May23rd 2018 By Jayson Dahl

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If you own or manage a retail store, then you may take great strides to keep the interior of your store clean and organized to keep customers satisfied. However, if you don’t put much effort into keeping your exterior storefront clean, then you likely do not understand that a clean storefront is just as important as a clean store interior.

Read on to learn just how important storefront cleanliness is and learn three storefront cleaning tips.


There are two main reasons you should keep your storefront clean: customer satisfaction and premise liability law.

Customer Satisfaction

No matter how many regular customers you currently have, you are likely always looking forward to gaining new customers to increase store revenue. You may not realize that the key to attracting those new customers could be as simple as cleaning your storefront up.

Ninety-five percent of shoppers take a storefront’s appearance into consideration when deciding whether to even enter the store or not. In addition, over half of all retail shoppers surveyed stated that they have chosen not to enter a store simply because the storefront was not clean.

Premise Liability Law

In addition, all business owners are required to keep their properties free from hazards that could lead to the public injuring themselves on the property. Slip-and-fall accidents are extremely common, and about one million Americans experience slip-and-fall injuries each year. Many of these falls occur in store parking lots.

While you may take care to fix parking lot potholes and cracks that could lead to slip-and-falls your business could be held liable for, you may not realize that your business could also be held liable for slipand-fall accidents that occur due to a customer slipping on a liquid such as oil in your parking lot or tripping over debris on your lot.


Keeping your storefront clean doesn’t have to be difficult. Try implementing the following tips

1. Sweep and Inspect the Parking Lot at Least Every Morning

Be sure to clear your parking lot of debris every morning before your store opens to remove items your customers could trip on during the course of your business day. While clearing debris, also inspect the lot for spilled liquids, such as oil that may have leaked from cars, and clean up these spills promptly to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

Also, have employees check the lot often throughout the day for new debris and fall hazards, and have them clean it up promptly.

2. Have Graffiti Removed Promptly

Graffiti is a large problem in California today. In fact, in one recent year alone, over 32 million square feet of graffiti had to be cleaned up in the city of Los Angeles alone. If you frequently or occasionally arrive at your store to see that your storefront has been vandalized with graffiti, then it is very important to have it cleaned up by professionals promptly.

Graffiti removal professionals have an array of graffiti removal products and techniques they can use to restore the exterior surface of your building back to its original condition without damaging it.

The longer the graffiti remains on your storefront, the more shoppers the graffiti will likely deter.

3. Have Your Parking Lot Professionally Cleaned Annually

No matter how often you sweep your parking lot and clean up spills, it can be tough to remove embedded dirt, tire marks, and stains that accumulate on its surface. This makes it important to have your parking lot cleaned by a cleaning company at least once a year. After professional parking lot cleaning, you may be surprised when many of the parking lot stains you thought were permanent are able to be removed easily with the right professional cleaning products.

If you are a retail business owner or manager, then realize that the cleanliness of your storefront is just as important as the cleanliness of the interior of your store. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your retail store exterior cleaning needs.

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 What Are Day Porter Service Providers And Why Do You Need Them?

Every commercial property needs to be properly maintained and cleaned and that’s what a day porter service provider can do for your company. Without proper cleaning and repair, the building will soon be a gathering place for dirt, grime, trash, peeling paint, cobwebs, streaked windows, and filthy restrooms.  Doesn’t sound good, does it?

A lack of cleanliness and basic minor repair can lead to much bigger problems and a reduction in property value. In order to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of a building, find yourself a good day porter service.  This service provides people to clean malls, stores, hotels, offices, and other public buildings.

Day porters are used to working in busy, high traffic areas, and are familiar with all kinds of cleaning and trash removal, as well as minor repairs and painting.

Where To Find A Day Porter Service Provider

Crestview worker providing day porter service at a commercial locationThere are lots of companies that provide these kinds of services and they are not hard to find. In fact, you can do it with just a few clicks because there are a lot of websites offering day porter services.

  • Check day porter websites and see if the services available fit your needs.
  • Ask for referrals and recommendations from friends and businesses associates.
  • Ask your parking lot sweeping provider if the company also offers day porter services.

