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Fire Restoration in a Multifamily Rental

41504663_sIf a fire were to occur in your multifamily rental property, there is help for you to get your rental property back into shape which should be done in an orderly way. Now the first thing you do after a fire, and you have made sure everyone is okay, is to contact your insurance agent to get an assessment of the damage and the money needed to do the repairs. At that point, your agent may recommend a professional fire restorer. These professional not only can tell you which items can’t be saved, but can provide hints to prevent further damage to the property. They can also give you an estimate for the totally cleaning and deodorizing your building.

However, in the meantime, after having permission from the fire marshal to enter your building and start work, you can open the windows to get air moving. If there has been a lot of water damage and the weather is warm; however, you will want to keep the windows shut and use a dehumidifier before this.

Now when you do hire a fire restoration service, they will remove the soot with a heavy duty vacuum. If the carpets and drapes have been affected by smoke, they will have to be deodorized before being cleaned professionally too. The carpets will have to be professionally cleaned twice, before the repairs are made and then again after the repairs. Additionally, in some cases, the carpet may have to be removed so the floors underneath aren’t ruined.

To continue, if your walls are plaster, the fire restoration company can use a process called “thermal fogging.” This process uses a warm chemical fog which penetrates your walls and building just like the fire did. This process neutralizes the smoke odor too as it goes through the building.

Also keep in mind that you will want to consult the restorers about your heat ducts and removing the smoke odor from them. In this case, they may use a chemical sealer to do the smoke removal.

A fire can be costly, but with the right fire restoration company, you’ll be back in business again.

Tips for Repainting a Multifamily Rental Property

When it comes time to repaint your multifamily rental property, what should you keep in mind? Well, a new coat of paint will keep your multifamily property rented by decent tenants; especially if the paint is looking shoddy. Therefore; some suggestions are listed below to make the job a little easier.

44220101_sWhen you pick a paint color choose something neutral. Also a lighter shade of paint will make the rooms much brighter. Too, unless you love to paint, having to prime your walls every time because you’ve used a dark color paint can be time consuming.

Always clean your walls before you paint. If you paint over your former tenant’s dirt and grime, it will cause issues down the road. So vacuum off the walls first and then wipe them down with a damp cloth. Then mix up some warm water and detergent in a bucket. Using a damp sponge, scrub down the walls and wring out your sponge in a second bucket.

When painting through all the rooms of a unit, use the same color paint for consistency from room to room.

Make a choice of either semi-gloss paint or eggshell. These paints are very durable and will stand up to wear and tear. Now the semi-gloss is excellent for bathrooms since it’s water resistant. Use eggshell in the living room or bedroom because it’s easier to clean.
If your walls have glossy paint on them, don’t paint over them. Glossy paint keeps new paint from sticking to the walls. So if you have glossy paint, you’ll need to use `10-grit sandpaper to take some of the glossiness off the walls so your new paint has something to hold onto. Wipe down the walls after sanding too and then prime the walls and then paint.

Repainting a rental unit isn’t difficult if you follow the above steps for a bright, cheerful rental unit.