As a landlord, one of your prime responsibilities is to take good care of repair and maintenance of your building. Your tenant association can also take steps to improve the quality of life in your building. Many maintenance-related tasks can have a direct impact on the overall health and value of your property. So, it’s not wise to overlook them.
Maintenance and repair is a complex and never-ending process that demands skill, professionalism and equipment. From emergency repairs to routine maintenance, a well-planned preventive strategy not only improves the value of your building but also ensures residents peace of mind. However, this requires a well-designed process and active participation from all stakeholders: contractors, residents, employees, etc. It is a good idea to make a maintenance committee who can manage, supervise, and monitor important tasks.
Where to start
Before you try to wrap your head around building maintenance and repair, take a brief look at your building and ask yourself the following questions to understand what needs to be done and where to start:
- What is the structure of your property and how does it look inside and out?
- Is your building comfortable to live in?
- Are there any apparent or hidden repairs that need to be done immediately?
- Do you already have a preventive maintenance plan for your building? If yes, how effective is your existing maintenance plan?
- How do you deal with weatherization to avoid heavy repairs?
- Does your maintenance plan clearly define goals, priorities, and procedures?
These questions will help you understand where to start and how to start. Life can get easier if your tenants are willing to take the initiative and perform routine maintenance tasks such as basic carpentry, cleaning, minor electrical repairs, paint touch-ups, etc. However, it’s recommended to have a professional building maintenance company take care of more extensive tasks such as floor waxing, building repairs, and carpet cleaning. Some tasks can’t be adequately accomplished without specialized tools and experience.
Whoever lives in your building should realize some responsibilities for maintaining and repairing their apartments. In most situations, maintenance that needs to be done inside an apartment is the responsibility of the residents. Maintenance activities that involve the entire building should be conducted either by the owner or the tenant association. In both cases, professionals are required to get the job done in a safe and time-efficient manner. No matter your situation or what kind of contracts you have with your tenants, you must care for your building, preferably with the help of maintenance experts.
Benefits of maintaining your building
Proper building maintenance provides numerous long-term as well as short-term benefits. Here is what you can obtain by implementing a well-thought-out property maintenance plan:
- Clean, clutter-free and attractive building
- Effective protection against corrosive environment
- Improved safety
- Prevent expensive, large-scale repairs
- Protected property value
- Happy residents
To fully materialize these benefits, you need to consult an experienced property maintenance team. Don’t hesitate to talk to a reputable and professional building maintenance contractor to improve the condition of your property. Whether you own a commercial building, industrial facility, a shopping mall or a small shop, make sure you maintain your property and keep it in good working condition.
About Barmel Building Maintenance
Barmel is where we provide a complete range of building maintenance services to commercial, residential and industrial clients in Edmonton. As a one-stop service, our services include floor waxing, carpet cleaning, office cleaning, and move-in/move-out cleaning. Contact us for more details!