You should check out the specific services that day porters provide. This way, you can be aware of what to look for and what questions to ask.

The Scope Of Services

There are various agencies and companies that offer day porter services and the scope is quite wide: The services usually include:

  • cleaning, picking up of trash by hand when needed, disinfecting when necessary
  • removal of litter from the daily traffic of workers, visitors, and clients who use the facility
  • cleaning and maintenance of restrooms
  • dusting, cleaning up of spills
  • window washing
  • emptying, wiping down, and relining trash bins
  • cleaning and tidying newspaper, magazine, and information stands, and telephone booths
  • painting walls and trim

Almost everything related to cleaning and maintenance of public facilities is provided by a day porter service, but check and make sure everything you want done will be included.  For instance, you may want to check on what won’t be done – e.g., toxic waste items or needles might not be removed.

Things To Remember When Hiring This Service

crestview day porter cleaning a box office ticket windowIn order to get all the services you need, you should keep several factors in mind when choosing a day porter. Knowing the qualities that a day porter should possess can help in your evaluation of the services offered.  Day porters should:

  • be skilled and knowledgeable about cleaning techniques for a variety of surfaces
  • understand the importance of sanitization and know when it is needed
  • have a clear understanding of not only the importance of cleanliness in public areas but also how to do their jobs efficiently with a minimum of disruption to the people around them
  • have good cleaning equipment and know how to use it properly
  • have access to, and know how to use, non-chemical cleaners if requested
  • be able to determine if locks, buzzers, outlets, and other such items need to be replaced or repaired
  • be bonded, insured, and licensed
  • should guarantee satisfaction

Communication skills are important too, because day porters should be able to collaborate with the maintenance supervisor and be experienced in dealing with both clients and tenants.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider before hiring a day porter provider. Find the best provider out there so that you receive good value for your money.

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How To Spot A Bad Tenant

Day Porter services by Crestview Property Maintenance A bad tenant can spell disaster for you and your business – and a string of bad tenants can ruin your business entirely. If you’re in charge of renting a building or apartment unit out to multiple tenants, then it’s important that you know how to spot a bad tenant from a mile away.
As property maintenance providers, Crestview Property Maintenance  often cleans up the damages leftover by bad, disrespectful tenants. Since we know a lot about the issue, we decided to share a few tell-tale signs of a bad tenant and how to avoid them.

  1. They’re Hesitant To Complete An Application

A good tenant will arrive to the leasing office with all of the proper materials needed to fill out a leasing application. If the potential tenant doesn’t come prepared, or is otherwise hesitant to complete an application, this is your first warning sign. If the tenant tries to skip over the application process, notify them that all potential tenants are required to fill one out. If they are not willing to do so, then you don’t want them as your tenant anyway.

    1. They’ve Had Multiple Jobs In A Short Period Of Time

Multiple job changes in the previous 6 months to a year can indicate that the individual is having trouble holding down a job – and will also have trouble paying rent on time. If the individual’s estimated income doesn’t seem like enough to cover rent, and he or she isn’t willing or able to tell you any other income sources, it’s time to say goodbye.

    1. They Have No Previous Rental History

While it’s not a problem to accept first-time renters as your tenants (they just need to have a responsible co-signer), you should be wary of an individual who has rented before but has no proof of it. If he or she says they were paying their friend, significant other, or family member the rent, be careful – ask for proof that rent was paid on time. It’s possible that the tenant was violating previous lease agreements by staying in the apartment without notifying the landlord. If they were willing to break rules in the past, they’ll break them again.

    1. They’ve Had Multiple Address Changes In The Past Year

Again, this is an obvious warning sign. Why did the tenant have to change addresses so often? It’s possible that they were evicted from their previous rental spaces, either for late payments or for violating the renter’s agreement.

  1. They Pressure You To Finalize The Lease ASAP

Never give in to an overly pushy rental applicant. Complete your lease agreement under your own rules and according to your normal schedule. Follow your normal routine and don’t make any exceptions for a pushy tenant. A tenant who is rude and in too much of a hurry to find a place to stay will likely cause problems once the lease is signed.

