Just about everyone has noticed the proliferation of strategically placed wastebaskets near the doors of public restrooms. The purpose of these receptacles in those locations is to facilitate the easy disposal of paper towels used by patrons upon exit. With the heightened awareness of the presence of germs on every surface touched by humans, hypersensitivity to contact with a contaminated door handle or wash basin lever is no longer confined to germophobes.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are today’s fastest growing lighting technology. In fact, at the end of last year, industry analysts at Goldman Sachs recognized the adoption of LEDs as being among “…the fastest technology shifts in human history.” The company then went on to state that market share for LEDs will reach 69% by 2020, and nearly 95% by 2025. That’s amazing growth considering that in 2010, LEDs had a near zero market share. If you’ve been considering LED lighting for your property, here’s some information to help your decision making.
With the arrival of sunnier days, our thoughts turn to the outdoors. Cookouts, days at the beach or the park are appealing distractions after our winter shuttering. While blooming flowers and greening lawns signal the arrival of spring and eventually summer, the warmer weather also brings some unfavorable pests and nuisances. Homeowners will be quick to point out that mosquitoes and other airborne and terrestrial tormentors can make outdoor living almost unbearable if the proper defensive measures aren’t taken. While flying, crawling, slithering creatures are realities of our personal interaction with nature, they are also very real concerns for commercial property owners and managers.
The telltale signs of spring are upon us. Punxsutawney Phil and his groundhog brethren have crept from their dens and afforded us various predictions on the coming of the season. We’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and set our clocks ahead. And, while some regions of the United States are getting their last dustings of soggy wet snow, others are enjoying the colorful, early blooms of crocus and forsythia. Each of these events lets us mark time on our mental calendars, but they also remind us that Spring is traditionally a time of renewal and a great time to evaluate and remediate the maintenance needs for our commercial real estate properties.
As we are enjoying the last days of warm weather, winter is probably something you don’t yet want to think about. It can be hard to let go of those warm, sunny days, but don’t let a lack of preparation make it even harder on you and your home. When a chill sets in we trade t-shirts for hoodie sweatshirts, iced tea for hot cocoa, and air conditioning for heat, so why neglect our homes? Winterizing is just as important to enjoying a comfortable winter season, because the last thing you’ll want to deal with on a dreary, cold day is a frozen, busted pipe!