From Howie B
Spring and summer are finally really here! What a winter is was - cold, snowy, long and a bit challenging on our daily lives. Let’s look forward to warmth, outdoors and enjoying day to day lives in our great city - Baltimore.
Great sports teams, new restaurants opening every week, and additional signs of a slowly improving economy, some hiring and properties being renovated are all great reasons to get up and about throughout the city. Baltimore City itself is improving some of its owned properties, upgrading water systems, sheading occupied and vacant units, cleaning more streets than ever and much more at more aggressive pace.
At Howie B, we are continuously renovating and improving every unit we own and the new ones that we acquire. In the past few years, all flat roofs have been replaced with silver coated (cooler in the summer) roofs and new gutters and downspouts; new energy efficient lighting fixtures, indoors and outdoors, have been installed; all appliances and HVAC systems are EnergyStar® rated; many kitchens and bathrooms have been updated with bolder modern looks and granite counters; all carpeting has been removed from all residential units except three and replaced mostly with gleaming hardwood floors. Whether an apartment, a row home or a single family detached house, our residential units are very clean, updated and all have an incredibly fresh look at moderate prices.
We watch our pricing compared to our competitors and we are usually a much better value, additionally no one matches our quick response on the few matters where we do need to provide a service call. Be sure to report any needed service as soon a problem arises; those items needing attention never improve on their own. Call, email, text, fax – whatever is easiest for you.
Call the City at 311 if you see any abandoned vehicles, broken street lights, illegally posted signs along any roadways, potholes or any other needed city services. Your eyes will help the City be more active in its own upkeep and improve our neighborhoods. I personally call several times every month.
As weather and the city inspectors get more aggressive each year, we all need to be more proactive in averting any problems or violation notices and fines. Commercial and residential tenants are all responsible that all curbs and alleys are always clean of silt or any other debris; all trash and recycling is secured with lids and cannot be disturbed by animals or weather; all entryways and common areas are not obstructed at any time for safety of tenants, visitors and guests; and it would help tremendously helpful if everyone carried a respectful mindset in relation to their neighbors, whether people or businesses.
FACTOID: The state sport of Maryland is jousting.
I wish for everyone to everyday be happy, healthy and independently live within their own means. I look forward to hearing from you or seeing around town.