Thursday, July 19, 2012

In fashion: BuildingLink rainwear

Hope all you New Yorkers got home safely and (fairly) dryly yesterday.

With no more umbrellas around, there was nothing left to do but look for alternatives. BuildingLink's CEO, Jerry Kestenbaum, set a fantastic example by sticking his head through a garbage bag. Naturally, since this is BuildingLink, we don't settle for just any garbage bags. This green piece of protection is SCS certified, guaranteeing at least 80% recycled material and features star sealed bottoms for leak-proof strength and Microban antibacterial protection, inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Garbage bag: 1
Umbrella: 0

Kids, do try this at home.

Tweet @BuildingLink using hashtag #BLKstyle if you're digging our sense of fashion.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Enjoy a worry-free vacation season with BuildingLink's vacation checklist

In case you haven’t noticed, we have a thing for solutions here at BuildingLink, and we happen to be obsessed with making your life easier. BuildingLink's vacation checklist includes everything your residents need to know for a worry-free vacation season. All you need to do is copy, paste and customize our suggestions for your building. Lastly, put BuildingLink’s “Send Email” function to good use, hit submit and send out a reminder to all residents. Job done. Managers and staff: here’s to the least stressful vacation season ever!

1. Contact information
Make sure your personal contact information is up-to-date before you jet off. Add all necessary phone numbers to the BuildingLink database; the hotel where you will be staying, your beach house, a friend's house etc. Lastly, double check your emergency contacts. Maybe it’s time to take your cousin off your list? You know, the one that moved to Atlanta. Two years ago. Also make sure you have all the necessary numbers to managers and staff in your phone book. Got all the digits down? All good.

2. Bulletin board
Ideally, we’re guessing, you’d like to keep your pet(s) alive while you’re away. Well, that’s what the BuildingLink bulletin board is for (keeping pets alive)! Surely the kid in 15A wouldn’t mind earning a few extra bucks feeding your cat until you’re back in town. No teenagers around looking for some extra money? Check out Pet Park!

3. Visitor permissions
So you’re away and your cousin is coming to town for the weekend and needs a place to stay? No problem! All you need to do is put in a BuildingLink Guest Permission instruction and provide management with the information necessary: duration of stay, photo and any additional information required such as parking permits and access to amenities. Done!

4. Key tracking
Now it’s time to make sure that the front desk knows that the kid in 15A is authorized to pick up a key to your apartment. Perhaps you told your housekeeper to do a big summer clean up? Make sure management knows she has access to your apartment too.

5. Deliveries
Oh, crap. So that coffee table you ordered was inconveniently scheduled for delivery while you’re away. That’s alright. Using the BuildingLink system, you can give staff permission to access your apartment and guide the delivery company inside to drop off the table. Simple!

6. Maintenance
The south-facing wall in your bedroom took a beating when your next door neighbor had a water leak. With your busy work schedule you were reluctant to deal with any messy repairs in your sanctuary of a bedroom. That means now is the perfect time to tell maintenance to come in and replace it.

Now, about bringing the beach to the building... we’re still working on it. Hang tight!

Friday, July 13, 2012

BuildingLink at the 2012 NAA Expo: Housing, helicopters and home runs

Each year, the National Apartment Association (NAA) hosts the NAA Conference and Exposition, bringing together more than 6,000 professionals in the multifamily housing industry. This year, it all went down in Boston. No tea, but still a party. Also, we brought a helicopter. Why did we bring a helicopter? you wonder. Honestly, it seemed like something you’d bring to an event like this. We’re not saying it was the sole reason for the 2012 NAA Conference and Exposition being a success for BuildingLink, but we’re definitely saying it helped.

Old friends and new faces
One of the best things about the expo was the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and people who started using us years ago. In an environment with a lot of new faces, it makes you extra happy to see the familiar ones. And when they are extra happy with your product, well, there’s a whole lot of happy going around.

We say “GEO”, you say “gee-ooh”
Naturally, we were also able to connect with new and potential customers. Some of them, just starting to learn about BuildingLink for the first time, were floored (in a good way) by our GEO and mobile app demos. The oohs and aahs were echoing around our booth, and people kept on stopping by to see what the commotion was all about. And we don’t blame them. I mean, who wouldn’t like to run an entire building from the palm of their hand?

We were also able to introduce KeyLink to industry professionals who were planning new developments and wanted state-of-the-art technology. We made sure these people knew that where BuildingLink is, that's where you'll find NAA (No Average Apartments).

Now, let’s talk more about that helicopter, shall we?

Riverstone's Michael Thayer stands with Mala Bhattacharya, Client Relations Coordinator at BuildingLink, after winning our $100 Apple Gift Card raffle.
Up in the air!
Deep, deep concentration - coming in for a landing.

If you're in New York and find yourself wandering about in the Union Square area, why don't you come in for a helicopter break?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Must-have documents right at your fingertips with BuildingLink’s Unit Documents feature

As per your request, we’ve made the frantic search through filing cabinets a thing of the past. (But if you’d like to keep them around for their retro looks, that’s fine with us.) We’re talking about BuildingLink’s Unit Document feature - a magical place where you can find all the must-have documents you need that are relevant to a specific unit, or even occupant, in your building.

Here’s some of the magic:
  • Security: Keep all necessary documents such as copies of leases, floor plans, billing information along with general correspondence between occupants and management, safe and sound right at your fingertips.
  • Privacy: Configure settings for each type of document, and choose whether the occupants can view, edit or add documents of a specific type.
  • Notifications: Once a new document has been posted or updated, an email notification can be sent to the occupants.
  • Flexibility: Associate documents with specific occupants in the unit, the entire occupancy, or the physical unit itself.

How does it work, you wonder? Adding and posting documents using BuildingLink's Unit Document feature is very similar to the BuildingLink Library, but much more specific. If you have any questions contact us at

“The Unit Document feature is really beneficial when it comes to long-term document management for individual apartments,” says Jerry Kestenbaum, CEO of “For example, floor plans and appliance manuals can be attached to a particular unit and if ownership changes, the document will still be viewable in the file. Resident-specific documents such as waivers or correspondences are connected to a resident profile, so if that person happens to switch units, all those documents will move with them. It’s the ultimate portable electronic file cabinet.“

Instead of a whole lot of searching but none of the finding, you’re only a few clicks away from what you're looking for. Who thought, that the BuildingLink Unit Document feature - such a seemingly boring thing - could make your life so much easier?

You’re welcome.