Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Valet Trash Service. Do You Agree with It? Does Your Company Use It?

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Valet Trash Service. Do You Agree with It? Does Your Company Use It?

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OWEN AHEARN, CPM

PRESIDENT

AHEARN REALTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

LAKEVILLE, MASS.

yes

I am in favor of the valet trash and recycling services that are now available to residential apartment and condominium communities. The valet trash and recycling services are a positive benefit to residents, unit owners and managers of real estate. Some of the benefits to owners and residents are: no more carrying garbage bags down stairways or walkways; not having to transport trash in their vehicles to the first open container; not having to touch dirty and unsanitary refuse containers; and last, not having to take late night walks alone to the usually darkened container areas.

The benefits realized to asset managers, property managers and associations are numerous as well. Valet trash services are often competitively priced and inexpensive to offer to residents and unit owners. Utilizing the service allows property managers to attain a competitive edge in marketing their housing communities. The properties often are cleaner because the valet service will ensure the proper disposal of household refuse. Onsite maintenance can spend more time handling maintenance and completing work orders than focusing their efforts on trash and recycling efforts. This may lead to high resident satisfaction and greater resident retention efforts, reducing costly vacancy turnover. Some valet trash and recycling companies utilize cutting-edge software to collect data on all waste pickups, allow for custom schedule changes, have the ability to note and document trash violators and provide this information back to the property manager.

Most valet services offer their trash and recycling services five nights a week to residents and owners. Recycling is part of the Green movement and allows properties to become more environmentally conscious. Valet trash and recycling services are a win-win to the owners, tenants and managers of residential real estate communities. …

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