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Should I Install Security or Mesh/Fly Wire Doors on Units?

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by MindMaster, 26th Nov, 2015.

  1. MindMaster

    MindMaster Well-Known Member

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    Trying to work out if I should in stall security or screen doors and would appreciate advice/feedback!!!o_O

    I have a 3 pack of units in Albion, Melbourne with sliding rear doors and standard hinged front doors. None of the doors have security doors or fly wire doors.

    Had request from one tenant for a security sliding door and a request for a fly wire sliding door from another tenant. The main reason for the requests are so they can leave the back doors open with out undersirables (insect and human) gettiing in.

    Contacted a number of door companies and the prices so far are around $$350 for mesh sliding door, $350-400 for security sliding doors with similar prices for front doors.

    I'd like to make the units more comfortable for tenants but installing the doors is not cheap so I'm not sure which is the best way to go. At this stage I'm tempted just to install sliding doors in the rear. What would you do?
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    I probably would. If tenants feels more secure there they'll likely stay longer.
     
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    I have found that it's a good idea to put security sliding doors and front doors in areas which are so-so (but I don't know Albion). I ended up doing it after a breakin though and it probably would have been better to do it before as the tenant moved out and I did lose rent.
    I also found it easier to do all 3 rather than one tenant asking and getting then the other 2 asking for same.
    That price is actually quite good, mine was about $200 more
    It might be 2 weeks rent per dwelling in terms of cost but it's probably going to pay you back with keeping tenants longer.
     
  4. moyjos

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    I would say yes, but then I sell security doors :D

    Just one thing to check. Double check with body corp that you can have a door on the front door. In the units we live in, we at not permitted a front screen door, as our front door is a fire door and should be kept closed.
     
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    If you own all the units in the triplex, then I would install some sort of screen doors. As to whether it is security, you need to weigh up if you would like to keep that tenant (or future tenants) and whether the additional cost can be recovered in the rental.
     
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    Security doors for me, for the same reasons stated above.... Happy tenant = longer tenant = happy landlord
     
  7. WestOz

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    They get in regardless, e.g. there'll be a glass window right next to it. Products like this are merely a mental comfort.

    However you have to consider the comments above, current and future tenant comfort, whilst the current took it on without, with so much going on they may not have noticed at the time of inspection they weren't installed.

    Surprised they're not already installed.

    Prices are a lot better than I've found over here, still it adds up...
     
  8. MindMaster

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    Thank you every one for your feedback. The consensus is go for the doors which is what I was expecting.

    Now to work out the best value supplier of doors.

    Budgetsecuritydoors.com looks like the best option so far with $380 for a Diamond grill with fly mesh. Any recommendations?

    Albion is gentrifying and I'd be happy to live there BUT it does have a bad rep for crime so security doors would be good.
     
  9. neK

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    i tend to go for diamond mesh with the one way sight.
    I find it looks better and is harder wearing than the typical flyscreen mesh.

    (This applies to front door and rear sliding door)
     
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    Just realised I pasted this in the wrong thread during 1st coffee this morning...

    If the units are reasonably new, gunna be around for a long while, you could go even a package alarm deal, something like this we have over here - 3 Unit Site Special - The Installers
     
  12. mush

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    From 01/07/15 the changes to residential tenancy law requirements with regard to minimum levels of security came into effect. It is probably worth educating yourselves to these on the department of commerce website prior to making your decision.
    Not sure if this is relative to just WA or nationwide.