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Only You Can Prevent Kitchen Fires

Only you can prevent kitchen fires

Kitchen fires account for 50 percent of all rental property fires each year. Tenants start cooking, get distracted, and unwittingly start dangerous and destructive fires. You can’t remove kitchens from your properties, but implementing preventive measures to minimize fire risk is essential to tenant safety and protecting your property.

Start a conversation

Practice excellent customer service to keep the lines of communication open and provide helpful tips to raise awareness and safety protocols, including the following:

  • Reminding residents to never leave anything cooking on the stove, even for a minute. 
  • Sharing the latest statistics, highlighting how unattended cooking is responsible for the most deaths. 
  • Asking for regular feedback on how cooking equipment works and sharing tips on cleaning and maintenance. 

Your safety conversation should include educating tenants on your property’s specific emergency plan and how tenants can protect their lives and possessions. 

Establish an emergency plan

Allow for human mistakes, and walk new tenants through what to do in case of kitchen fires. Provide a fire extinguisher, and teach them how to use it and when. Help residents report a fire and evacuate quickly by posting metal signs on every stairwell and each floor.

Provide incentives for renters’ insurance

Encourage tenants to purchase renters’ insurance (or make it mandatory) and provide some resources at lease signing. Consider offering a discount on rent for those with an active renters’ insurance policy. After a fire, if investigators determine that a tenant’s negligence started a fire, the tenant’s insurance will pick up the bill. Just make sure their policy covers fire due to negligence. It will be worth a small monthly discount in the long run.

Make fire prevention and response a significant part of your maintenance and tenant communication plans to prevent catastrophic damage and loss of life. Also, bring employees into the planning and training efforts to keep tenants and staff on the same page and ensure rapid response in an emergency.

Protect your property from kitchen fires by working with Class A Management

Property managers play a vital role in protecting your property investment. If you’re ready to have your property managed properly, contact the asset management experts at Class A Management. 

Our comprehensive management strategies include helping you develop safety procedures specific to your property. We also create local connections with insurance agents to provide the resources your tenants need to find affordable insurance. We will help you in every way to create an environment that prevents kitchen fires. 

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One Simple Device That Could Save Renters’ Lives

One Simple Device That Could Save Renters’ Lives

More than 400 people die every year, and thousands more require emergency care from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas produced by burning fuel, such as natural gas, charcoal, wood, kerosene, or oil. These deaths could be prevented with the installation of a device that hangs right next to the smoke detector. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in each unit of your multifamily investment property to potentially save renter’s lives. 

Small investment, big ROI

Inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors are unobtrusive, and required by law in many US states. While modern heating and cooking sources don’t usually produce the gas, a car left in an attached garage could fill a home with the deadly poison in a matter of minutes. During a power outage, residents might use kerosene or oil lanterns for heat sources, unwittingly exposing themselves and their families to carbon monoxide. More than 50,000 people visit emergency rooms each year for carbon monoxide poisoning. The presence of a carbon monoxide detector can help prevent the loss of life from the unseen killer.

Install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms to alert residents to the presence of carbon monoxide, even at night. For just a few dollars and a new battery twice a year, those detectors may never sound an alarm. Then again, they might, and just one family saved is worth a building full of prevention.

Create systems to save renters’ lives

Some emergent situations are plain to see, and others, like the presence of carbon monoxide, are invisible. Work with Class A Management to create systems within your property to protect residents and potentially save renter’s lives. Minimal investments today can save lives and avoid costly property damage repairs in the future. 

Contact Class A Management to learn more about how our managers can help safeguard your property and residents. We know safety, and we know property management. Create a management plan to save renters’ lives today! 

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Spring Cleaning Multifamily Property Management Style

Spring Cleaning Multifamily Property Management Style

When springtime rolls around, it motivates most people to do one thing: clean. Wintertime tends to leave a residue behind, begging for sunshine and a damp cloth. There’s just something about opening up all the windows, turning the music up, and purging all that we’ve hoarded during the months we had little more to do than hang out in front of the fire.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out the flower beds, attack new exterior projects (like that parking lot you’ve promised to repave), and host many more outdoor community events. Just as the physical multifamily property demands some extra attention during these months, so too does the back office, maybe even more than you might think.

How does spring cleaning apply to your back office? Focus on cleaning your property management office space, then zoom out to your overall business. Here are some big-picture ideas:

Make the hard decisions 

Your bottom line is affected most when it comes to trouble or troubled tenants. And, while there is always room for charity in this business, there comes a time when it’s okay to say, ‘Enough’s enough.’ Evaluate your tenants and be honest about the situation you’re in. Know the laws in your state and ensure it’s on your side, and then take action in those circumstances in which you’ve been reluctant. Now’s the time.

Reconsider your contracts 

It’s easy to become complacent and resistant to change when things seem comfy. Yet, this is also when you can pay more than necessary or fall victim to laziness and mistakes. Maintenance crews, plumbers, electricians, and other contractors can increase prices and lower quality. Spring is a great time to reevaluate your choices and confirm everyone is still giving you what you pay for.

Evaluate your positioning 

Where are your occupancy numbers, and where would you like them to be in the coming year? If they aren’t as high as you’d like, it’s time to look at your property positioning. Where do you advertise, and how do you promote? If you haven’t already, it’s time to get a website, get involved in social media, and start talking to your prospects and tenants through networks and blogging.

Class A Management can help with your spring cleaning

Want some help clearing out all the cobwebs? We’re here to assist. Our wide range of property management services can help you evaluate your current investments, suggest improvements, and implement changes based on your decisions. 

Contact the professionals at Class A Management today to get the advice and service your need so your spring cleaning gives your investment property the boost it needs to have a successful year. 

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Embrace the Season with a Spring Maintenance Checklist Video

Maintenance Checklist for Spring

Spring is upon us, and with the change in season comes general upkeep for your rental properties that just won’t wait another season. Safeguard your investment against damage from spring rains and snow melts, and boost your property’s curb appeal with seasonal landscaping that’s sure to keep your rental rates at the top of their income-growing potential.

Check out this video from Rentec Direct for a starter maintenance checklist you can work from as we enter the season of new growth, outdoor entertaining, and the best curb appeal opportunity of the year.

Let us help you get your maintenance checklist completed quickly and ensure your property has more than just standard curb appeal. Contact or call us at 817-295-5959, or send an email to .