The commercial property maintenance industry is a completely different game from simple building maintenance, it's not only to maintain the property but you need to be aware of advanced technologies, green & health certification, and the knowledge on how to best tailor your premises in-line with your businesses needs and growth.
Here are some tips for commercial property management that will help kick-start your maintenance programme.
1. General Internal & External Maintenance
The appearance of your building will always be important, a rundown building is the opposite of what you want, so make sure you manage routine checks on your property to ensure that it is in pristine condition. First impressions count and it cannot be emphasised enough how important maintaining the exterior of a building reflects on your businesses brand.
Areas that should be regularly inspected and maintained include, external walls, roofing, glass, signage, gardens/landscaping, and parking areas. Interior areas of importance are walls, flooring, plumbing, fixtures, and furnishings. Everything should be in working order, clean, and up-to-date. Well-maintained properties appear professional and presentable.
All mechanical elements need to be kept up to date, compliant and in pristine working order.
Companies are increasingly focusing on motivating their workforce, boosting morale, and presenting an attractive company image and this is re-enforced by a well maintained building.
2. Latest Technologies
Make sure your commercial property keeps up with the times and that you are aware of the latest and greatest features as well as the most secure surveillance and alarm systems.
Today's modern buildings are expected to be an intelligent part of the businesses themselves, offering the best workstations, the best bandwidth, and the best mobile potentials for their clients. This means that highly trained professionals need to be in your employ or you need to source an external IT support company.
Make sure you have someone who understand how technologies work and anticipate problems so that they can quickly troubleshoot and offer solutions for you. Employ experts to train your staff and manage the emerging technologies that will soon be a part of the premises. Getting technologies before your competitors can be a highly effective way to attract premium clients and generate more revenue.
Your business will thrive when you can rely on convenient and compact solutions. If you can't take care of the day-to-day maintenance of your building then utilise a professional facilities maintenance company (such as ours) for a fee, and allow your business managers to focus on running your business and expanding revenue streams.
3. Going Green
Intelligent and green buildings are the new buzzwords for commercial properties. Your business should always be looking to improve its carbon footprint, and there are economic benefits as well.
There are companies such as ours that can demonstrate just how much power your building is drawing and advise you of the latest technologies to make improvements.
On top of this, you may just be eligible for funding and tax relief on your energy-efficiently improvements.
4. Stay Compliant
When renting a property for your business, you have some responsibilities by law - but most will depend on what it says in the lease.
You must carry out a health and safety risk assessment in the workplace and take action to remove any hazards.
You’ll normally be responsible for fire safety, electrical equipment safety, gas safety to name a few.... so make sure you understand your responsibilities.
For further information visit https://www.gov.uk/renting-business-property-tenant-responsibilities for the full list.
5. Effective Communication
Ultimately, property maintenance often comes down to dealing with people, so you will need to have excellent people skills and patience to face any and all crises with a calm demeanour.