The leaves are changing colors and, that cool fall breeze is upon us. This means, it is time to review your facility needs for Fall. A few steps in preventative maintenance for your facility’s indoor and outdoor needs can save you in big money when warmer weather returns.

Follow our checklist for indoor and outdoor preventative maintenance care and keep your property running at its best and looking great too.

Indoor Checklist

There is more to the interior of your property than simply it’s design; keeping up with building maintenance is also an important consideration for any property owner. Every facility is unique but here are 3 basic preventative steps that you can add to your indoor maintenance checklist.

  1. Cleaning your carpets

First start inside your facility, and it’s easier than you think. Cleaning your carpets can be number one on the list. Replacing flooring is expensive so protect your investment by cleaning your flooring regularly. In addition to keeping your investment safe, this act also ensures that they look great and can help reduce the amount of damage caused as a result of constant foot traffic. The benefits to carpet cleaning expand beyond cost and appeal; regular carpet cleaning reduces and removes allergens that can hide within your carpet fibers.

  1. Electrical and Energy Utilization

Energy use varies with seasons, in colder months energy usage starts increasing. Review energy consumption reports in your facility. Changing your lighting may not seem like much in terms of conserving energy however, checking light bulbs, and inspecting wiring for any signs of damage or corrosion can save you in the long run. Consider swapping the light bulbs in your facility out with LED lighting. LED lighting may seem more expensive than standard lighting, but in the long run it is more cost efficient as LED bulbs are longer lasting than CFL bulbs.

  1. Plumbing

Lastly, checking for any water leaking in your office’s kitchen and bathroom areas, and inspecting for any damaged equipment. When it comes to self-checking your plumbing, it is vital to understand the differences between residential and commercial pipes. Doing routine checks are important and professionals, like us, recommend an inspection every two years. With older properties, more frequent checks are advised and can save thousands in the long run.

Outdoor checklist

The exterior of your building is exposed to a lot more extreme weather conditions especially as the weather turns colder. The outside of your facility is exposed all kinds of different weather conditions which is why these 3 routine checks are critical to not only save you from bigger repairs but also protect your facility overall.

  1. Roofing

You don’t need to be a roofing expert to do some simple things to help keep your roof in tip-top shape. Remove any debris from the gutters, while this isn’t glamorous work it can save you tons in the long run. Next, identify any visible damage, corrosion, or cracks on the roof. Finding these types of damage before it gets too cold outside can prevent more issues that can lead to draining your pockets in repairs.

  1. Exterior Caulking

Caulking may seem like an overlooked way to improve outdoor appearances, but it can also help in saving money. In addition to cost savings, caulking also improves appearance and can keep pests out of your facility. If you want more information on the benefits of exterior caulking read our blog on The Benefits of Caulking.

  1. Power washing

Power washing not only can give your facility a good cleaning, but it can also disinfect your buildings, sidewalks, and parking lot. It’s not just about rinsing dirt off the side of your building or the sidewalk power washing, provides a deep and sanitized cleaning on your exterior.

Power washing can prevent damage, save you money, and boost your curb appeal. Not to mention that having cleaner facilities is always safer!

This checklist, while it may seem short, has long term benefits on your budget and your facility’s appearance and lifespan. These preventative care maintenance steps are top on our list for Fall so put them on yours and be ready for the cold Fall weather coming our way.

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