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Good Property Maintenance Services Safeguard Property Values

Every building and facility should have property maintenance services as regularly as needed and can be afforded. Whether you own or manage a commercial property, you should consider the importance of maintenance. Who wants to live in, work in, or visit a building that is dirty, unsafe, and looks like it would fit right in with buildings on skid row?

Tenants, workers, and clients all prefer to be in clean, safe, well-kept buildings.  As an owner or manager, the building or commercial property under your care is a reflection of your business and the people who live or work in it.

In order to keep it in pristine condition for all to enjoy, properties need regular attention. If you don’t arrange regular cleaning and maintenance, and are getting  complaints,  the property may not require just small repairs, but large expensive repairs, deep, major cleaning, and some areas – like the roof or the entrance– might be damaged beyond repair and need full replacement.

Use Quality Maintenance And Commercial Cleaning Services

If you skimp on property maintenance or commercial cleaning services until the paint is peeling off the walls, the security lights are burned out, and the parking lot has become a neighborhood dumping ground, you will likely be unhappy with the fall out:

  • The property value can decreases significantly
  • The building and property will become unsafe and unhealthy, which may leave you open to lawsuits
  • Complaints will multiply; tenants may leave or even break contracts
  • Security will be compromised as systems fall into disrepair
  • Your public image as a good business citizen will be undermined

What To Expect From A Property Maintenance Services

Property maintenance services involves all the factors important in maintaining the quality, cleanliness, and value of a building or property. From the interior to the exterior, a property maintenance service will assess the property’s condition, report to you and explain their services. Damaged areas can be fixed, paint can be applied. A variety of service options will be available including:

  • Cleaning rooms, apartments, or offices when they are vacated
  • Moving-in preparations, such as repainting
  • Parking lot cleaning and striping services
  • Removal of graffiti and applications of anti-graffiti coatings where required
  • Installation, replacement, and repair of signs
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Repair and maintenance of asphalt
  • Clean out of storm drains
  • Removal of unwanted items

These are only a few of the many services you may need.

How To Evaluate Property Maintenance Vendors

There are many companies that offer maintenance and cleaning services but it is important to find the best one for your facility. By “best,” we mean that it will be a company that can meet your special requirements and deliver in a consistent and professional basis. Before hiring a company, evaluate and compare several of them.

Items to Consider When Hiring a Property Maintenance Service:

  • Experienced staff with excellent communication skills
  • State-of-the-art cleaning and repair equipment
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded
  • Knowledgeable in all aspects of the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, grounds, parking lots and garages
  • Reasonable prices
  • 24-hour customer support
  • Good references
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

When you notice that your property is starting to lose its original luster, or you see signs that it is not as clean as it could be, or things are beginning to look a little shabby, don’t wait any longer. Find a company that offers professional property maintenance services– it can save you a lot of grief and, over time, a lot of money.

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Benefits of a Professional Day Porter Service

For those who manage or own private office buildings which do not include a cleaning service, you may want to consider a professional day porter to improve the cleanliness and appearance of your property while offloading the responsibility from your tenants. When a day porter service is doing its job effectively, you generally won’t notice because common areas will consistently be clean. If you have ever walked into a really nice office setting and notice no trash outside by the entrance, well-kept floors and area rugs, and clean bathrooms, those are the result of an effective cleaning service making sure the facility is well maintained.Day porter’s are not only for office settings. Public areas in the malls, office buildings, hotels, and more, become the responsibility of a day porter to keep clean. Malls are often an especially large task because of their massive size, but a day porter is best for this kind of work as long as assigned personnel are sufficient to address the facility’s needs. A day porter can be very beneficial to small companies, as well as big ones. If you want to keep your property clean, and don’t want to hire someone specifically for those purposes, it’s best to contract with a company which provides professional day porter service, like Crestview Property Maintenance .Once on-site, the day porter’s can clean up trash on the property, pick up items that may be inside the property in public areas, clean bathrooms, replenish necessary items such as toilet paper and more. Depending on what your specific needs are, you can hire a day porter service to complete them without input or involvement of your staff. The appearance of your business’s property is of high value for both employees and customers, a day porter helps you meet the cleaning needs of your facility without sacrificing your time or efficiency.Any buildings that have constant traffic in and out are going to have a mess in one place or another – entrance ways, bathrooms, lobbies, and waiting rooms are typical hot spots. Easily and effectively keep these areas cleaned by hiring a day porter service.

