Keep reading to learn some great tips for multifamily living when the power goes out.

Talking to Owners/Managers

As a resident, it can be extremely frustrating and worrisome when your power goes out, especially during the hot Texan summer months. If this is a recurring issue, you may want to consider reaching out to the Property Managers and letting them know that you’ve experienced this multiple times so that they know that it’s not just a one-time issue.

Alternatively, if this is the first time that this has happened to you, your best bet is to reach out to your electricity provider to see if they are aware of the outage. More often than not, if it’s a one-time issue, it’s an outage, whereas an outage that happens often (like for heavy winds, for example) may require your Property Manager to have a general contractor take a look and ensure that this repeated outage isn’t a maintenance and/or safety issue that could cause bigger problems as time passes for the residents and for the building(s).

Talking to Residents

When your power goes out it can be a scary experience, especially if you have young kids who may be afraid of the dark. Your first thought is probably to get every flashlight or candle you have ready and get as much light going as you can. However, this may not be the best approach, particularly since candles aren’t always the safest option. Instead what we recommend is that you take a second to access the situation, go outside and see if only your unit has been affected or if your neighbors are without power as well. If you find that it is only your unit then contact your office or on-site maintenance personnel to have them come out and see what’s going on. If you find that your entire build or complex has been affected then your next step is to check with your power company. Many of them how outage checkers as a way to report the outage in your area. Be sure to always report an outage in your area even if they already know as the more reports they get the more they’ll know how dire the need is. Lastly, just do your best to relax and wait out the situation.

Helpful Links & Contact Info

If you live in an apartment, condo, or HOA community and your electricity happen to go out, here is a quick list of items to check, and places to find information.

1. Check in with neighbors and look outside for street lights and other electric items to see if only your unit is affected, or whether the entire block or community is affected.
2. Look at your breaker box for any tripped breakers. Sometimes they are tripped, but the switch is not moved very far and might be easily missed!
3. Check your email or community bulletin board for notices about electric repairs. Sometimes these notices go to spam, so don’t forget to check there!
4. If you’re a Texas resident check Oncor’s Outage Tracker to see if your area is affected by a storm or other large outage. If it’s not reported, use that page to make a report to get power restored as soon as possible.
5. If you’re not a Texas resident, check your area’s main electrical provider for outage listings or your electric company’s main website.

Now you know the best tips for multifamily living and what steps to take whether you are an apartment manager, owner, or resident when you lose electricity in your apartment. Reach out to our Classic team today for general maintenance contract work and we can also help you find the best maintenance plan when it comes to your multifamily property when you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of an outage.

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Meet Justin Felts

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Classic Welcomes Justin Felts to the Team

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is proud to announce the hiring of Justin Felts as our new Director of Field Operations. Justin began his career in construction, maintenance & repair over 25 years ago after serving his country in the United States Coast Guard. He comes to Classic Construction with a background in residential multifamily, homeowner associations, commercial MEP and insurance restoration, as well as working with TxDOT. While Texas has always been his home, traveling and exploring have become a passion. When the weather cooperates you can either find him on the golf course or at the lake. His bucket list course is Sawgrass in Florida. He loves bass fishing with his new rescue Boxer, Homie.
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Meet Robin Anderson

Robin Anderson

Classic Welcomes Robin Anderson to the Team

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is proud to announce the hiring of Robin Anderson as our new Vice President of Client Services. Robin is a longtime construction professional, with the last twelve years being dedicated to the prosperity of construction and its supporting industries. She is an Alumni of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts. In 2003, the took on the role of sales within the structural steel industry, and she never looked back!

Through business development and marketing, she continues to be motivated by the importance of revenue success, integrity amongst clientele, and the ability to exceed company expectations. she spent 7 years on the Community Association Institute (CAI), both in Dallas and Austin, serving as board member, secretary and president. In 2015, she was elected chair of the CAI DFW Chapter Expo and won the National CAI Outstanding Achievement for Expo and Tradeshow.

