Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Importance of Proper Building Maintenance

The role of a property manager or owner is to ensure their building is maintained to preserve the asset and protect the building occupants.  Not only will regular, proper maintenance make the building a healthy and safe place to work or live, but resale values are higher for properties that keep up with regular maintenance.

Buildings are an important element in our world.  Not only do they provide us with shelter, an environment to live, work and play, they also protect us from the outside elements.  Humans spend nearly ninety percent of our lives inside buildings.  Living in working in a safe and well maintained property is essential for most people.  Property managers interested in keeping tenants long-term will invest in timely building maintenance and repairs.

Because a commercial facility is exposed to all kinds of weather changes – rain, the beating down sun, wind and other natural elements.   Over time these natural occurring events have an adverse effect on roofs, windows, doors, paint, wood and other building materials.  Paint begins to peel, doors warp, roof leak – if left unattended, interior walls, floor coverings and ceilings can be damaged causing costly repairs.  Additionally, tenants belonging can be damaged by a building that is in disrepair.

Periodic inspection and maintenance of the roof, walls, gutters, drains, and foundations is an investment in controlling interior conditions as well as in preserving the building itself.  A regular schedule for maintenance of the exterior and interior of the building should be created and maintained with an ongoing log of building problems and resolutions.

Facilities managers have the responsibility to save money and conserve energy.  At the same time, these managers face the pressures of hearing complaints about the comforts of the building and maintenance issues from tenants.  Sometimes these responsibilities and pressures are in conflict with each other. Having a facility maintenance company that can be trusted to control costs and maintain your building can help both of these issues.  Damages can be spotted quickly and preventative maintenance can be performed to ward off potential high dollar repairs caused by unforeseen issues.  Timely repairs and regular upkeep reduces tenant complaints, thus increasing satisfaction.  Plus, having a regularly contracted facility maintenance company on call saves time searching for a technician to complete your task and worrying if the job will be handled correctly and in a cost effective manner. 

It is crucial to develop a good working relationship with your facility maintenance company.  A commercial facility maintenance company may also be able to bundle your maintenance services together with your janitorial services or parking lot maintenance.  Doing so can help reduce your budgetary expenses while preserving the appearance of your building and keeping tenants satisfied.

About American Facility Services
Providing both interior and exterior commercial building services throughout the state of Florida since 1993, American Facility Services (AFS) has built a solid reputation based on safety, quality and customer service. With offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, AFS offers a wide range of services that can be customized to meet the needs of each client. AFS provides a complete range of services, so our clients have the convenience of working with a single provider for all their commercial property maintenance needs.  Contact AFS today at 866-793-3735 or visit our website at for an online proposal.

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