5 Reasons to Create a Building Maintenance Plan Today
Think for a moment about owning a building the way you think about owning a car. To get the most mileage out of your vehicle, you must rotate and replace your tires, check and change your oil, and take it in for regular tune-ups. Owning a commercial office building works much the same way. To keep your building a safe, attractive and comfortable place to work, maintenance is key.
So how often should a building owner think about building maintenance? All the time. The fact is, resale values are typically higher for buildings that have been well maintained. And building owners who want to attract and keep long-term tenants invest in building maintenance. Need more reasons to take building maintenance seriously? Here are five:
- You can fix minor problems before they become major ones.
This applies to everything from keeping on top of pest control to regularly cleaning roof drains. Neglected drains can clog and lead to costly damage to landscaping, roofs, and interior ceilings and walls. And although insects and rodents may be small, they can affect your bottom line in a big way. The longer you wait to fix small problems, the higher the cost of repairs.
- You can extend the life of your property.
Building owners and managers who don’t pay careful attention to ongoing property maintenance risk the premature failing of materials and equipment—from drywall and ceiling tiles to parking lot asphalt and HVAC units. That means inconveniencing tenants by posting “out of order” signs, compromising tenant comfort and productivity, and spending money on avoidable, costly, and disruptive repairs.
- You can avoid flushing money down the toilet.
You know that perpetually leaky faucet in the office restroom? It’s costing you money. According to data compiled by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons of water per year—water you’re paying for. Common, easily correctable leak culprits include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking valves.
- You will put safety first.
As a building owner, keeping your tenants and employees protected and happy is your first priority. That means ensuring that your electrical circuits are safe and unexposed, staying on top of fire alarm and fire extinguisher performance, and making sure your elevators, doors, windows, and ventilation systems are operating efficiently and effectively. It also means providing and maintaining sufficient indoor and outdoor lighting and taking care of building grounds, especially following severe weather.
- You’ll start viewing maintenance as a way of life.
To keep on top of building maintenance, prepare a maintenance schedule (for both the exterior and interior of your building), along with a record of building problems and fixes—from repainted walls to repaired electrical circuits. Knowing what’s ahead of—and behind—you will help keep maintenance top of mind and keep your bottom line in tip-top shape.
Don’t have the time to think about building maintenance all the time? Hire a professional building management company. When you do, you’ll have constant access to an in-house point of contact and a company backed by qualified professionals—from electricians and plumbers to painters and landscapers. It’s their job to ensure regular inspection and maintenance of your property to your workplace is always up and running.
Good operational planning and a regular investment in building maintenance are far less expensive and inconvenient than dealing with the consequences of neglect.
Andy Anderson is a partner at The Anderson Group in Albany, NY. To learn about The Anderson Group’s property management services, which include housekeeping, landscaping and grounds maintenance, HVAC services, electrical and plumbing services, and life safety, call Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.