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Aaxon Success Story- Waterford Point Condominum

Aaxon Success Story- Waterford Point Condominum

  • Posted: Dec 20, 2017
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With downtown cityscape views on one side and the beautiful intracoastal waterway on the other, Waterford Point Condominiums is a true gem of a community in Pompano Beach, FL.

Waterford Point Condominiums is home to more than 500 residents and was once equipped with coin-operated laundry facilities. Tired of the maintenance and having lost all patience counting coins, Waterford Point turned to Aaxon Laundry Systems for a total laundry room transformation. The community now has Smart Card operated Speed Queen laundry equipment, a major upgrade from the previous.

Michael Sparano, property manager at Waterford Point chose to work with Aaxon after building a strong foundation of trust with Bob Sanchez, Aaxon Multi-Housing Sales Manager. “It was a very big decision for the community to outsource our laundry system. We interviewed three different companies, and the reasons why we chose Aaxon is because we worked very closely with Bob, and being an ex-salesperson, I was very comfortable with him as he was being persistent but without being overbearing. It was nice,” says Sparano.

Waterford Point Condominium’s laundry rooms are now operating at their best, and Aaxon is happy to play a part in improving such an important task in residents’ daily lives. “I’m happy to commence this project together,” adds Sparano.

 

 

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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, one of the nation's innovators in coin/card laundry design and development, multi-housing laundry room solutions and on-premise laundry equipment applications. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s multi-housing team to tell the stories of multi-housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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The Benefits of Card-Operated Laundry Equipment in Miami Multi-Housing Properties

The Benefits of Card-Operated Laundry Equipment in Miami Multi-Housing Properties

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The common comparison, card-operated laundry equipment versus coin-operated laundry equipment- which is best for your Miami multi-housing laundry room?

There is solid evidence why Smart Card operated laundry equipment is best in the multi-housing realm. Miami property managers and tenants alike can experience many pros of using cashless laundry equipment, including no more counting coins which in turn eliminates accounting stresses, reduces the risk of theft by eliminating cash-filled laundry rooms, and the best of all, property managers have access to choosing the most advanced laundry equipment for residents to enjoy.

Speed Queen® Smart Card multi-housing laundry equipment is superior in both categories of performance and durability, perfect for high-volume rental properties and large condominium properties in Miami. The following is a breakdown of the pros of switching to cashless Speed Queen® laundry systems in your Miami multi-housing property.

Eliminate Coin-Counting Stresses from Residents and Coin-Collection Hassles
In a coin-operated Miami apartment or condo, the laundry floor may be littered with dropped coins from tenants. Or worse, the underneath of the washers and dryers may be filled with loose change resulting from frustrated attempts of retrieving said coins. Your tenants become angry and upset because doing the laundry now equals losing money at the same time. Gift your residents the joy of using card-operated Speed Queen® washers and dryers. Residents will love the convenience of inserting their Smart Card into the machine and not being limited by the number of available mix coins in their pockets. Cashless operated commercial laundry equipment is operated by Smart Cards which are then reloaded at VTM (value transfer machine) kiosks placed inside the laundry or wherever you see fit.

Reduce the Risk of Theft in Your Miami Multi-Housing Laundry Room
A cash-filled laundry machine and ATM is a tempting target for thieves. Think about it, a coin-operated laundry machine is like a big white piggy bank just waiting to be cracked open! Reduce the risk of theft and vandalism in your Miami condominium’s laundry room by the eliminating the source of temptation. Speed Queen® card-operated laundry equipment works to keep laundry rooms safe and secure by only accepting payments by Smart Card, credit or debit cards. Although VTM machines are 100% safe and secure, property managers may choose to place their building’s VTM near a well-lit lobby area adjacent to the security desk for added protection.

