While it feels like the year has gone by so fast so far, the reality is that another Canadian winter is just a stone’s throw away. You’ll want to get certain maintenance projects done before the snow comes, and there really isn’t all that much time left, so time is of the essence.
One of the things you’ll want to do is conduct any needed window maintenance, which in some cases might entail getting new replacement windows for some of the units you manage. For this process, you’ll want to engage residents so that they have the opportunity to report any concerns. As you know, window problems that are left unattended to for too long will eventually become more costly issues.
Here are some window-related maintenance tips to help you get ready for the winter season.
How often do you get the windows cleaned? Some property managers might do it at least once a year while others might do it twice, such as in the spring and in the fall. It’s a good idea to have the windows cleaned properly. This will increase curb appeal, heighten the satisfaction of the property owners you serve, and even give you the opportunity to spot any problems. Once you uncover any issues, you’ll need to determine whether they need to be repaired or replaced.
You don’t have to get replacement windows for every window-related problem. Some problems are easily fixable. For instance, if air is somehow seeping past the windows, check to see if caulking or weatherstripping will do the trick. Oftentimes, these simple remedies are all that is needed to correct any issues. Feel free to get a replacement window shop’s opinion, however, if you’re not sure whether to repair a problem or to get new windows. Also be sure to inform your clients about reporting any issues they discover so that they can be dealt with.
There are some tell-tale signs that you need to launch a replacement window project. If the glass is broken, if condensation is a major problem that won’t go away, or if the windows have faulty mechanisms that are not cost-effective to replace, you’ll want to seriously consider getting new windows. Sometimes repairs only postpone the problem for a while. The problem with this is that the issue will be worse when it eventually re-emerges. And it will likely be at the most inconvenient of times.
As you maintain the windows, you should make note of any issues that will need to be taken care of during the spring. Perhaps the windows are due to be replaced as part of ongoing maintenance or maybe there is simply a need to do more rigorous maintenance post-winter. Keep notes of what you do during the fall and what you want to do in the spring season.
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