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[Multi-Family] Maintaining Occupancy: How to Conduct Your Own Window Audit

We understand these are difficult times, take this time to be productive and proactive and do an audit on your properties. Your families are facing an unprecedented strain on their health and finances. The safety and security of their dwelling should be a given, not an added concern.

From afar, things may appear to be running smoothly but upon closer inspection, there may be some things that need to be addressed. These may be issues that your occupants are aware of or they may be hidden dangers that require close inspection. 

Maintaining Window & Door Safety for Improved Tenant Occupancy

Being proactive and addressing safety issues, both seen and unseen gives your tenants peace of mind, increasing their desire to stay at your property.  At Newman Windows and Doors, we understand this and have taken steps to partner with property owners to ensure that the windows and doors of your property meet everyone’s standard for safety. 

Start by performing a window and door safety audit on each unit.  Here are some common areas of concern.  

TEMPERED SAFETY GLASS

If you have windows or door glass that are low to the floor, you know how scary it can be when a baby or toddler falls against the glass. Switching out panes for tempered glass gives parents peace of mind by keeping the child safe from falling through broken glass or being cut by shattered remnants.

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PROPER EGRESS WINDOWS

Have you checked that your bedroom egress windows meet code? Imagine a tenant being unable to get out of the bedroom window in an emergency because the window does not meet code. Horrific. 

Our mission is to make sure that never happens. Let’s check up on your egress situation and fix any windows that are unsafe right away for the safety of all of your home’s occupants. 

FULLY FUNCTIONAL LOCKS

Window locks of old are notorious for being flimsy and easy to break into. The newer, state of the art locks in updated replacement windows are made with modern needs in mind. They are made to be difficult for thieves to break into and tricky for little children to accidentally unlock, keeping your home safe from the inside and outside. 

HIDDEN THREATS

Old windows and doors or millwork that show signs of wear make your property appear run-down but they may also be dangerous. Replacing outdated or non-functioning windows and doors will give you and your tenants peace of mind. 

Broken Glass – Broken glass is a safety concern for obvious reasons but beyond worrying that someone could get cut, there are additional reasons you should replace broken windows immediately. Broken windows and doors can be like an invitation for thieves, bugs, and moisture to get in. Broken glass can make your place look like an easy target for thieves. 

Glass that is broken also tends to settle and be ill-fitting leaving space for insects to crawl through. Moisture can seep through the glass giving perfect growing conditions for mold. 

Broken glass is also a safety hazard for occupants. Windows or doors with broken glass can shatter unexpectedly when someone leans on the glass, slams a door, or in the event of an earthquake. 

Broken Door Jams – A broken door jam is an easy target for thieves giving them quick access without the need for extra tools or equipment. Broken jams also harbor moisture and can cause decay, compromising the integrity of the structure of your property if left untreated. 

Mold or Decay – Imagine your home making your tenants sick rather than safe. That is a reality for many due to mold and mildew lurking in their walls and around unsecured windows and doors. Managing mold and mildew doesn’t have to be tricky but it does require diligence to keep moisture out and air flowing.

The safety of your occupants is largely up to you as the property owner. We would love to do a no-cost, no-obligation, in-home discovery session to go over your current window and door needs. Our priority is to help you make sure everyone in your home is safe to the best of our ability. 

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