1. Look up detailed history of all properties
At any time, your dedicated smoke alarm servicing company will be able to provide you a complete and detailed history of smoke alarms at all of your properties.
That includes a full list of past inspections and for each inspection a complete report of all the testing elements that make up your service package.
Each inspection will also have a complete list of smoke alarm assets at the property along with details about the model, type, power source, expiry date.
Each alarm asset will also have a “tested tag” and a time stamped photo.
All of the evidence that can be presented by your smoke alarm servicing company may one day be critical.
2. No need to worry about keeping track of when to schedule properties and whether they are overdue
Your smoke alarm company keeps track of the dates for you and will proactively schedule properties before they are overdue.
Scheduling a high volume of properties is time consuming and sometimes complicated.
Your smoke alarms service provider will have a system in place for doing scheduling in the most efficient way.
3. Never worry about safety switches or blind cords
Kill three birds with one stone. Part of the landlord obligations are to ensure tenants safety in relation to circuit breakers and corded blinds.
Homes should always have at least one working safety switch in place. Safety switches often become faulty so they need to be regularly checked.
If a home has blinds with looped cords the apparent child safety risks should be mitigated. Blind cords are notorious for becoming knotted or detaching from their wall anchors.
Try to see if your smoke alarm company can include a check of the safety switches and blinds with their service.
4. Compliance and safety kept at arm’s length
Property managers are some of the busiest workers in town and have to stretch their attention across a multitude of tasks on a day to day basis.
Mitigating risk effectively requires time, focus and attention to detail.
A smoke alarm servicing business will help you keep the checking process at arms-length. Therefore, the process quality is never compromised by staff who are run off their feet.
5. Help you project manage your upgrade of properties to meet the new legislation
Make no mistake. Upgrading smoke alarms to meet the new legislation for an entire rent-roll, particularly a large one, is a massive job.
All property information needs to be looked at globally in order to prioritise the most urgent properties.
Having dynamic reports in place allows you to see clearly which properties do and do not comply with the new laws. Good reports will clearly illustrate what needs to happen in order to make each property comply if it does not already.