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Season Safety Measures Part II

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Summer safety is something that cannot be ignored. While we know that you are always concerned about the safety of your rental property and those who live in it, you cannot be expected to think of everything. Let that be our job. We have written a few articles so far on different safety tips that you may not have thought of before but here are a couple more ideas for your benefit. Let’s do our best to keep everyone healthy!
1. Water. One of the best things to do during the summer to help beat the heat is play around in some water. While this is fine if your complex or house has a pool, there are other ways for people to cool off. This normally involves a hose. While hoses can be great, especially if they are hooked up to a water sprinkler, there is always a small concern about them. Make sure that any outlets that may be on the outside of the buildings are properly covered so to prevent accidental electrical fires. Also, if there ends up being a puddle somewhere, do your best to put up wet floor signs if it is inside so people are more careful when walking around.
2. Cooking. Cooking in the summer is very often a chore. I know I just hate standing in front of my oven when it’s in the 90’s because of the heat both inside and out. When the outside heat gets to a certain point, it may be difficult to tell the difference between the ambient temperature and if there is heat coming from a stove. Remind your residents to check their ovens just in case they forgot to turn them off or in case they have pets that can turn the knobs. This goes for grilling as well, as that can be dangerous depending on the propane tank.
While these two tips may seem like common knowledge, not everyone is perfect. I know there have been a couple of times that I’ve walked into a kitchen to find the stove or oven still on when someone could have sworn they turned it off. Issuing these reminders can only help those who live in your rental property, so don’t feel shy about sending them out. We want everyone to stay safe, so let’s work together toward that goal!

Season Safety Measures for Your Apartment

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There are fewer places we feel safe than at home. We create sanctuaries for ourselves, areas that reflect who we are and how we feel, even when we are away from the rest of the world. These areas are our refuge. We are able to come home and feel like all is right with the world. At least, that is the hope. So what happens when you realize that your home is not safe? Well, if you are the owner of an apartment building which offers this refuge to others, hopefully this is something that you check up on often. The safety of your buildings and your tenants should always be your number one priority. While we know how stressful it can be to take this kind of responsibility for others, we also know how terrifying it can be for your tenants to hand over their safety into your hands. This is why we wanted to remind you of a couple of things that you may want to check on in regards to safety during the warmer months of the year.
1. Check The Pipes. Winter can wreak absolute havoc on pipes, no matter what their age. Even if you haven’t heard of any complaints with a lack of hot water or water pressure issues from your tenants, it is always a good idea to double check all of the visible pipes once the weather begins to warm up again. After all, it is always better to catch a leak or a hole in a pipe when it is super small than when the entire basement has flooded out and no one can take a shower.
2. Check The Roof. Ice and snow can really mess up a roof, especially if it is already an older one. March winds can also cause some problems with shingles if there was already a small problem. Climb up on the roof if it is safe for you to do so, or hire someone you can trust to give you an idea of anything that may need to be done to keep your tenant’s heads nice and dry.
These are two of the simple things that you can do once the weather begins to warm up to keep your tenants safe. What are some of the things that you like to do to ensure the safety of your buildings around this time of the year?

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 2

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We mentioned in a previous article that the summer is one of the most common times for people to experience break-ins at their homes. This is generally because criminals know that people travel on vacation around this time of the year. This basically leaves your home as an open invitation to these people if you do not take the proper precautions. Here are a couple of easy and cheap things you can do to make sure that you are not the target of a home invasion.

  1. Let Your Neighbors Know. If you live close enough to someone where they can keep an eye on your house or apartment from theirs, let them know that you are heading out for a couple of days. This way, they will know that no one should be coming into or out of your front door. If they do see any suspicious activity or people, they can alert the police and hopefully minimize any damage that may be done.
  2. Get A House Sitter. If asking your neighbors to keep an eye out isn’t an option, you may want to consider getting a house sitter. I did this a lot when I was a teenager for friends who were going away. This meant that the house was not empty and any pets could stay in the home which greatly cut down on any price the family would have to pay. Just make sure that the person is responsible and hide any alcohol or firearms if they are underage.
  3. Have A Light Timer. One of the easiest tips that a house is vacant is a lack of lights on. You can purchase a timer from almost any store and plug it in so that it turns your lights on and off at certain times every day. If you want to get fancy with it, you can even get one that works through WiFi which you can control from anywhere in the world.

                  These are three of the easiest ways to help prevent your home from being burgled. While nothing is foolproof or certain, these are some good places to start. Always remember to keep an eye out for those around you, especially if you live in an apartment building or complex. If someone else’s safety is compromised, yours might be as well.

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 3

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In the last article we posted about keeping your property safe, we gave you three super simple ways to make sure that you are less likely to have a break in. While we want to remind you that anyone can be burgled, we also want to remind you that there are things you can do to make this less likely. Here are a few more ideas about how you can make sure that your house doesn’t become another statistic.
1. Leave A Car. If you have more than one car, we suggest you leave one in the driveway instead of the garage like you may do normally. This will have the illusion that someone is still at home. If you do not have an extra car that you can do this with, ask some friends if they do and if they would be able to leave it there for the duration of your vacation.
2. Stop The Mail. Nothing is more of a dead giveaway than having days and days worth of mail or papers stacked up in front of your door. This is like a beacon to criminals telegraphing the fact that you are not home. Ask a neighbor to bring these in or, if you will be gone for a while, have the post office stop service to your house until you return.
3. Pack At Night. If possible, it is always best to pack up your stuff into the car the night before you leave. This is because there are less people driving around at that time and it is much less likely that they will be able to see what you are doing if you pack the car after dark. I can remember doing this as a child, so it is something that has been used for many years and may just have something to it.
4. Don’t Post It. This is true especially if you have a lot of personal information up online. If you posts are public or you know that someone can find your name through your address, don’t post that you are going on vacation. Criminals can find this information and use it to break in while you are gone.
We hope that you have a fun and safe summer and we look forward to hearing about your vacations in the sun!

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer

Charlotte Property Rental
Now that Memorial Day weekend is over, many people are beginning to head out on vacations. Although the official start of summer is not until around the 21st of June, many people think of Memorial Day as the general start. Although I will say that if your weather has been anything like the weather near where I am, it is painfully obvious it is not summer. We did not get above 66 degrees Fahrenheit today and it was raining. It has been like that for the better part of a week by now. I do feel bad for people who have come to vacation around my area.
While vacations are a great time to relax and breathe while you are (hopefully) away from work and most of the stress of your daily life, there are a couple of things which you may want to be concerned about before you leave. While yes, packing and making sure your pets will be fine may be a little stressful, I am talking about something that can cause more lasting damage, such as a break-in while you are gone.
Summer and the holiday season are when the most break ins occur. This is because they know that a lot of people go away on vacation and will keep an eye out for signs that your property is not currently full. While there are ways to help it look like your home always has someone in it, those tips will be in future articles. The point of this one is to make sure that you recognize the dangers that going on vacations may have to your rental property depending on what you do.
Having a security system is generally the best way to keep yourself stress free about your home while you are away. If you are not able to install one for whatever reason, then there are definitely other ways that you can keep your family and your things safe. It is extremely important to know the trends of break ins in your area and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. This will benefit both you and your neighbors who may also be targeted by criminals. Remember, the one thing that you cannot get back from a robber is your sense of security.

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