TOP HAT HOME SERVICES in the Press
The COOPERATOR – The Co-op & Condo Monthly
Going It Alone
While the majority of co-op and condo buildings and HOA communities choose to partner with professional management firms to provide guidance and counseling and oversee day-to-day operations, other boards take the reins themselves and choose self-management.
For smaller buildings, self-management can make economic sense, ensuring that the building’s residents are getting the most bang for their buck. Or, “They may not have the money” for a full time management firm, says Gary Mindlin, owner of Top Hat Home Services, a boutique management firm in Manhattan…
And in some cases, even if a smaller building wanted to hire a management company, Mindlin says, “a lot of firms will turn away smaller buildings of 40 units or less. It’s just not profitable for them.”
As much as self-management may appeal to a community and its residents, there are some inherent challenges that may arise by going without professional guidance. One of those challenges …“It takes a lot of time and knowledge,” says Mindin, “and almost always in the building someone says, ‘I have the time and knowledge,’ but almost always, they don’t.”
Gary Mindlin, The Personal Touch
How to Create a Five-Year Capital-Improvement Plan
“…Gary Mindlin, co-op board president of the roughly 450-unit 150 West End Avenue, in the Lincoln Towers complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, stresses also the importance of knowledgeable board members and others who can add institutional history, and their familiarity with a building’s quirks and ‘personality.’”
Brownstone Revival Org – Brownstone Coalition
Luxury Services for Townhouse Owners
Gary Mindlin, Founder and Managing Partner of Top Hat Home Services was asked to speak at a Seminar for Townhouse Owners: Property Concierge Services.” Vandenberg, The Townhouse Experts sponsored this free seminar on Luxury services for townhouse owners featuring deluxe electronics, elevators and property concierge services.
In this video, Gary Mindlin talks about the costs and benefits of property management services. Does a brownstone management service replace a doorman or personal staff? Top Hat Home Services provides yearly maintenance programs to help townhouse & brownstone owners with regularly scheduled care, 24/7 emergency response, caretaker, project management and home improvement services.
NY Daily News Home Section
All this rain hasn’t hurt the standard apartment owner or renter, but it has played havoc with residents of brownstones. Basement walls made of old stone and dirt have caused leaking and severe flooding in some 150-year-old New York dwellings. Top Hat Home Services, a company established to help brownstone owners run their homes smoothly, knows how to cure these ills.
In addition to referring contractors and helping with minor repairs, Top Hat will wait for your cable installation, help with computer setup, paint, renovate your closet, shovel snow, and do anything from being a personal assistant to a handyman. They even have a 24-hour emergency line. “In one case, there was a crack in the ceiling by the first-floor stairwell,” says Richard Herman, a 25-year New York contractor who founded the company with Gary Mindlin. “The beam holding the structure wasn’t attached to the header. We had an engineer come in and build a brace.” Mindlin says that 20% of the company’s 40 clients recently experienced flooding. “It’s not just cleaning up the water,” he says. “It’s making sure we fix where the leaks are coming from. These are old buildings. We can throw a pump in to get rid of the water, but it’s safer to fix the problem for good…”
The most important thing you can do to prevent water damage to your home.
Clean gutters at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby. Gary Mindlin, managing partner of New York City-based Top Hat Home Services, schedules gutter maintenance four times a year, with additional checks after big storms.
The water torture diaries: my neighbors dripping a/c is driving me crazy
“Air conditioning units are meant to drip—yours should be dripping as well,” says Gary Mindlin of Top Hat Home Services, a townhouse and brownstone management company. “The best thing to do is eliminate the noise on your end.”
Mindlin recommends a product called the Stop Drop… It’s a thick foam cover with a magnetic back that secures to your a/c without a flapping around in the wind. Slicing and dicing a yoga mat and tying it onto the unit with string or cords might also work, he says.
Mann Report – Residential
Richard Herman and Gary Mindlin. “Our services have an impact on our clients’ quality of life and also on the future resale value of the home.” Top Hat Home Services
Ask any Townhouse or Brownstone owner what it takes to maintain his or her home and you’ll get an earful. With no supers to call, owners must handle everyday upkeep, cope with emergencies, and make sure they meet city and community-board mandates when executing interior and exterior projects.