Hurricane Season Is Upon Us

Hurricane Irma

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It’s hurricane season and we’re seeing the first major hurricane system threatening our beautiful state. Here at CPM, we have some tips to help everyone get prepared for the hurricane.

Review the South Carolina Hurricane Guide

imagesHave plenty of water, non-perishable food items, flash lights and batteries or candles, and a first aid kit on hand in case of the power goes. Fill you gas tank and charge your cell phone batteries in case you have to evacuate. The State Newspaper wrote a great article.

Have your utility companies information handy in case you need to report fallen limbs on power lines, power outages, broken pipes, etc.

imagesIn case of an evacuation, know your evacuation routes.

Never leave your pet behind! Make arrangements for your furry family member to evacuate with you.

 

Our hearts are with those who were affected in Texas, in the Caribbean, and those who might be affected in Florida.

We hope our CPM family and friends stay safe!!

 

~Sincerely, Danielle

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The End is Near…

Just Kidding!!

But, the eclipse is coming!

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If you’ve been living under a rock, Columbia, SC is in the path of the solar eclipse and we have the best seat on the East coast. So get your solar glasses ready!

There will be a TON of events going on this weekend. This website and this website has everything you need to know about each and every event in and around Columbia. You may even find some of us from CPM enjoying the festivities, typically where beer is involved…

Arts & Drafts

Southern Lights

Drive-In Movie

Tailgating at the SC State Fair Grounds

If you’d be around Five Points this weekend, there are lots of sales going on there and on Devine Street! See more about that here.

We hope to see some of you out there and don’t forget to wear your glasses!!

 

CPM will be open from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday, August 21st. 

Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios!

Summer-School

This summer has been a crazy one, to say the least. We have had good days, bad days, and everything in between! We’re looking forward to the end of the madness and cooler weather.

We have some unfortunate news to share with our readers; a couple of your favorite people have left 😦

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Gayle-Our fearless Maintenance Coordinator has received a job offer closer to her home. She will surely be missed!

 

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Meagan-Our bubbly Accounts Payable associate has received a job offer with a small engineering firm.

 

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Laura-Our part-time full-time Administrative Assistant is going to grad school at USC to pursue her PhD in Chemistry! What a smarty pants :p

 

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We are happy to introduce: Robin! Our new Accounts Payable associate. She’s learning everything quickly!

 

We recently went to one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants to wish farewell to those leaving and to welcome Robin to the team.

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Stay tuned for our next blog post about the ECLIPSE!

P.S. We have positions to fill. Look out for a special blog post coming soon!

Memorial Day Weekend

We’ll be closed on Monday, May 29th and will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th at 9AM.

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Need plans for Memorial Day weekend? We’ve got a few ideas for those of you staying in Columbia this weekend:

  • Friday, May 26th: Alive After Five at Foundation Square hosted by 1801 Grille. It’s from 5PM-8PM and it’s free to go! The event features food from 1801 Grille and craft beer specials. This weekend’s musical guests include the USC Jazz Faculty, Little Bird and the Big FanDamily Band! Find out more information here: Alive after Five
  • Saturday, May 27th: Soda City Market on Main Street. This event is hosted every Saturday morning from 9AM-1PM and features food and crafts from local and regional vendors! This is one of our favorite events here at CPM. Read more about the market and what vendors will be there this weekend here: SodaCity Market
  • Saturday, May 27th: CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series. The Travelin’ Kline and the Black Iron Gathering are playing this weekend and the event runs from 6PM-9PM and is free! This concert series is hosted over a few Saturdays in the summer, so be sure to check out their website for more information: CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series
  • Monday, May 29th: Military Appreciation Day at EdVenture. From 9AM-5PM on Monday, EdVenture will offer free admission to guests showing military identification. They have several activities planned for children and their family members! Check out more information here: EdVenture Military Appreciation Day
  • Monday, May 29th: The Columbia Fireflies will be taking on Augusta at 5PM at their stadium on Bull Street. Get your peanuts and cracker jacks here: Fireflies Baseball

 

Here are some events going on all weekend:

  • The Sample Sail at Lake Murray: here’s your chance to try your hand at sailing (or enjoy a guided boat tour) around the beautiful Lake Murray! It’s a two hour ride that is just $30 a person. You do need to call ahead to reserve a spot so make sure to check out their website for all the details here: Lanier Sailing Sample Sail
  • Visit Columbia’s craft breweries. Here are three of our favorites here in Columbia:  Swamp Cabbage BrewingRiver Rat Brewery and Conquest Brewing. If you can gather some friends together, you may be able to catch a ride on the Columbia Brew Bus!
  • Go to the drive-in! We are fortunate enough to have two drive-in theaters in the greater Columbia area this summer! While the Historic Columbia Speedway isn’t featuring anything this weekend, The Big Mo has three different screens and each one has two featured films playing back-to-back! This weekend they’ll also be hosting a fundraiser to support the Monetta Fire Department, they’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers! While this theater is a little further away, it is definitely worth the drive!

