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Winter is well and truly here! In this blog, we consider what property owners need to consider over the holiday season, and how property management services could take some of the weight off their shoulders. After all, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing with a mince pie this December?
During the winter months in particular, dropping temperatures, dark evenings and adverse weather can create a bigger need for maintenance. Without the right preparation in place, these chilly factors can cause chaos to the condition of your building, the happiness of your tenants and the state of your energy bills.
Essential measures include checking pipes, servicing boilers and investing in insulation. While these regular actions may seem like a lot of effort, these steps will help to protect against damage to your property and to maintain the comfortable conditions that your tenants are used to. Defence really is the best form of attack in this case.
For instance, a broken boiler can quickly lead to frozen pipes, which can then burst causing water damage to the property. The result – you’re left with an expensive project, and tenants are left in a building with no heating or running water, while won’t fly for long!
Over Christmas and New Year, many commercial properties such as office buildings will see a dramatic drop in footfall. Great for your tenants, but only if their space is properly cared for while they are gone.
No one wants to return from the festivities to find their computers have all been cleared out! However, many properties can become targets for thieves during the holiday season.
Property security can involve CCTV technology and alarm systems, as well as a physical presence from a round-the-clock security team. Ideally, building owners should work with a knowledgeable provider of property management services to agree on a security solution that’s right for them.
Not will this help to protect your property, it will also reassure your tenants by providing a professional presence within their workplace during a time when footfall may be low. They will also have someone on the ground to turn to in the event of a burst pipe, broken boiler or forgotten keys.
Britain isn’t known for being prepared to handle harsh winter weather and this can pose some unique problems to anyone who owns property. During the coldest time of the year, your building is vulnerable to a number of problems – and by extension, so are your tenants.
The simplest of problems, such as an icy and unlit entrance, could lead to disaster and create ill will from tenants who may not feel properly cared for. However, by fulfilling your obligations to tenants, you can also protect yourself from any catastrophe.
The right property management partner will be able to advise and address a range of winter-related safety issues. It may be as simple as organising additional cleaning or grounds maintenance for your property during periods of adverse weather.
‘Tis the season for property management services
Property management might be the last thing on your mind during the lead up to Christmas, but we can assure you it’s well worth thinking about. Just putting a few simple measures in place can make all the difference to the condition of your building and the relationship you enjoy with your tenants.
As we approach 2018, we really believe the right property management services can give building owners a kick-start in the new year. So, what are you waiting for?