New Regulation on Window Coverings
By Athena Savoglou
It is no secret to landlords that the preferred, and most common types of window treatments are (drum roll please….) blinds. Whether your investment property has vertical blinds, venetian blinds, mini blinds, micro blinds, roller shades or another variety, you know that most of the “affordable” price point blinds used in rentals have cords that are used to draw them up and down, or from one side to another. Although these cords provide a convenient way to control how much light comes in, they have unfortunately caused significant safety issues.
The potential hazard of these cords first entered the national dialogue in 2015, when ABC news published an investigative piece, which found that popular window treatments had caused upwards of 255 child deaths and countless more injuries. The majority of deaths and injuries occurred due to unintentional entanglement among the blinds’ cords. In response, the powers at be have worked together to change federal regulations regarding blinds. Beginning in 2019, the new industry standard requires blinds to be entirely cordless or have short cords that are unreachable by children. In fact, major retailers like Home Depot, IKEA, Target and Walmart have already stopped selling blinds with cords.
Although this is a great step forward in safety standards, it is important to note that people still needing corded blinds due to disability or other enumerated circumstances will still be able to order custom blinds that have cords. However, the new standard includes provisions that will make these custom corded blinds safer as well.
On a lighter note, there is an added benefit of cordless blinds to owners and tenants—no more tangles! Although minor tangles in corded blinds are fixable, it is not uncommon for cords or blinds to require replacement due to severe tangles which render the blinds unusable. And due to the nature of blinds, these costs most frequently are attributed to normal wear and tear. So, although cordless blinds may cost a little more up front, they may offer greater costs savings in the long run in addition to providing a safer environment for children, with less liability exposure to property owners.
Read more from the Consumer Product Safety Commission at https://www.cpsc.gov/content/updated-voluntary-window-covering-safety-standard-takes-effect-go-cordless
(The maintenance updates only apply to those of you who have pre-ordered these preventative maintenance services. If you didn’t opt in for a service you read about in this newsletter, and would like to schedule a service, just email Spencer@rentalsinboise.com to let him know.)
Sprinkler Turn-ons continue into the first part of May.
HVAC service continues into May
Coming up later in the summer: Power Washing and Attic/Crawlspace/Roof inspections.
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This month’s tenant newsletter features Noise and how it can affect you.
To encourage tenants to read our newsletter so that they keep informed of reminders and general maintenance updates, RMA has incorporated a puzzle into the newsletter for which a prize will be awarded each month. We premiered our puzzle last month with an amazingly successful 30% increase in readership! This month, we feature a crossword puzzle, the clues for which are buried in our Reminders sections as well as the feature article.
Vendor Spotlight – Justin Arroues of Blind Appeal Inc.
By AJ Black
Realty Management Associates is pleased to feature Justin Arroues of Blind Appeal Inc. as our Vendor Spotlight for this month. Justin’s father, Frank, started Blind Appeal in 2007 as a window covering business. By 2013, things had picked up and Justin joined forces with his dad to keep things rolling. By 2017 the business had grown immensely and now offers a cleaning service for windows and gutters, as well as pressure washing for home exteriors, patios, driveways and garages.
Justin starts off the workaday by getting his crews organized for the day ahead. He then turns his focus to his clients, both current and potential. To tie everything up, he finishes the day by scheduling out future jobs. Justin tells us that his favorite part of his work is meeting new people. He also loves providing people with the opportunity to start a career. Having been his own boss since age 25, Justin loves to see those around him enjoy the same kind of fulfilment through work that he’s had.
Outside of his work life, Justin is a talented musician. He has been drumming for twenty-five years, and has been recorded on over 15 albums. He dedicates time out of his busy schedule to collaborate with local musicians and perform around town. Justin hopes to take his drumming on the road again someday— this time for an international tour.
At home, Justin enjoys exercising and lounging with his two beloved hound dogs, as well as getting stuck-in in the kitchen. He was formally a chef before he started working in the family business, so you know whatever he’s cooking is going to be good! Justin may also venture out, if it’s a nice day, to ride motorcycles with his buddies. An ideal evening out for him might include a couple Old Fashions, some good food, and a concert.
Justin takes great pride in his work with Blind Appeal, and it shows! Thank you, Justin for everything you do!
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