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Keeping Residents Safe

model of house with person standing behind protecting it with their handsWhen residents feel like their safety and security is a priority to their Real Property Management Investment Solutions team, they just may decide to stay a little longer in their new rental homes. One of the biggest problems that many residents face is not feeling safe during certain times of the year. Safety issues can vary with the seasons when the weather changes, especially during winter months. However, you should be paying attention to safety at all times. Here are some simple tips that will help improve resident safety in addition to better care and upkeep for your rental property.

Safety Outside

Walking around the outside of your unit can quickly give you an idea as to where your property may need some safety fixes. Any overgrown landscaping can be a perfect place for burglars to hide in and so should be taken care of immediately. Cutting back overgrown shrubs and cleaning up the landscaping around a home not only looks nicer, but also makes the outside of your home safer from lurking burglars and potential accidents. Real Property Management Investment Solutions will make sure that there is adequate outside lighting as a good deterrent for potential lurkers. Breezeways, garages, back porches, patios, and any other area should all have some lighting. Motion sensored lights are nice outside because they give a quick flash of light when coming into a dark corner. Other safety issues outside are stairways or paths that need repairs – you could face a lawsuit if you don’t make changes promptly. Rain gutters and drains should be kept clear and functioning properly as well to avoid problems. Always make sure there are no exposed electrical wires, nothing sticking out of the ground, and nothing that just doesn’t look right. Use your common sense when trying to complete outdoor safety.

Inside Safety

We all want to feel safe in our own homes, and the same is true of someone who rents. A resident can feel reassurance when little details are taken care of right at the lease signing. One of the biggest things you will need to do is change the locks. In most places, this is required by law when new residents move into their new home. Making sure that all fire, smoke, and carbon dioxide detectors are in working order with fresh batteries is also important for a resident’s peace of mind. A list of all local emergency agencies or neighborhood watch groups can be provided to the resident at the lease signing as well. Real Property Management Investment Solutions can take further steps by installing security systems that link to local police and fire departments if you so choose. Safety isn’t somewhere to cut corners because you may have someone’s life in your hands.

Scheduled Safety Checks

Maintaining a property is an ongoing job for Real Property Management Investment Solutions, but many times preventative work circumvents major problems that come from neglect. If personal responsibility doesn’t move you, know that keeping your residents safe is required by law. You can get into some pretty messy lawsuits if you don’t.  Regularly scheduled safety reviews can be discussed at the time of lease signing to keep the ball moving.  Residents will know that you have a professional concern and a proactive attitude towards the safety measures you take with your property and your residents.

If you are interested in having your property managed by Real Property Management Investment Solutions, have more questions, or just want to speak to one of our team members, then contact us online or call us directly at 616-419-8880 today!

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