• Alexa L. Barnett

One Year At Southern Land Company!


Disclaimer: this is the personal blog of Alexa Barnett and does not reflect the positions of her employer.


Cheers to one year as the Commercial Property Manager for Southern Land Company!


Since it's #NationalPreparednessMonth I wanted to share some valuable lessons I've learned in the past 365 days about preparedness:



YOU MAKE PLANS, THE BUILDING LAUGHS

Have a plan in place and keep it accessible so you're ready when things inevitably go wrong. Then take a deep breath when the thing that goes wrong isn't something you could possibly have prepared for. It will happen. So, knowing who to contact, documenting everything as it unfolds, and staying calm under pressure are key.


LABEL EVERYTHING

In an urgent situation the last thing you want to think about is what switch to flip.


BECOME A HISTORIAN

Properties should be documented like we document our own lives. Write everything down and keep it organized for future reference. Take an absurd number of photos and save them in a file. Hopefully, those notes and photos never see the light of day, but wow are they useful when you need them.

Andrew Riley, CarpentersPlus & Tanya Bay, Rose Paving
Some of my favorite vendors!

BEFRIEND THY VENDOR

Vendors are the doctors that keep your property happy, healthy, and looking beautiful. The ones who are passionate about what they do will be your best resource for problem solving. Befriend them now, not when you need them. And when you find a good vendor, brag about them to anyone who will listen.


TEAM = FAMILY

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a team to maintain a property. If you’re lucky like I was, you’ll be hired into a great family.





TOOLS

ServPro ReadyPlan App: I have this for the big stuff (water shutoff, electric shutoff, sprinklers). I haven’t had to use it yet but I’m glad to know it’s ready to go if I get “that” call at 2am.

AirTable: I built a database that has all my vendors, photos, R&M log, notes of past incidents, etc. Their iPhone app is user friendly, but unreliable if I need to look something up in the bottom two levels of the parking garage.


This is NOT a sponsored post - just telling you what tools help me be stay prepared.


Bonus preparedness tip:

Always keep a pair of flats under your desk and breath mints in your drawer.