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Aborn Powers is a boutique commercial property management firm with a broad reach and a depth and quality of experience that is difficult to find these days. We’ve owned and managed properties throughout California for over 20 years, focused on giving each property the personalized attention that it deserves. While our expertise gives us the ability to take quick, efficient and decisive action when it comes to property concerns, our top priority is fixed on giving our owners peace of mind that their investments are cared for and growing!

Our owner, Lauren Prichard, was raised on real estate, scouting properties with her father as a child, and collecting rents with her mother since before she could walk. She has grown up in the business and worked from every angle, including purchasing properties herself.

Lauren believes in carrying on the family tradition of quality, attention to detail and commitment to service in every decision she makes for her clients.  That includes ensuring that the entire Aborn Powers team of employees, from our office staff to our maintenance crews, have an incomparable level of loyalty, work ethic and desire to be of service.  The Aborn Powers team is made up of committed employees with an incredible knowledge of the commercial property business. The majority of our employees have been with the team for 10 years or more and they have a variety of backgrounds that all contribute to maximizing the return on your investment property. From purchasing and leasing real estate for large oil companies and small retail firms to site research, purchase and construction of franchise outlets, even general contracting and business ownership, the Aborn Powers team was designed to Protect and Care for your Investment as if it was their own.

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Water Damage Prevention: How to Check for Water Damage and Leaks

Brittany Kenyon - Tuesday, April 18, 2017


As a commercial property owner, it is always important to identify any potential issues or problems with your property as early as possible. Preventing water damage or leaks is essential before problems become an emergency repair your tenants are calling you about on Monday morning as they’re coming into work.


Water damage can be expensive and take time to repair, and unknown problems can lead to dangerous mold, issues with the structural integrity of the building, and ultimately impact the value of your property.  


Step one is always to follow a regular inspection routine. Maintaining the barrier between the elements and the interior of the property is the best way to keep the water where it belongs.


Prevent Problems Before They Start with Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key, so create a schedule to inspect for water damage. Monthly reviews may be ideal, but check at least quarterly to ensure the property is in top operating shape. It is often useful to schedule a building check after a heavy storm for the best chance to catch potential leaks or water damage. Now would be a great time, after the spring rains and right before the season begins to warm up!

Key building elements to inspect

Building Exterior

Start your inspection with a walk around the building to check high-risk areas where the wall meets the ground and the surrounding areas of the building. Check building components that may interact with water or collect water in the winter months.

  • At-grade plumbing/drainage systems

  • Roof drain outlets/downspouts - ensure they’re clear of debris and directing water away from the building.

  • Check for any standing water and identify the source, (apart from potential issues of water leakage, standing water also poses the threat of mosquitoes as the weather starts to warm up.)

  • Major wall joints or exterior decorative elements


Roof

Head to the roof or attic space next, as it can be the first place rain or weather damage may show. Check carefully for:

  • Soft spots or missing tiles

  • Seals intact around HVAC systems, skylights, stack vents, or other potential openings

  • When inspecting from inside or below, do you see any daylight where it shouldn't be or water stain marks?

  • Check interior ceilings for soft or discolored ceiling tiles, and floors for water damage from above.


For flat roofs water maintenance is critical. Check for standing water, remove debris regularly and ensure that your drainage system is working properly.

Doors and Entrances

Check for water damage or discoloration on the door and floor around it. Seal integrity at bottom of a door is essential, whether it’s a regular entrance to an office or a roll-up door to a warehouse or garage space. Check that the door sits well into the frame and that all mechanical aspects are working well.

Windows

A commercial building can have more window space than anything else and it’s important to ensure they are doing their job properly. Do the windows open and shut tightly? Test locks, screens and mechanical elements. Signs of water damage can include:

  • Mold or moisture in corners

  • Discoloration inside or outside on sills or wall below

  • Cracked or broken panes of glass

  • Any “fogging” of windows

Restrooms and Break Rooms

Check carefully around water sources and connecting pipes. Inspect restroom toilets and sinks, floor drains, and any pipes leading into or away from the area for signs of problems.

  • Discoloration

  • Seal integrity

  • Loosening or cracking in the caulk. This could cause damage to the waterproof seal, allowing water to damage the walls or floor around the area.

Change Air Filters in AC / HVAC units

Inspect your HVAC units carefully, as well as interior filters or ducts. Dirty filters can force your unit to work harder, which can eventually lead to clogs, contamination or system malfunctions.

Water Heaters

Inspect the area around the water heater for any leaks or buildup on valves. You can also drain and flush your water heater tank once or twice a year to remove sediment and build up, which can make the unit less efficient and can clog drain or pipes. Follow specific instructions for your model/make of water heater, or hire a professional.

Basements

While they are not common in our area, basements offer their own potential for issues or unique conditions that should be inspected regularly. Check floor drains and systems for buildup or discoloration. Check for mold or moisture on walls, called effervescence, where moisture boils through the surface of the concrete and can be identified by flaking mortar or concrete. This can be one of the first indications of a landscaping or outdoor leak.


Have a plan for emergencies or major water damage, just in case.


