Today marks the first day of spring. The good news is we can look forward to warmer weather, longer days, and sunshine. While it may not be top of mind, have you considered the maintenance your building might need now that winter is over? It’s time to shake off winter and plan your strategy for spring.
We know just how busy the spring months can get; it may be best to call your local professionals (that’s us!) to conduct a property inspection so you don’t have to think twice about spring maintenance. If you want to be more hands on here are just a few things, you can do to be prepared for spring.
Conduct Your Own Facility Check
Conducting a check of your facility isn’t a task that should be limited to spring. In fact, you should try to do a facility check with each passing season to stay on top of everything going on in your facility. Facility checks give you time to think ahead and anticipate potential problems before they get out of hand.
The best way to conduct a facility check is to create a master check list and prioritize needs according to weather. Give special attention to areas that have been hit hardest by winter, such as, checking pipes for leaks caused by melting ice or checking on equipment that has been left outside.
The next thing you should set your sights on is checking in on your equipment that has not been used during the winter months. Is it still in good and safe working order? If not or if you’re unsure, take the time to make any needed repairs to ensure your equipment is up and running this spring. Now is also the time to order equipment and confirm you have parts on hand such as air filters. This will help prevent minor issues from becoming larger ones, which can be far more expensive to repair.
Equipment and technology have progressed a lot over the past few years, but it is still imperative to plan routine checks on all equipment including regular inspections, cleanings, and part replacements. For more on maintaining your technology and equipment read our blog, Facility Maintenance in 2023.
Tackle Small Repairs
While conducting your facility check, make note of small things and minor damage. Caulking is a very overlooked strategy. It is a great money saving tactic to keep your building happy and healthy this spring. Caulking does a great job in preventing pests during warm weather such as bees, ants, and beetles. This can also improve your facility’s general appearance.
While minor damage may not seem important, it should still be added to the list of tasks you have while preparing your building for spring. Your customers, tenants, and employees will notice the difference, even in the small things.
Identify Cost Saving Maintenance
As a facility manager, saving money on maintenance is probably top of mind. Another easy and cost-effective way to save money in preparation for spring can be carpet cleaning. As the winter months end and spring arrives, although the weather can still be unpredictable with uncertain rainy weather, but an easy way to keep your high traffic areas presentable is having your carpets cleaned. Replacing flooring can be expensive and is not always the necessary course of action. But protecting your investment, with thorough cleaning, is a smart and proactive approach.
These are just a few things you can do to prepare for spring as we have said goodbye to winter. If you can’t fit your facility maintenance into your schedule, we can help! Call our team and we can handle this entire list and more!