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 excessive time and attention from maintenance and management personnel. This is where smart property automation comes in. Smart water detection systems provide real-time response to property managers when moisture is detected inside their community’s apartments. This early warning system enables PMs to act quickly, which enables them to stop flooding costs before they have a chance to spiral out of control. These costs include the various levels or “colors” of water damage as well as mold remediation and general labor plus materials. An example of white-water extraction would be the drying of a kitchen area that has been flooded with “clean” water. Even though white water is the least expensive of the three types of water, extraction can cost upwards of $1,000 each occurrence. Grey water is water that has been used for washing dishes and clothes as well as bathing. The cost of damage due to grey water, which can harbor dangerous bacteria and viruses, is an average of $3,000, according to fixr. com. Black water is wastewater that comes from the toilets of multifamily homes. Since exposure to black water leads to diseases and infections like hepatitis and gastroenteritis, black water home flooding must be avoided at all costs. In addition to its health hazards, black water damage repair costs up to $8,000 per occurrence. Additionally, the average cost of mold remediation is $3,500 and up.
Here is a snapshot of labor and materials costs. Note that these costs may be more expensive in areas where the costs of specific items and labor run higher:
• Replacing damaged drywall (demolition/ reconstruction phase): $1.40 per sq. ft.
• Repairing damaged plaster walls (demolition/ reconstruction phase): $6.25 – $18.75 per sq. ft.
• Refinishing hardwood floors (restoration phase): $10.45 per sq. ft.
• Replacing carpets (restoration phase): $4.70 – $5.50 per sq. ft.
• Woodwork (reconstruction phase): $70.00 per hour for carpentry work
• Mold remediation (cleaning phase): $5.00 per sq. ft.
So, let us circle back to the point about how smart tech increases efficiency and net operating income. To address the point about efficiency, a quick story may help.
Recently, a Los Angeles-based property manager named Liz had a busy Friday. After coming into the office and sitting her coffee down on her desk, Liz reached for her mouse cursor. Clicking, she brought up the smart dashboard that gives her an overview of the entire 200-unit complex she manages. The smart technology on Liz’s dashboard told her that 10 of her units were experiencing low battery alerts for fire alarms. Then there was the water leak in unit no. 31 and the smoke detector had gone off the previous night in one of the adjacent units. Finally, the tour she needed to give to her potential tenants popped up. To top it all off, her boss finally granted her time for that meeting today; the one that she could not afford to miss. Scanning her dashboard for the other smart safety and security alerts that kept pouring in, she took a deep breath and pressed on.
Her smart dashboard, which eliminates the need to physically inspect each individual unit, immediately began saving her time. After shooting off emails to tenants so she could schedule replacement fire alarms before they came home to those intrusive beeping sounds, she was on to her next task. A maintenance person got dispatched to visually inspect the smoke detector that had alerted the previous night. The unit experiencing the water leak also received a visual inspection; because of this, she was able to avoid costly damage.
Regarding the point about increased NOI, smart technology can lead to greater tenant retention (as today’s renters show a strong interest in smart apartments), justification for increasing rents, and less money spent on disaster mitigation.
As you can see, smart technology is changing the way that apartment communities are being managed—for the better. There are many benefits of owning a smart apartment community; those that stand out to us the most include disaster mitigation, increased NOI, and better overall efficiency
 Arize is a smart apartment technology company that offers multifamily properties all the latest products in property automation. With Arize’s secure platform, property management teams can build safer, more connected communities. Arize’s smart, synced system offers a superior collection of management software and automated devices including smart locks, water leak detectors, and more. Visit https://www.arizehub.com for more information.
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