Enjoy Advanced Technology with Smart Card-Operated Laundry Equipment
In today’s world of chip readers and simplified cloud-based electronic payment processes, carrying around loose change and dollar bills has become a nuisance. Top washer and dryer manufacturers have turned away from developing new coin-operated laundry machines and now focus on the advancement of card-operated laundry equipment. Speed Queen® manufactures world-renowned, top-rated Smart Card operated laundry equipment used in multi-housing properties across the nation. Keep your Miami condo ahead of the curve and appealing to residents and future residents by maintaining a modern card-operated laundry room.

Are you ready for a fresh, clean laundry room?
Aaxon offers affordable card-operated commercial washer and dryers for lease in Miami. We are conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale off of I-95 with quick access to the highway and to your Miami multi-housing property. Aaxon remains on-call to service your Smart Card-operated laundry equipment for the entire duration of the lease. Aaxon’s certified technicians are your Miami property’s dependable service team, ready to be there onsite to correct any issues with the laundry equipment including hardware problems and card reader errors should those arise. Request a quote today!

Read more about the advantages of leasing commercial laundry equipment for your Miami property with Aaxon Laundry Systems here.
Hundreds of Miami multi-housing communities trust Aaxon Laundry Systems with all of their laundry needs. Read some of our Success Stories!

 

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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, one of the nation's innovators in coin/card laundry design and development, multi-housing laundry room solutions and on-premise laundry equipment applications. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s multi-housing team to tell the stories of multi-housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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Is your Community having a Holiday Party? Five holiday party ideas

Is your Community having a Holiday Party? Five holiday party ideas

  • Posted: Dec 15, 2017
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Holiday Parties Sure To Please Your Residents

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The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to bring your neighbors together to celebrate the season. When you have community amenities such as a clubhouse, there’s no need for a neighbor to go through the hassle of hosting your HOA holiday party at his or her home.

Want to throw a holiday party that will bring residents of your community together for a fun-filled evening? Here are five holiday party ideas that are sure to please your residents:

  1. Tacky Sweater Party

While so cliché these days, hosting a tacky sweater party is a great way for residents to break the ice and start mingling with each other. The ugly holiday sweater that was once popular in the 80s is making a big come back, and residents can easily find this festive attire online or come up with their own creations. Encourage residents to channel their inner-tackiness by offering prizes for the ugliest sweaters. If hosting the party at your neighborhood clubhouse, you can spruce up your community amenities for the event with bright-colored lights, oversized holiday inflatables, and tinsel-filled trees.
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Aaxon Success Story- Belle Plaza Condominium

Aaxon Success Story- Belle Plaza Condominium

  • Posted: Nov 14, 2017
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Belle Plaza Condominium couldn’t have a more picturesque setting, a plush condo community situated in the sun-kissed Venetian Islands in Miami Beach.

Belle Plaza Condominium is home to more than 400 residents who are now all happy Speed Queen multi-housing equipment users, thanks to Aaxon’s multi-housing service team.

Jose Alvarez, a property manager at Belle Plaza Condominium represented by FirstService Residential, chose to work with Aaxon to serve his community over the competitor. “Aaxon’s whole team, including the service mechanics, are extremely helpful, and the quality of service and machines are as promised,” Jose explains.

Belle Plaza’s laundry rooms underwent the ultimate facelift when Aaxon replaced all 27 washers and 27 dryers with new Speed Queen commercial laundry equipment. Residents can now enjoy using the highest quality of multi-housing laundry equipment for their daily laundering needs.

“We anticipate doing business with you again and would recommend Aaxon to other buildings. Keep up the good work!” exclaims Jose.

Read additional Aaxon Success Stories here!

 

 

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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, one of the nation's innovators in coin/card laundry design and development, multi-housing laundry room solutions and on-premise laundry equipment applications. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s multi-housing team to tell the stories of multi-housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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The Advantages of Leasing Commercial Laundry Equipment

The Advantages of Leasing Commercial Laundry Equipment

  • Posted: Nov 14, 2017
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As a multi-housing property manager or association president, you may ask yourself, “Should I lease or buy commercial laundry equipment for my laundry room?”