As a lifelong Texan, Robin Anderson enjoys her time with her family and husband of 26 years. Together, they have three beautiful children, including her oldest, who is adopted from Russia. She has spent considerable time traveling and some of her greatest experiences in life include traveling to countries such as Russia, United Arab Emirates, and The Netherlands. Along with visiting these countries, her family was also granted an opportunity to live abroad in Egypt for some time.

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Is Multifamily Building Maintenance Causing a Loss of Business?

is-multifamily-building-maintenance-causing-a-loss-of-businessPoor Multifamily Building Maintenance Might Be Causing a Loss of Business

As we see more people building a family, multifamily housing marketing is becoming more common in the housing industry. With new builds bringing competition and old buildings maintaining structure, how are these conflicting markets affecting business? The things to consider when looking into multifamily housing range from the cost of living to upkeep and maintenance of the building and the appliances that you’ll be using during the duration of your time there. In this blog, we will be discussing how Multifamily building maintenance may be causing a loss of business.

Flooring

When it comes to multifamily living, flooring is a huge aspect when considering which apartment is the right choice for you and your family. No one wants to rent an apartment with old and torn-up carpet that hasn’t been replaced in years, so keeping up-to-date on the carpet and making sure it’s replaced after each tenant is essential when it comes to building maintenance. If you have tile or hardwood flooring within the units, making sure they aren’t cracked and outdated will help potential renters to choose your location. Keeping the inside of an apartment current and on-trend is one of the many reasons future renters will gravitate toward your complex.

Fixtures

Depending on how long it’s been since your latest fixture maintenance walkthrough, it’s quite possible that the fixtures may be outdated (or even at times non-existent). Cabinets with no drawer pulls or handles may not be as desirable as brand the new bronze-finish style that’s been popular in new builds. Units that have been rented for a long period of time without renovations may also have residents eyeing newer builds with modern stoves, microwaves, and washer/dryer combos.

As we’ve seen rents rise across the DFW metroplex, we have seen a high churn of residents who may jump from their current residence to a newer one that will charge the same monthly rate that has the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures.

Furnishings & Appliances

It’s a widely known fact that when a family comes together it’s usually in the kitchen! So when your current and future residents gather together you want to give them a space that’s sure to impress. Updating your appliances, cabinets, and more to a more modern feel can help the inner event planner choose your community over a competitor.

Another aspect that makes multi-family living really stand out is giving your residents a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Having a bathroom with a comfortable tub and a vanity large enough to share are key components that you’ll want to think about when updating or building your community. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your residents have a true place where they can relax and call home.

During this tumultuous time for residents and the competition for space, keeping units in a multifamily building is more important than ever. We have heard and seen multifamily residences lose residents in droves just for the lack of maintenance – which as most property managers know is one of the least desirable outcomes for a property.

Reach out to us today for a quote to recommend the best maintenance plan for your multifamily residence to keep your residents happy and attract new residents no matter the season.

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Retaining Wall and Monument Sign Maintenance for Your Property

Retaining-Wall-and-Monument-Sign-MaintenceRetaining Wall and Monument Sign Maintenance Tips and Tricks

When it comes to sloped or terraced properties, nothing is quite as handy as a retaining wall. Not only are they gorgeous and add a brilliant aesthetic to the yard, but they are quite practical and useful at helping you utilize your outdoor space. We wanted to share some tips and tricks when it comes to retaining wall and monument sign maintenance, as well as share the importance of keeping up with your commercial and residential properties’ wall and monument signs.

The Importance of Maintaining Walls and Monument Signs

When it comes to your property retaining walls can come in handy to help hold up the earth (aka dirt) and block it from sliding down when any part of the property is at the end of a decline. Monument signs give a beautiful way to showcase your property and are often found at the entrance to subdivisions. They also help future residents and visitors find your property when driving down the road. Naturally, both of these features provide essential uses to your property which is why proper maintenance is also essential. The last thing you’d want is a retaining wall or monument sign to come crumbling down causing havoc on your property and creating a hazard for residents. At the first signs of wear give us a call so we can come out and inspect and repair any defects before they become bigger problems.

