Day: November 14, 2020

Vacation Rental Maintenance: What To Expect by Mike Harrington

If you own a vacation or short-term rental, you know that maintenance and upkeep are always important, and at times, they can be overwhelming. But part of the value of enlisting a property management company like Carolina Retreats, those activities can be a little less stressful.

 

Not all property management companies are the same. Some property management organizations only do minimal property maintenance, and many seem nickel and dime for each “trip” or “work order” throughout the season for an additional profit center. If you’ve owned a home for any period of time, you’ve likely either heard about, or experienced, the frustrating “$30 lightbulb” charge on your monthly statement!

 

At Carolina Retreats, our property care is different. Our guiding principle is just to do what is right when it comes to the routine guest reported maintenance throughout the season. It comes down to creating a much better guest experience when our team can act swiftly and take care of a guest’s need, and a much better Owner experience when there are no surprise charges at the end of the month. For this reason, all in-house maintenance labor is completely covered in our scope of services. That’s right, no more “$30 lightbulbs!”

 

An advantage to using a firm that has the scale and resources like Carolina Retreats is that we have an in-house team of people who are accountable to you to make sure your home is perfect for welcoming guests year-round. We offer professional housekeepers who do thorough cleanings and sanitations, and on-staff maintenance workers who perform diligently and tirelessly to make sure your home looks, feels, and operates at its absolute best.

 

We use our enterprise mobile app to conduct routine, extensive inspections, and checks on everything from lighting, electronics, appliances, to heating and air conditioning before and after every guest stay. If something goes awry or needs to be fixed, our expert maintenance crews are right there to handle every emergency, routine repair, and any large or small detail.

The North Carolina coast offers magnificent experiences, but our weather and the salt air can be harsh on our properties. That’s why the off-season is the perfect time to spruce up the outside of your home. Likewise, the interior of your vacation and short-term rental may need some TLC, too. Carolina Retreats property care professional team gives you peace of mind. Here are several things that we can do for you: 

 

  • Deck repair and replacement – loose and broken boards, exposed nails and screws, worn benches and railings all pose safety hazards for you and your guests. We can make that deck safe and inviting.

 

  • Windows, deck/patio doors, sunroofs and skylight cleaning, repair, and replacement – glass windows, deck and patio doors, sunroofs, and skylights get gritty, grimy, scratched, broken, and lose their luster. Now is time to give them a deep cleaning or replacement. They can also shift, leak, or their tracks, hinges, and handles get gummed
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Trump’s Vaccine Comments Boost Movie-Theater, Travel Stocks

(Bloomberg) — The beaten-down shares of movie-theater companies, cruise operators and airlines got a boost late Friday after President Donald Trump and coronavirus experts expressed optimism that vaccines would soon be granted emergency use authorizations.



a person sitting in a chair: Moviegoers sit inside a United Cinemas International (UCI) movie theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Health experts are sounding the alarms on a sudden rise in coronavirus cases in early Brazilian hotspots like Rio de Janeiro, even as local officials continue to reopen its economy.


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Moviegoers sit inside a United Cinemas International (UCI) movie theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Health experts are sounding the alarms on a sudden rise in coronavirus cases in early Brazilian hotspots like Rio de Janeiro, even as local officials continue to reopen its economy.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. gained as much as 13% in postmarket trading, while Cinemark Holdings Inc. rose more than 6%. Delta Air Lines Inc., American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines Holdings Inc. all added at least 2%, while Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. increased more than 1%.

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Airlines, cruise operators and theater stocks have been among the worst performers this year after seeing business dry up with more people staying home. Travel-related companies make up a quarter of the 20 worst-performers on the S&P 500 Index.

Emergency use authorizations should be coming soon for vaccines such as the one being developed by Pfizer Inc., Trump and members of a team tasked with accelerating vaccine development said at a White House press conference. Even as daily infections in the U.S. reached another record and with an increasing number of states adopting more clampdown measures, Trump said his administration would not be “going to a lockdown.”



a close up of a busy city street: A bicycle taxi passes in front of an AMC movie theater at night in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2020. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is considering a range of options that include a potential bankruptcy to ease its debt load as the pandemic keeps moviegoers from attending and studios from supplying films.


