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How Your Business Can Keep the Property in Top Shape
With all it takes to run a business, some things can fall by the wayside. If you’re here, however, you care about your business property, consider it an investment worth putting resources toward, and want to ensure it reflects the culture of your company and the value of your product. Whether your property is big or small, here are the best ways to keep it in top shape.
Get Regular Inspections
One of the best ways to keep up with your property is to keep up with its inspections. Though it may seem like a pain short-term, in the long run having an inspector come at a regular rate can ensure your property doesn’t need larger, multi-scale fixes in later years. Building inspection costs come at various prices depending on where you go and the size of your property, but keeping up with them can help you plan out your budget according to what building repairs you’ll likely need over the next five years, and overall ensure you are never at risk to go bankrupt all because of something like bad wiring.
Ensure Alarms Are Functioning
This one is simple, yet essential—check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. No matter how well you maintain your property, neglecting to check on these alarms at a regular interval can be detrimental. Find out for your specific area what the fire code is, as that will determine how often you are required to test the alarms, but also consider the type and age of your property as you decide how often to do your own check-ups. It might also be a good idea to choose from the different types of commercial alarms which to use if you are looking to update.
Prevent Roof Leaks
A place that properties often suffer the most damage is their roofs—but neglecting to keep up maintenance on your property’s roof will not only mean further external damage but can later mean the damage of it internally. Preventing roof leaks prevents a whole host of problems and later repairs for walls, flooring, furniture, equipment, electrical systems, and many other parts of your property. If your roof needs repairs, make it a priority to consult with a roofing supply store or a few contractors as to what waterproofing measures will best help your property to avoid future damage.
An essential part of your business is that it is a safe place to work at and/or for customers to go to. Most hazards that befall a property are created over time and go mostly unnoticed unfortunately until they become a problem. Whatever your property is specifically used for, it certainly is being used, and that means things will inevitably break down, get damaged, or need updating. If your parking lot needs extensive work, a concrete pumper can pour new concrete. If your floor begins to sink, a foundation repairman can determine the cause and fix the problem. In the end, it is best to fix hazards as soon as possible so that no one gets hurt.
Keeping your property in top shape involves more than filling in cracks, of course. Being in the best shape means more than not falling apart—it means, where and when you can, you have updated your property’s features and made it a reflection of the features you want your business to exude. What this looks like in practice could be giving your waiting room better flooring, or updating your air conditioning and heating system, or repainting the outside of your storefront. This kind of care for your property ensures it runs well and increases instead of decreases its value over time. When things are not only running properly, but very well, every aspect of your business is sure to benefit.
Check for Pests
Pest control is an often forgotten but large expense to cover if not used regularly. What kind of pests you’re looking for, of course, depends a great deal on where your property is located and the regional pests around you. Certain preventative measures, such as sealing cracks of windows, floors, and doors or upholding food handling and cleaning regulations, can deter many of the critters that temporarily or permanently shut a business down. Others, such as termites, are more insidious and harder to spot before they are already an infestation. Educate yourself on the warning signs and, if any pests begin to be noticed on your property, get professional help before it costs you thousands in property damage.
Care for the Grounds
The grounds of your property, however small or large, should be given the same care as the rest of it. Much of the maintenance mentioned in earlier sections apply to the open land of your property, including pest control and fixing hazards. Trimming trees, for instance, will help you avoid any damage to power lines and roofing, and sweeping away debris will both help avoid walking hazards. Of the many reasons for ground maintenance, perhaps the most important is how it keeps your property in a shape that reflects your business
Create a Maintenance Schedule
In this article you’ve heard a lot about the virtue of being on top of things, fixing problems before they become problems. But this is only possible if you institute it as part of the required actions to keep this business running. If you are a smaller business owner, create yourself a schedule with recurring checkpoints to ensure you’ve been keeping up the maintenance. If your business is on a larger scale, look at how it is currently fulfilling this function and problem-solving based on the property’s history and what to change or add to your plan.
Big or small, your business is important to you and to any employees you have. The property on which it resides and the level of its upkeep has a large impact on your overall success. Take the time to evaluate what you should include in your maintenance and future plans to improve both the location and environment of your business.
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