Inspecting Retaining Walls

Inspecting and retaining walls are necessary when it comes to proper maintenance. Checking for gaps in stones themselves as well as cracks in the mortar between them is a good start. Cracks and missing mortar will only get worse with time, so making sure those are properly inspected and maintained are crucial when it comes to walls. Another thing to look for is bulges in the wall. If you notice this is happening and some sections are bowing out, this means the soil is shifting and can cause critical damage in the near future. If you notice this, you should contact a professional as soon as possible so they can help resolve this issue immediately.

Tips on How to Maintain Walls & Signs

Maintenance of walls is important and should be checked at least every quarter. If there are any weeds visible in-between areas of the retaining wall, make sure to remove those by the root as they will continue to multiply and separate the wall over time (despite looking nice in some cases).

If you see any slight settling, surface wear, rotation, or bulging of retaining walls or monument signs, the best next move is to call your partnered construction company to evaluate it for any preventative maintenance to keep the issue from worsening.

There are some preventative measures you can take for retaining walls and monument signs including surface treatments, but make sure to check in and verify any treatments with your partnered construction company in order to be sure you have the right treatment for your surface(s).

Don’t wait until the last moment when it comes to sloping or terraced properties. Consistency maintenance of retaining walls is critical to keeping a healthy commercial or residential property. So whether you need to repair an existing structure or you’d like to add a retaining wall to your property, we can help. Contact us today to get a quote and see how we can transform your property.

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Before, During, and After – What to do When Severe Weather Strikes Texas

before-during-and-after-what-to-do-when-severe-weather-strikes-texasWhat to do When Severe Weather Strikes Texas!

It’s the time of year that leaves Texas standing in the front yard staring at the low, black clouds forming – or (more safely) taking shelter in their home. We know this as tornado season, but it’s not just limited to the spring. Texas is prone to tornadoes any time of year due to our proximity to the gulf coast and cold air that moves in from up north. This means we have to be prepared in the event of tornadoes, severe storms, and straight-line winds and know what to do when severe weather strikes texas! Read on to learn what to do before, during, and after catastrophic Texas storms, and how to protect your property.

Before – Get Prepped & Ready

Knowing when to prepare yourself, your family, and your property for an emergency storm can be a defining moment toward a safe and cautionary experience instead of a reaction. Checking your weather reports often during weather warnings and getting your storm kit prepped will allow ease of mind as the storm passes through. As you prepare everything for the storm heading to your area it is imperative to be sure when, if necessary, to take preemptive measures for when the storm hits.

During – Monitor your Home/Business, and Tornadoes

You’re in the thick of it, winds are howling, thunder is crashing, and you may be panicking a little and we understand that! It’s natural to be worried when severe weather strikes! The best thing you can do when severe weather is happening does you best to stay calm and think clearly. Pay attention to the news reports and listen to what’s going on outside. Be aware of the signs of an impending tornado as they are more likely to happen with spring storms due to the ever-shifting temperature that happens here in Texas.

If a tornado does occur:

DO stay inside, away from windows, in the centermost portion of your location. If you’re in a mobile home or out and about try to get to a nearby gas station or commercial building, like a hotel. Also, try to get some sort of helmet on and hard sole shoes.
DO NOT park under an overpass, go outside to look at the tornado, or try to “escape” it.

Once things have settled down from a tornado or a severe storm take a moment to assess your situation to ensure that it is safe to start moving around. If you have confirmed that it is safe to move around, your next step is to take a look at your property.

After – Call a Contractor First

After a severe weather storm is over and you can safely inspect your property for potential damage, you should always call a contractor for help. Not only will they find the damage promptly and efficiently, but they are certified to repair the damage at hand. More times than not, a great construction team like Classic can also help you when it comes to insurance claims as well as setting up various payment plan options, making it as cost-effective for you as possible. You should never feel alone after property damage due to a severe storm, and the Classic Construction team can help you pick up the pieces and make your property like nothing ever happened!

Now that you’re ready for the next time tornado weather strikes, you can rest easier. Remember to prep before the storms hit, monitor the news during stormy conditions, and afterward inspect your property and then call the experts! Classic’s expert team is ready to go with 24/7 emergency service available. Whether it’s roofing, windows, or other damage, we can stop the leak and restore your building.