Rapid response and preparedness are the most important aspects of being a good homeowner or property manager. Speed of response can be vital to getting your tenants back to normal operation as quickly as possible.


Work with building staff to have an emergency plan that includes:

  1. Making sure they know to contact their landlord or property management company ASAP.

  2. Shutting down the water supply lines quickly

  3. Safely shutting down electrical and gas if necessary

  4. Emergency numbers for response teams like fire and police, as well as specialists/companies that you may work with.

Listen to Tenants

Communicate regularly with tenants to establish a healthy relationship of trust and respect. Often they are the first line of defense or indicators of building problems. Survey the tenants when performing regular maintenance so they can easily report concerns or things they’ve noticed that may be potential problem sources.


Property maintenance and water damage prevention can be time-consuming and overwhelming, but it is essential to ensuring you get the best results from your investment. Please contact Aborn Powers if you have any questions about caring for your property. Remember, your investments are our priority.


Residential Apartment Video Tour in Sacramento

Brittany Kenyon - Friday, March 24, 2017
Take a tour of the residential apartment available on Bell Street in Sacramento, California. This property is managed by the Property Management & Tenant Placement Services of Aborn Powers. 


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Aborn Powers is a boutique commercial firm managing properties throughout California for over 20 years. While our expertise gives us the ability to take quick, efficient and decisive action when it comes to property concerns, our top priority is fixed on giving our renters and our home owners peace of mind that their investments are cared for and growing!


To learn more about this rental property or other available residential properties, visit our Residential Page today.

To see more commercial properties available from Aborn Powers, visit our Commercial Properties today. 

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Property

Brittany Kenyon - Friday, March 24, 2017


Spring is here! Spring is here!


After a cold and sopping wet winter, I think we can all agree that we're happy about warmer weather and sunnier days. But with all of the positives of springtime comes a bit of added responsibility. (And no, we’re not talking about getting a tan!)


It’s spring cleaning time! In order for your investment to retain its value, you must ensure the property is well kept, and looking and functioning at its best. The spring season is the refreshing time period to do just that.


Here are Aborn Powers’ spring cleaning tips for your property.


Before Cleaning


Start with a walk through of the property


Before you begin cleaning, start by scanning the property for higher level issues. If you are using an external cleaning service, our recommendation is to walk through the property with them to assess what needs to be cleaned or fixed. The key here is to catch smaller issues before they become a financial disaster.


Make a list of high vs. low priority tasks


  • High priority tasks consists of all the cleaning and repairs that need to be done right away. These are the tasks that you’ve probably been thinking of all winter long, and they need to be taken care of this spring!


  • Low priority tasks are often more of a wish list, items that you would love to have done someday. Think carpet, paint, new roof, whole house fans, better windows or appliances.


This will get you on the right track of what to tackle first.


Spring Cleaning To-Do’s


Inspect the exterior. There could be damage or cracks on the roof or side of the building. Catch these issues before they become a big problem!


Check driveway, sidewalks, parking for cracks or sunken concrete. If you notice damage, it’s best to fix it soon as possible to avoid bigger problems. There are companies that can grind down concrete so it is no longer a trip hazard.


Check the fences around the property. Make fence repairs as needed.


Landscape the property. This depends on what the outside of your property looks like, but it will typically include trimming bushes and trees, replanting and cleaning up.


▢ Clear out the gutters. It’s time for all of the gunk and leaves to go.


▢ Assess the floors. Cold weather and rain can damage ground surfaces both inside and outside. Arrange cleaning and maintenance solutions that fit your flooring type. Professional grout cleaners can do wonders.


Deep clean the bathrooms. Bathrooms should always be cleaned regularly, but sometimes they need a thorough, deep clean!


▢ Clean the carpets. Cleaning the carpet in your property can remove stains, dirt and allergens, not to mention it will look better.


Dust/clean blinds and drapes. Get rid of the sneaky dust and allergens hiding here.


Inspect HVAC units. (Especially the AC before summer!) The last thing you want you or your tenants to have is a broken AC unit in the summer.


Replace air filters.


Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries as needed.


Inspect all emergency and safety equipment. Check the status of fire extinguishers, security systems, alarms and more.



Other Helpful Tips


1. Stock up on items

  • Since you are in the cleaning mindset, it’s a perfect time to stock up on supplies your property needs. (Light bulbs, water filters, hardware, etc.)


2. Establish communication with your tenants

  • Communication is a key factor to having happy tenants. Set expectations and communicate with tenants so that they know what to do for the year to come.


3. Record what you did

  • Keep a record of everything you completed during spring cleaning. Come next year, looking back at your records will make it much easier to plan - both your finances and time.


The last piece of advice we have: When you have a clean and organized property, the people in that space will be happier and healthier. It’s a proven fact!


Here’s to an awesome springtime full of cleaning!


Aborn Powers has over 20 years of experience in caring for investments, which includes spring cleaning! We hope this has been a motivating article for you and your property.


Please contact us if you have any questions about caring for your property. Remember, we treat your investments as if they are our own.

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