There are many benefits of leasing laundry equipment for your apartment or condo community, including but not limited to access to the best machines without the budget restrictions of purchasing, free machine installation as well as expert maintenance services for the life of the lease.

Aaxon Laundry Systems is a leading commercial laundry distributor specializing in creating customized multi-housing laundry equipment leases for all properties. Our multi-housing experts guide you through the process of choosing the most favorable lease terms fit for your community and remain on-call if any issues with the machines should arise. Not to mention, Aaxon will beautify and brighten your laundry room at no extra cost! This may include fresh wall paint, new washer and water valves, electrical outlets and ongoing dryer vent cleaning.
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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, a Huebsch distributorship based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s consultants to tell the stories of multi-housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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Aaxon Success Story- The Residences on Hollywood Beach

Aaxon Success Story- The Residences on Hollywood Beach

  • Posted: Aug 26, 2017
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Residences in Hollywood Beach

Sitting atop gorgeous golden sand and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is The Residences on Hollywood Beach condominium, a chic 15-story condominium building off of Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida.

Steven Zamora of Atlantic Pacific Management is the property manager of The Residences and chose Aaxon for his community’s large laundry room retool and upgrade to stainless steel Smart Card-operated machines.

“My experience dealing with Aaxon since the beginning has been beyond spectacular,” says Steven. “From the contract negotiations to the scheduling of removing old equipment and putting in new, to the final completion- everything has gone smoothly!”

Housing more than 2,000 residents with 31 laundry rooms, Aaxon tackled the large-scale project quickly and efficiently.

Aaxon replaced the condominium’s current machines with high-end stainless-steel Speed Queen Quantum Commercial Washers and Dryers equipped with SmartCard technology. The machines will service the entire two-building condominium property.

“The equipment and technology they provided to the building are excellent, above the industry standard. Their commission split is very competitive,” Steven adds. “I highly recommend Aaxon for your laundry business needs.” Watch Steven Zamora’s video testimonial here.

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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, one of the nation's innovators in coin/card laundry design and development, multi-housing laundry room solutions and on-premise laundry equipment applications. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s multi-housing team to tell the stories of multi-housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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Meet Your Florida Laundry Service Company

Meet Your Florida Laundry Service Company

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Aaxon Laundry Systems, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is your number one choice for the most reliable multi-housing laundry services in the state. Trusted for more than 40 years, Aaxon has been transforming multi-housing laundry rooms in condominiums and apartments statewide.

Our dedicated Aaxon Consultants are multi-housing laundry equipment experts, with decades of experience working with property managers and board members alike to deliver the best for tenants. Aaxon consultants guide you every step of the way throughout the entire commercial laundry equipment leasing process, leaving no questions left unanswered.

Commercial Laundry Equipment Services

Aaxon provides commercial washer and dryer leasing for multi-housing properties throughout Florida, including condominiums, apartments, on premise laundry facilities in clinics, police stations, factories, and more. Our full-service commercial laundry equipment company operates entirely in-house and does not outsource any installations or deliveries, staying true to providing our customers with the best service possible. All laundry equipment installations are performed by screened and skilled technicians who will neatly install your laundry equipment hassle-free. Aaxon has laundry equipment installation experience in high-rise condominiums with multiple laundry rooms, low-rise condominiums, apartments, and more across the state of Florida. In addition, Aaxon offers laundry room enhancement services to qualifying multi-housing properties.
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Amber is Marketing Coordinator at Aaxon Laundry Systems, a Huebsch distributorship based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Amber works closely with Aaxon’s consultants to tell the stories of multi housing laundry room transformations, laundromat retool projects, and new entrepreneur success stories. A University of Central Florida alumna, she has nearly a decade of experience in the writing and communications fields.
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FREE Condominium   Board Member Certification Classes

FREE Condominium Board Member Certification Classes

  • Posted: Jul 12, 2017
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FREE Condominium 

Board Member Certification Classes by our Members> Royale Management Services

Board Certification

This course takes place the 2nd Monday of every month. The course is sponsored and held at the offices of Royale Management Services, Inc. located at 2319 N Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale FL 33311. Refreshments and networking will begin at 5:30 PM and the presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Reservations are Required!

