Staffing For Apartments

By Larry Hannappel

Demand for apartments has been steadily rising over the last 12 months.

The combination of young households forming along with millions losing their homes to foreclosure has lead to this explosion in the multifamily housing market.

And this trend is likely to continue as the American dream shifts from buying quickly to taking a more cautious approach and leasing first. Developers are rushing to build even more apartments.

Property management groups, which operate apartment complexes nationwide, are working hard to keep up with this heightened demand and watch expenditures at the same time.

Many just don’t have the permanent staff needed to keep their operations moving forward as the market continues to fluctuate. They’re calling temp agencies for help.

Apprentice Personnel regularly partners with many groups in Colorado and Kansas to fill critical positions year-round.

The agency sends out skilled employees for a multitude of jobs, including:  grounds-keepers, maintenance technicians, leasing agents, clerical assistants, movers and general laborers. Maintenance crews are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you’re thinking about working with a staffing firm to hire at your rental properties, it’s important to make sure the company understands your needs, especially when it comes to background checks.

Screening is vital to help your residents feel at ease in their homes. In many cases, temp employees have similar job duties as your regular full-time staff and similar access to business systems, records, equipment and residential units.

Apprentice Personnel understands the need for sensitivity and caution in this area. That’s why we offer employers thorough background checks of potential candidates before sending them out.

Workers are also required to complete a detailed application when they come into the agency. Then there is a sit-down session with trained interviewers.

Hiring temp workers isn’t about sacrificing quality – it’s about bringing on professional people who can help you meet short and long-term needs.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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