First Thursday on Main Street

First Thursday on Main

We recently became members of the Columbia Museum of Art and decided to try out First Thursday on Main this past Thursday. The restaurants and shops stay open a little later on the first Thursday of every month for this wonderful event to provide visitors with sales, samples and lots of live music. We started off by taking a self-guided tour of the Columbia Museum of Art and visited their gift shop.

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Then we popped over to the Good Life Cafe for some refreshing cold pressed juices and live music!

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Afterwards, we stopped in Nest. Nest is located in the Marriott and features a variety of locally made art and decor. This shop provides you with a taste of what is typically available at the Soda City Market on Saturdays.

We had a great time and can’t wait to try out some of the other activities and events that the Columbia Museum of Art has to offer!

We Want You!! Columbia Property Management is hiring.

We are looking for a self motivated, detailed oriented team member!  

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Leasing/Sales Agent position –

Seeking energetic and dynamic person who is interested in a career working for an established residential property management firm in Columbia, South Carolina.

Responsibilities include:

Primary office contact for rental prospects

Assists with marketing of properties

Responsible for coordinating property showings, answering property specific questions, explaining the application process and other company policies

Must schedule and maintain a calendar of appointments

Must maintain a detailed written record of appointments, inspections, etc.

Responsible for completing inspection reports

Participate in the on-call rotation for after-hours emergency calls

Skills needed:

Strong organizational an communication skills

Good time management ability and capable of being flexible

Enjoys working with a lot of different people and problem solving

Thrives in a team environment

Compensation and benefits offered:

Salary+Commission

Company car and cell phone-must maintain a clean driving record

Valid South Carolina Real Estate License

Opportunity to assist with sales for current and future property owners

Experience in residential sales/management is a plus

Health/401K benefits available

*More details available if this is a good fit for you. Please email resume and cover letter to Danielle@colapro.com 

Bundle Up

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One of our favorite tenants, Zee, knows the best way to stay warm is with a nap and a hat!

Good Morning!

 

Can you believe the year is almost over? Lots has happened at CPM this year, and we want to give back as a thank you to our great Community. Stay tuned for an update and how you can help later this month…we have serious business to attend to in the meantime.

We are expecting our first cold snap of the season, with freezing temperatures this weekend. Keep an eye on the temperatures as they continue to drop. We wanted to provide you with some tips on how to protect your property from frozen/burst pipes:

* Allow hot and cold faucets to drip during extreme cold weather as this can help prevent pipes from freezing up and bursting.

* If you open a faucet and no water comes out, this is a sign that your pipes are frozen and you will need to contact the office at (803)931-0044 or the after hours line (803)331-4469 for more information.

Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib as this will allow any built up water to freeze and freeze pipes going into the house.

*SCE&G suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter months as your heating systems will run more efficiently at this setting.

*If you will be away from your property for an extended period of time during the winter months, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save some on the heating bill but leaves the property susceptible to frozen pipes and heating system complications.

Thank you for your time and we hope that you find this information helpful. Stay warm!

 

We wanted in on the action-We moved!

We’ve been watching our tenants move comfortably from our offices for 10 years, so we thought we’d give it a try! You weren’t kidding…moving is tough!

It has officially been a week in our new office and we love it! Come by and check it out if you have not already we are right across the street from the old office 2712 Middleburg Drive Suite 101

 

In case you are a visual learner:mappic

Here are a few snap shots of the day:

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Strategy meeting 

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New conference room, temporarily CPM’s art gallery 

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We got a dishwasher!

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Anne and Danielle making important decisions. 

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Not one key was out of place!

Hurricane Matthew

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Due to inclement weather here is our obligatory hurricane post:

In order to prepare for the upcoming storm this weekend with windy conditions and possible flooding rain fall, we have provided some helpful tips to keep you, your belongings, and your property safe.  We advise you to take precautions with outside lawn furniture, decorative items, grills or anything not heavy enough to withstand the wind gusts.

To Email (Non-Emergency):

  • We ask that you email Gayle Armstrong  to notify her of minor roof leaks, fallen branches and/or trees, or damages which are not of an emergency status, but will need attention when the storm subsides.  Also, please attach a picture with your email, if possible.  *Keep in mind, a roofer cannot fix the leak while it is raining.

 

To Call (Emergency):

  • In the event of an emergency call the  on-call phone (803) 331-4469
  •  Call 911 if you feel the situation renders immediate assistance or is life threatening.
  • If you lose electricity, please contact South Carolina Electric & Gas Company at 1-800-251-7234.

 

Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Our food drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank has come to a close. Thanks to our generous tenants and owners we killed it, and came incredibly close to reaching our goal!

All in all ColaPro is happy to report we put a major dent in hunger in the Midlands!

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No donation was too big or too small!

 

It was always a nice surprise to come in and see what people had left. In case you cant tell that is Campbell’s Tomato Soup front and center there. Who does not love a bowl of that in the winter??

 

 

Speaking of winter…the cold has finally set in around Columbia and it is here to stay. Just a few reminders for the cold season. Keep your faucets dripping at night when the temperature hangs around the mid to low 20’s. **Do not forget about your exterior faucets like the spigot in your yard (what your hose connects to).

~Ferris