Property Maintenance Observation Tool

The Property Maintenance Observation Tool (PMOT) was developed to assess property maintenance as part of the overall evaluation for the Michigan YVPC. Several of our programs involve neighborhood improvement projects and this evaluation will help us understand if these neighborhood improvement projects make a difference in how other neighbors take care of their properties. The PMOT looks at indicators such as: fire damage, broken windows, boarded windows, landscaping, mowing and maintenance, litter and trash.

These assessments began in July 2011, and were conducted every summer for the next 5 years.

These assessments will help us to track any changes in the neighborhoods after improvement projects have been completed.

View Property Maintenance Observation Tool (v.3.0, 2010-2015)

Instrument Citation:

Reischl, TM, Krusky, AM, Zimmerman, MA, Aiyer, SM, Kruger, DJ, Franzen, SP, & Lipton, R. (2016). Assessing physical disorder in urban neighborhoods: Reliability and validity of the Parcel Maintenance Observation Tool.  Journal of Community Psychology, 44 (1), 7-21. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21730

For more information: 

  • Blog Post:  “From Broken Windows to Busy Streets” 
  • Krusky, A., Reischl, T., Zimmerman, M., Lipton, R., Franzen, S., Miller, A., and Aiyer, S.  (2012, October). Property Parcel Maintenance and Public Health: Developing the Property Assessment Tool (PAT). Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA. View Poster
  • Reischl, TM, Krusky, AM, Zimmerman, MA, Aiyer, SM, Kruger, DJ, Franzen, SP, & Lipton, R. (2016). Assessing physical disorder in urban neighborhoods: Reliability and validity of the Partcel Maintenance Observation Tool.  Journal of Community Psychology, 44 (1), 7-21.  doi: 10.1002/jcop.21730

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the development of the tool.