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A bicycle taxi passes in front of an AMC movie theater at night in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2020. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is considering a range of options that include a potential bankruptcy to ease its debt load as the pandemic keeps moviegoers from attending and studios from supplying films.

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Former Chicago hotel workers call on city, former employers to bring them back to work

Dozens of former Chicago hotel workers and union leaders on Friday called on the city’s hotels and civic leaders to ensure employees laid off during the pandemic will get their jobs back once more visitors return to the city.

“It’s really important that the people who build this city not get left behind,” said Angel Castillo, organizing director for hospitality worker union Unite Local 1.

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 22,621 hotel jobs were lost in the state as of September. Unite Local 1 cited data from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, saying that more than 12,000 of those jobs were in Chicago.

At the rally at Federal Plaza downtown, organizers said there should be protections put in place that guarantee workers will be able to come back when the economy rebounds.

“We know that the business will come back and new vaccines and treatments show us that there is a path back to normal,” said Unite Local 1 president Karen Kent. “But many hotel workers don’t know whether they’ll have a job when guests come back.”

These are workers like Melisa Magaña, who was a room attendant at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago before being laid off.

Magaña, a single mother of five, said her family depended on the health insurance and dental coverage her job provided, especially since her son had recently gotten a root canal. She lost her insurance when she was laid off.

She added that she hasn’t been able to find other jobs since being laid off and bills have started to pile up.

“I missed soccer games and time with my kids because I was working so much,” she said. “This job was our life.”

Melisa Magana, a single mother of five who worked as a room attendant at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, recounts how she was laid off during a press conference at Federal Plaza in the Loop Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020. Dozens of out-of-work hotel workers and members of Unite Here Local 1 gathered to demand hotels to give workers their jobs back, including their pay raises and benefits, once the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Melisa Magana, a single mother of five who worked as a room attendant at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, recounts how she was laid off during a press conference at Federal Plaza in the Loop Friday morning.
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Maria Delgado, a former room attendant at the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile, said through a translator that working in hotels was her passion, and that losing her job led to lost sleep, a lack of appetite and even depression.

“I am asking for your help and compassion. Help us to get our jobs back, but also to give back our dignity,” Delgado said.

A Hilton spokesperson said in a statement: “The well-being of our Team Members remains our highest priority and we want to bring our Team Members back when travel resumes and as business needs allow. Until then, to further assist those unable to work through no fault of their own, we have created the Hilton Workforce Resource Center to connect hotel employees with new potential work opportunities.”

Marriott International and Hyatt did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Cherita Ellens, president and CEO of women’s worker advocacy group Women Employed, said workers like Delgado and Magaña deserve to come back to work with their pay, benefits and seniority intact.

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Atlanta couple drown on Puerto Rico vacation, leave behind 2 sons

The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University

Jamar and AnnMari Robinson were on vacation at a beach resort in Puerto Rico when they were both pulled into the ocean by a current and drowned. The incident occurred on Sunday at Condado Beach, according to the Daily Mail.

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AnnMari was swimming at the beach behind La Concha hotel when she was dragged out to sea. Her husband went in after her, but was also caught in the current. Bystanders attempted to save them but were unable to do so.

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The couple left behind two teenage sons, 14 and 15. One of the them has special needs, according to The Daily Mail.

The Robinsons were prominent figures in the Atlanta area. Jamar was the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia and AnnMari was an assistant professor at Georgia State, working towards a Ph.D. In 2014, Jamar was named an Outstanding Georgia Citizen.

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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, an official for the Fulton County school system released a statement about Jamar.

“Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” the statement said. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.”

The dean of George State, Nancy Kropf, said that AnnMari was a “beloved and admired member of the faculty.”

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The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University, before eventually settling in the Atlanta area. 

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