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Don’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim After Hail Damage

dont-wait-to-file-an-insurance-claimDon’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim!

Most homeowners who have recent hail damage on their roofs can file an insurance claim and receive some compensation, yet far too many people fail to do this. Some of them don’t know they even have hail damage on their roofs, while others might not think it’s worth the time and money to have it fixed. However, the most significant reason why so many homeowners don’t file an insurance claim after a storm is that they simply wait too long to act. By the time they realize how severely their roofs have been damaged, it’s too late to receive any compensation from their insurance companies. They must pay for the repairs out of their own pockets, which can get very expensive very quickly.

How Long Can I Wait to File an Insurance Claim for My Damaged Roof After a Hailstorm?

That really depends on your insurance, but most companies allow you up to a year to file a claim. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should wait for several months before taking action. Your best bet is to file a claim as soon as you think your roof has sustained damage in a storm. The damage is still “fresh” at this time, which means it’s unlikely that anything else has caused any further damage. This will make it easier to prove that it was the hail that damaged your roof, and it will be much easier to repair the damage sooner rather than later.

Hail damage can take years to cause roof leaks and many homeowners put off getting an inspection or fixing damages. This is never a good idea. Here’s why:

  •  When hail hits an asphalt shingle it often knocks off the protective granule coating. Once the granules are gone, the protective layer underneath is exposed to the elements.
  • The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. These exposed areas are very susceptible to leaks.
  • Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water, and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.

Who is Responsible for the Costs of Additional Damage if I Decide to Wait?

While hail damage to your roof is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, the additional damage caused by waiting to get repairs is not. Most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take action to prevent leaks and subsequent damage. Therefore, if you wait until your roof is leaking to make a claim you could be footing the bill for all the major repairs.

Preventing additional damage to your home is one of the reasons why some (but not all) insurance companies have time limitations to file a claim. In fact, most policies state that claims should be filed “promptly” or “as soon as possible”. We also always recommend having a professional contractor assess the situation to prevent further damage and costs. Don’t forget, that you can always rely on Classic Construction for your roof damage and repair needs. Feel free to reach out to us today for any restorations that need to be done to your damaged roof caused by hail storms.

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Annual Inspection Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Helpful Checklist for Annual Inspection of Multifamily Properties

Annual-inspection-checklist-for-maintaining-multifamily-properties Summer is right around the corner. This means families, especially those with kids, will be out and about ready to enjoy the summer sun while making memories to last a lifetime for multifamily properties. With this new excitement of outdoor play comes dangerous hazards! This can be anything from nuisances (Not sure what that is? We have a blog for that!) or cracked sidewalks that can cause trips and falls (You guessed it we have a blog on that too!). The best thing you can do as a multifamily owner or an HOA president is to get these hazards taken care of before the summer season and stay on top of these potential issues. Being proactive and taking care of potential issues as they arise is always recommended, however, doing an annual inspection is also a great way to find any issues or hazards you might have missed. As always, you can reach out to us if you need help with any maintenance that might come up. Below, we have provided a helpful checklist for annual inspection for multifamily properties below to get you off on the right foot to ensure your property is safe for summer play this year and many more to follow!

Amenities

Pool

Pool deck free of cracks and chips

Pool coping free of cracks and chips

Cracks or leaks inlining

Gate and safety locks in working order

Playground

Equipment is safe

Padding is checked

Fencing and safety locks are secure

Fitness Centers

Check door locks

Wall mirrors are securely attached

Weight and equipment mounts are secure

Courts – Tennis or Basketball

Gates and safety locks

Surface cracks

Fix faded or chipped paint

All lighting is in working order

Dog Park

Check and repair fencing

Gates and locks are working

Water stations or water pads in working order

Grounds

Sidewalks

Cracks within the concrete are filled

Curb ramps are checked

Surfacing and leveling issues are corrected

Landscape nearby is maintained

Parking Lots

Paint is visible/pavement striping

Proper signage is used

Safety gates and locks are working

Retaining Walls

Any stucco issues are repaired

Check for leaks

Check for mold on walls

Inspect for cavities or warps

Fencing

All fencing is stable

All holes or entrances are repaired

Buildings

Interior

Separated window seals

Check for mold around windows

Replace malfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Ensure HVAC systems are in working condition

