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DS5: Preserving Property Amid a Pandemic

In this week’s episode of DS5: Inside the Industry, Joe Iafigliola, CFO of Safeguard Properties, discussed how Safeguard has adjusted to the challenges of the past year, and what he expects the property preservation sector to look like in coming years.

"The biggest challenge we're facing is, how do you forecast or react to the amount of work you're having in a given community?" he says. "We have to react specifically to situations and that's what we've been focusing on."

Iafigliola goes on to detail some of the ways his company responded to the pandemic and its fallout by updating processes, offering sanitization services, for example, and providing various levels of support so vendors (who were not considered "essential workers" during the early lockdowns) could continue to do their jobs.

He added that some 95% of his staff is working from home and, he says, "I honestly don't know if we'll ever fully come back."

Learn more about how Safeguard is addressing the industry changes associated with the pandemic and his expectations for the year ahead in the below DS5 interview:

About Author: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media/Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning news, among others.
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