This is a hands on class that will help you understand: the basics of how to keep yourself and your association out of trouble, what’s legal and what’s not, what it means to be a fiduciary, how boards should function, what records must be kept, what kind of financial information you should get, how to use that information and much more.  We take a managers approach to getting things done, avoiding problems and protecting both the integrity of the association and that of the board. Best of all we will provide plenty of time for questions and examples.

For Reservations call 954-563-1269 between 9AM and 5PM Monday through Friday.  Seating is limited so make your reservations early.

This class meets the Florida state requirements for board certification and has been approved by The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes. It meets the requirements Florida 718.112 for Condominium Association Board Members.

 

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SUMMER IS HERE: GRILLING RULE VIOLATORS RISK FINES/IMPRISONMENT

SUMMER IS HERE: GRILLING RULE VIOLATORS RISK FINES/IMPRISONMENT

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2017
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SUMMER IS HERE:  GRILLING RULE VIOLATORS RISK FINES/IMPRISONMENT

by Steven J. Weil, Ph.D., EA, LCAM, Royale Management Services, Inc.

The Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) prohibits cooking, using or storing gas or charcoal grills on balconies.   This prohibition also includes fire pits and any other use of fire or flame devices.

The Code also prohibits the storage or use of liquid propane (L.P.) gas in quantities greater than one pound above the first floor in any apartment or condominium. Thus, L.P. gas grills cannot be stored on a balcony. It is important to note that neither can L.P. gas cylinders be stored inside the residential unit or anywhere above the first floor.

Electric grills had been permitted in years past, but the FFPC was amended, effective December 31, 2011, to prohibit their use as well.  The current regulation provides that no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purposes can be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within ten feet of any structure (other than one- and two- family dwellings).  A subsequent amendment in 2014 also prohibited storage of these items.

The only exception to this rule is that listed equipment permanently installed in accordance with its listing, applicable codes, and manufacturer’s instructions may be permitted.

Smoking, while not prohibited by law, also can be regulated under individual association rules.

What enforcement action will be taken for violators?

The local enforcement procedures and penalties for failure to comply with the Florida Fire Prevention Code, or the Uniform Fire Safety Standards, are found in Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention F-101.4.

The ordinance states that violators of the fire code may be prosecuted in the same manner as misdemeanors; and, upon conviction, they may be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed 60 days or both.

The ordinance also states that fire inspectors may issue civil citations to violators. A separate citation may be given for each violation, and each day that a violation continues is a separate offense. If the citation is not contested the penalty is $50.00, plus court costs of $8.00. If a violator chooses to contest the citation and is convicted, the judge may impose a penalty up to $500.00 plus court costs for each violation.

Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association

Don’t let fire make your summer memorable for the wrong reasons.  The National Fire Protection Association offers these grilling safety tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

It pays to be safe at all times. Protect yourself, your neighbors and your property.

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Royale Management Services, a registered and licensed community association management corporation in Florida, works with association Boards of Directors throughout South Florida to oversee the daily activities required for proper management, helping to educate them on their responsibilities, duties, and obligations. Royale’s team members are highly trained in all aspects of community association management and customer service to ensure that proper procedures are followed that keep the association in compliance with all of the rules governing elections, budgeting, accounting, operation, collection and assessment. The firm and its president are members of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
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HOW TO KEEP MONTHLY ASSOCIATION MAINTENANCE FEES LOW

HOW TO KEEP MONTHLY ASSOCIATION MAINTENANCE FEES LOW

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HOW TO KEEP MONTHLY ASSOCIATION MAINTENANCE FEES LOW

by Enrolled Agent Steven J. Weil, Ph.D., EA, LCAM, Royale Management Services, Inc.