Crestview Property Maintenance today for more information about our Day Porter services and how we can help you keep a spotless facility year-round!

One Call for All Your Building Maintenance Needs

When it comes to building maintenance there is no one solution for every project, but fortunately there is an easy way to get all of the needed jobs done with one call. One of the leading facilities maintenances companies in the Metro area of Minneapolis/ St Paul is Consolidated Service Group. The services provided by this company are tailored to fit your budget, time span, and other preferences whether the job be big, small, or somewhere in between.

More than just handyman who may or may not get the job done, at Crestview Property Maintenance the company’s employees put time and care into each one of their service calls to ensure satisfaction. The attention to detail, of the highly trained staff, and willingness to work in even the most difficult situations, make CVPM a cut above the rest when it comes to interior and exterior maintenance.

Throughout the Metro area of the Twin cities Crestview has created the type of reputation that a company is proud to stand behind. Providing a complete range of services to provide clients with a convenient and smart option of working with one provider for a multitude of services including:
• Building Maintenance: Stucco repairs, light fixtures changed, and commercial painting are just a few of the services Crestview offers to keep your building looking pristine
• Sweeping Services: When it comes to the first impression, your parking lot, no one keeps it looking better. This will extend the life of your pavement and can help bring those customers in the door.
• Porter Services: Crestview day porters perform duties such as trash collecting, removing cigarette butts from flower beds, and wiping down trash cans. This checklist can be modified to fit individual needs for your business for a flat hourly rate on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
• Bulk Debris Removal: Whether a remodel is in progress or a storm hits creating debris, the curb appeal of your business can be effected. Crestview is professional, safe, and environmentally friendly when it comes to debris removal.
• Janitorial Services: Providing the right variety and combination of solutions Crestview, customizes your janitorial and maintenance needs, staying committed to safety, quality and customer focus.
• Pressure Washing: If keeping the property as clean as possible is the goal, pressure washing ensures clean building, curbs, parking garages and much more.
• Hydro-Cleaning: Like pressure washing hydro cleaning uses a special cleaner to water blast dirt and grime away from parking lots and garages at a rate of ten thousand square feet per hour!
• Painting Services: Sometimes a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a business or commercial property and who better to take care of that for you than Crestview.
• Parking Lot Maintenance Services: In addition to sweeping services, Crestview also provides sealcoating and line striping, and pothole repairs. These services help to keep your parking lot looking pristine, making the best first impression.

Exterior Building Maintenance Experts
Crestview Property Maintenance  (CVPM) spent the last 10 years building individual companies that specialize in specific commercial exterior building services. The result is one point of contact that comes with a vast wealth of experience in a variety of commercial facility services. With of Minneapolis, St.Paul and surrounding subs, CVPM’s portfolio of commercial facility services enable our clients the convenience of working with a single provider for all their commercial property needs. Contact CVPM today at 612-207-0274 or visit our website at for an online proposal.

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Facility Maintenance for Shopping Centers Maintenance

Facility maintenance for shopping centers is key to an effective operation.  Advanced Service Solutions offers professional property management services.  Our company is expert at shopping center facility maintenance. Exemplary facility maintenance for shopping centers comes with the power washing and painting of exteriors and interiors along with other types of work.  Crestview Property Maintenance, a leading shopping center facility maintenance vendor, offers a wide variety of property management services. If other businesses offering facility maintenance for shopping centers don’t meet your expectations, call Crestview Property Maintenance.  Our quality property management services make us the right grocery store facility maintenance firm to help you.