Exterior

Clean and/or repair gutters

Check for broken or damaged shingles

Replace non-working lightbulbs or fixtures

Recreational Buildings/Clubhouse

Check for outdoor grill stabilization

Deep clean grills or cooking spaces

Check for loose hardware on fitness equipment

Dispose of any broken/damaged fitness equipment

 

We all know that the weather getting warmer can bring on amazing projects to keep your multifamily properties in shape and ready for a beautiful summer. At Classic Construction & Restoration, our full supporting staff is ready to shape up your commercial or residential property so that summer happens for you and not to you. Call us today for a free estimate on any of your property projects.

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JurClassic Park at DFW-CAI Expo and Trade Show

Visit us at DFW-CAI Expo and Trade Show on 4/13/22

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is at booth 418-420, and we’ve got Jurassic Juice! Okay, it’s actually a margarita, but we’d love to share one with you at the event!

Come say hi and meet our team if you haven’t met us before, or catch up if we’ve worked together in the past. We’d love to talk about how classic can help you maintain your commercial or multifamily property, or meet new partners if you’re a vendor or tradesman!

We’re growing by leaps and bounds this year and have so much to offer. Stop by between the hours of 8am and 5pm! Hope to see you there!

Watters Creek Convention Center
777 Watters Creek Boulevard
Allen, TX 75013

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Make Energy-Efficient Improvements to a Property by Hiring the Right Contractors

Make-Energy-Efficient-Improvements-to-a-Property-by-Hiring-the-Right-ContractorsEfficiency Proficiency: The Importance of Hiring the Right Contractors for an Energy-Efficient Property

If you live in Texas you’ve likely seen (and felt) the rising cost of electricity that’s been happening since the “The Big Freeze” of 2021. It’s no secret that everyone has had higher than normal bills and while there are a lot of options to help reduce that with your power company (like free nights) updating your home can help too. Little things like properly venting your attic space to big things like swapping out your windows can all make huge differences to your electric bill each month and improve an energy-inefficient property. The trick here though is having the proper training and knowledge to do it correctly and that’s where Classic Construction comes in. We can spot opportunities to help maximize your savings, read on to learn more on how to make energy-efficient improvements to a property by hiring the right contractors.

Spotting Energy Efficient Opportunities

If your property or building is in need of renovation, you may want to take the time to look for places where you are losing energy. That’s money being thrown away! These days many building materials are made to be extra energy-efficient, from floor to ceiling. Places to spot where you may be losing “bought air” include your baseboards and flooring, around windows and doors, as well as the window material itself, and attics and roofing.

New energy-efficient windows are often double-paned with gas in between the panes as insulation, and many windows now have energy-saving tints, keeping AC in, and reducing heat from outside. It’s important to make sure all the seals are good and not crumbling. As buildings shift, your windows and doors may no longer be squared, so you can lose energy through tiny cracks around them.

Maximize Energy Savings

No matter what time of year it is, it’s smart to try to implement energy-efficient improvements throughout your home. From choosing the right windows that are properly insulated to choosing energy-efficient light bulbs for your home, the options are limitless!

Hiring a professional to help you decide the optimal ways to maximize your energy savings can be a great long-term investment, that will save you money on your electric bill for months and years to come.

Professionals are knowledgeable and can also help improve your property’s insulation to help the temperature stay regulated in your home. We also can easily add or renovate great tools such as a fireplace insert to give you natural warmth ambiance for the colder winter months. Remember, when trying to maximize energy savings, you should always have a professional analyze your home’s weak spots in order to prioritize your upcoming investments in energy efficiency.

An energy-efficient property doesn’t just have to be limited to smart appliances and solar – a well-versed contractor can find huge opportunities on your property that truly maximize the potential of the property itself and save you hundreds and even thousands over the lifetime of the property – well worth the investment.

If you’re restoring or remodeling your property, now is the best time to have the expert team at Classic take care of finding highly energy-efficient ways to improve your property! Reach out today for a free estimate!