The answer to keeping association maintenance fees low is NOT to defer necessary maintenance or waiving reserves.  To keep postponing repairs is an act of sheer folly.  It is simply an artificial way to keep maintenance fees low that often backfires when the piper finally has to be paid by a special assessment.

The only thing owners hate more than a maintenance fee increase is a special assessment that becomes necessary because the budget does not adequately cover the ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

As a reminder, there are two parts to every budget: the operating budget and the reserve budget.

  • The operating budget should include all necessary regular and recurring expenses that are expected in the coming year, no matter how large or small, such as repairs, maintenance, up keep, payroll, utilities, supplies, insurance and administrative costs.
  • The reserves are designed to accumulate funds for replacement and renovation of major building systems and components that wear out over time. Statutes make it mandatory that reserve budgets include estimated expenditures for roof replacement, building painting and pavement resurfacing at a minimum.

What should go into a reserve budget?  Aside from what the law requires, a good reserve budget also covers other large capital items that will wear out and need to be replaced over the life of the association, such as elevators, windows, common area air conditioners, docks, generators, balconies, et al.  Other common area reserve items might include a pool upgrade, clubhouse renovation, landscaping and other amenities.

The tricky part of the budgeting process is to balance what is required with the often competing interests of those who want the lowest possible maintenance increase with those who are willing to pay more for better services, better amenities or other improvements.   The board is charged with the upkeep maintenance and operation of the association and amenities as provided for in the governing documents. Any change to what is provided for in the governing documents should be approved by an owner vote. This includes both increases and decreases in services and changes to facilities.

Projected estimates for the reserve budget should take into consideration the cost to replace each item, prorated over the years of its estimated life.

A common mistake in estimating this value is the failure to take into account the rise in replacement costs that occurs over time.  Cost estimates as well as remaining useful life should be evaluated annually. Reserve planning can be done with the assistance of association vendors, or a professional engineer could be hired to perform a Reserve Study.

Some of the costs of running an association can be managed.  Controllable expenses — those over which the board and or management have some control as to the amount and timing — include accounting, bank fees, repairs, supplies, office expense, labor costs, preventive maintenance, management, legal, landscaping and janitorial.

Over the years, however, non-controllable expenses have become the largest part of most association budgets.  They include utilities, contract services, electric, water, garbage, cable, loan payments, licenses, fees and insurance (property, liability, wind and Directors & Officers). Although boards and management work hard to keep these costs as low as possible, it is often difficult or even impossible to get competitive bids for such items as insurance. The costs of utilities and water are often controlled by monopolies or governments; and while conservation can help, it does not eliminate or substantially reduce these costs in the short run. Long term contracts may also lock in such things as elevator maintenance costs, cable TV, and other expenses.

In addition to the increases in these expenses, over the years as association property ages, the cost of maintaining it increases. While putting off maintenance may help cash flow and reduce expenses today, it also means that those expenses will be higher down the road.

Reserve funds cannot be used for purposes other than those intended without a majority vote of approval by the owners in advance. Thus, there is sometimes a reluctance to list in the reserve budget certain capital items that might be considered non-essential and could be postponed.  This can be a mistake, forcing a special assessment when these capital items need to be replaced.

It’s best to keep in mind that one good way to maintain property values is to ensure that the association has a reserve budget that covers necessary renovation and replacement of major components and assets and that the reserve budget is properly reviewed and funded each year.  Under Florida law, condominium associations are required to include a “fully funded” reserve schedule in the proposed budget and to fully fund reserves unless they are waived or reduced by a vote of the owners.

 

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Royale Management Services, a registered and licensed community association management corporation in Florida, works with association Boards of Directors throughout South Florida to oversee the daily activities required for proper management, helping to educate them on their responsibilities, duties, and obligations. Royale’s team members are highly trained in all aspects of community association management and customer service to ensure that proper procedures are followed that keep the association in compliance with all of the rules governing elections, budgeting, accounting, operation, collection and assessment. The firm and its president are members of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
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