 The Importance Of Regular Power Washing: A Little Goes A Long Way

Dirt, grime, and mildew sneak up with you. What starts as a little bit of a buildup can turn into an ugly and damaging mess very fast.  This not only ruins the appearance of your building, it can also lead to costly damages down the road. By scheduling regular commercial power washing, you make a small investment that will help your building’s bottom line in a number of ways.

A Better First Impression With Commercial Pressure Washing

Your building only gets one chance to make a first impression. If the walls, sidewalks, and windows are covered in dirt, how do you think that will influence potential tenants? Chances are, you’re going to lose business as people will be so unimpressed with the messy exterior, nothing inside the building will change their minds.  A commercial power wash from time to time will change that.

A dirty exterior also creates problems with your current tenants. No one likes coming home to a messy building and your lack of cleaning will leave many wondering why they signed a lease in the first place. Tenants will also start questioning how you’re using their HOA fees. By regularly cleaning your building, you’ll create an atmosphere that is pleasing to new and old tenants alike.

Commercial Power Washing Services Are A Money Saver

If you don’t regularly clean the exterior of your building, the dirt buildup can cost you in more than a few ways. Some of the problems you could run into include:

  • Cracks developing on your walls and sidewalks from mildew and mold.
  • The need to replace windows that are too dirty to see out of and clean.
  • Damaged gutters that are clogged with too much dirt.
  • Lawsuits from people that slip and fall on algae buildups on the floors.

All these problems are much more expensive than the costs of a commercial power washing service. Regular building upkeep definitely pays off in the end.

Commercial Regular Pressure Washing Is Easy Pressure Washing

The longer you let dirt buildup, the harder it is to remove. If you keep putting off your pressure washing, the job is going to be a lot more difficult and expensive.

Sidewalk commercial power washing by universal site servicesYour cleaners are going to need to spend more time to clean up your building and will need to use more costly equipment and supplies. In addition, there is a greater chance that some parts may be too dirty to clean and will need to be replaced. When you schedule regular cleanings, each job will be quick and simple.

Don’t get discouraged though if you haven’t scheduled a cleaning in a while. With commercial pressure washing, it’s better late than never. The right cleaning service will be able to make your dirty exterior looking good as new. From there, you can get back on track to a regular cleaning schedule. It’s better to pay for one slightly more expensive cleaning today instead of procrastinating to costly damages and replacements tomorrow.

Keeping the exterior of your building clean is as easy or complicated as you make it. Kicking the cleaning can down the road will lead to bigger bills and bigger headaches. With commercial pressure washing, truly a little goes a long way.


Use Your Property Maintenance Services Company As Your Eyes And Ears

Ensuring that your property is well-maintained and running efficiently is no easy balancing act. Tracking both interior and exterior upkeep requires constant planning and organization, never mind preparing for emergency maintenance.

These are just a few of your daily responsibilities, but as you know, they can quickly take up most of your time. Investing in a better reporting system for yourself and your team can allow you to balance your tasks and keep your property pristine.

Keeping On Top Of Small Details Is A Full-Time Job

Walking your property regularly and keeping up with scheduled building maintenance are the best ways to pay attention to the little details. By doing these, you will better notice neglected tasks in hidden corners or find situations before they turn into larger issues.

You can’t be everywhere all the time, however. Even with help from your assistant manager and an alert management team, potential problems can often go unnoticed. For example:

  • Small plumbing leaks in the restrooms
  • Carpet spots or stains in hidden areas
  • Water-stained ceiling tiles in empty suites
  • Broken sprinkler heads in the irrigation system
  • Small chips or cracks in a window

Minor problems like these can turn into major headaches if they are not handled quickly. Without a firm grasp on details like these, it’s easy to miss similar issues, leaving you calling the same repair service twice in one week. Small leaks and cracks also cost money by subtly increasing utility bills.

How Your Property Maintenance Services Can Be The Eyes And Ears Of Your Property

As you know, curb appeal is one of the first things people see when they visit a lease space on your property. Your landscaper and exterior service providers can help you spot problems before they start.

Observant people working for your property maintenance company can be extra eyes and eyes for you. While carrying out their duties, they will see potential problems; giving you the ability to handle them before they turn into larger, more costly situations.

For instance, your window cleaning service is in the perfect position to notice small window cracks or other issues on the exterior of your building. This is especially true for a high rise building, where you are not likely to have the opportunity to have a close exterior view of the upper floors’ windows.

How Day Porters And Cleaning Services Can Keep You Informed On Interior Issues

An overflowing coffee pot, a broken pen, or a spilled soft drink can ruin a carpet, especially if a tenant tries to clean it up with the wrong product or even worse—bleach.

Day porters can be your first line of defense against these kinds of potential interior problems. As they are filling restroom supplies, they are in a position to notice minor plumbing problems. While emptying trash cans, they might observe carpet stains under a desk. Minor problems like these are can be repaired quickly, thus saving time and money.

Of course, you don’t want a constant flow of people running in your office to tell you about every little carpet spot. But you do need to be informed about these types of situations in a timely manner.

Do you have a system in place for the property maintenance company to or report these problems? Keep an open relationship between property management and your site services company representative. By establishing a report system for day porters, the cleaning crew, and other maintenance workers to inform property management about potential problems on your property, you can stay informed without being overwhelmed. And when you’re informed, you can save money by fixing minor problems before they become major, and planning your repairs to fix several small problems at once.

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Dumpster Cleaning

 How To Maintain Dumpster Enclosures (And Why You Should!)

Maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of all different kinds of dumpster enclosures is a must not only for your own peace of mind, but it will encourage tenants to help with the upkeep instead of cause more of a mess. Dumpster enclosures include but are not limited to grease, food and waste, and recycling receptacles, all of which may be on the grounds of your rentals.

Ensuring your property service maintenance crews are aware of any and all enclosures at each of your properties is just as important as informing tenants of their location and proper upkeep etiquette. While the first step is making sure the receptacles and their surrounding areas are as clean as possible, it is just as imperative to encourage your tenants to help with this effort.

Fact is, if a property’s trash or recycling enclosure is a mess along with the area it resides in, tenants are less likely to make an effort to get the waste into the proper area! While it may seem like common sense, it would also be beneficial to include a list of what items can go into each particular receptacle; just another way to help encourage the overall cleanliness and ease of maintenance of all enclosures.

Why It Is Important To Keep Dumpster Enclosures Clean

As property managers and property management companies, you are contributing members of your community and have duties beyond the normal citizen. In managing apartment complexes, houses, businesses, or even storage spaces, you are responsible for the appearance and upkeep of the physical property and surrounding area. While you are renting these spaces to others, it is still part of your job to ensure they are properly maintained. This includes all types of dumpster enclosures that may be on your property’s premises.

Why This Matters:

  • Having trash littered around the area where dumpster enclosures are located is detrimental not only to the reputation of your company, but to the environment and community in general
  • It is important to research the waste and recycling enclosure needs of each specific property
  • In properly equipping residents and businesses with the enclosures that they need, chances are greater they will actually use the receptacles
  •  Many cities and towns have taken on ‘keep our community beautiful’ initiatives, this includes ensuring trash and other waste is properly disposed of

The Ins And Outs Of Different Types Of Enclosures And Wastewater Disposal

Beyond dumpsters, there are several additional types of receptacles that you may deal with at your rentals. It is important to you (and your tenants) know what each is for, and are aware of what items can go in the specific enclosure, according to your city’s regulations.

  • Food waste enclosures
  • Recycling receptacles
  • Grease enclosures

Lastly, becoming knowledgeable about the proper procedures for the disposal of wastewater used for cleaning these enclosures is also a must. If done incorrectly or sloppily, this can lead to public health hazards and be harmful to the environment and overall water quality. There are several methods for disposing of wastewater, depending on what it was used for. Keep these wastewater tips in mind:

  • All wastewater must be disposed of
  • Surface Disposal: this method spreads wastewater over the ground surface, typically near irrigation ditches
  • Subsurface Disposal: dispose of the wastewater into the ground either through pits or tile fields
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