As the winter season draws to a close, property managers need to reassess the state of their commercial real estate as they prepare for the warmer weather that lies ahead. The harsh winter weather will have likely dealt some form of damage, and a few property maintenance steps prior to spring can flush out winter’s chilly remnants and restore curb appeal overall. Call a Coventry property maintenance specialist to conduct the following tasks.
Roof and building exterior inspection
Cold snow and heavy winds can batter the building’s outer elements during winter and cause severe wear and tear to certain property features, most notably the roof and building exterior. Paint chipping, damaged cladding, and even cracks in the foundation are the things that a property maintenance professional must look for. They must also determine if any roof shingles must be repaired or replaced.
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Although winter can often be a beautiful time of the year, there are, inevitably, instances when a handyman will be required to tackle problems within the home. Let’s look at some signs that such a professional may be needed.
Many homes in Coventry and nearby areas suffer from inadequate levels of insulation. As a result, a good amount of heat can be lost and energy bills will be much higher. It is a good idea to check for drafts around suspect areas. Windows, doors and door frames are often sources of thermal loss. Hold a candle up and if the flame flickers noticeably, it is likely that there is a draft where there shouldn’t be any, indicating that repairs will need to take place.
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Electrical service is one component you must consider when hiring professionals to provide property maintenance and facility management. The state of a building’s electrical system affects its efficiency in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s a rental or a commercial building, the electric supply must be in the best state.
If it’s a factory, it has to run without interruptions because of all the machinery involved in the different operations. For an apartment complex, tenants need electricity for lighting and appliances and for this reason, your property maintenance in Coventry has to include qualified electricians.
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Jobs such as plastering, fixing electrical wires or replacing plumbing pipes are just a few that may come up once in a while when running a home or commercial building. A handyman service is one solution you can turn to when in need of assistance with such tasks. When hiring a handyman in Coventry, one way you can make the most of the services on offer is to ensure that you have a detailed contract. Most regions don’t require licenses for handymen, so the presence of an agreement in writing makes certain that each party sticks to certain terms.
Some tasks around the home may not be that extensive and may only call for a one-time service; and so, a contract may not be a matter of importance. However, you may have accumulated small projects around the house that are to be handled all at once, meaning that a Coventry handyman will have to put in significant work, and in such instances, drawing up a contract becomes essential.
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Many building owners in Coventry take property maintenance and management to be one and the same thing. However, it is important to understand that property maintenance is the act of contracting professional services to maintain a property. It is a workable solution towards preserving the condition of an asset. No matter the size of your property, consider maintenance an integral part of its overall upkeep.
Keep your Eye on the Ball
When giving consideration to the careful upkeep of your property, it is necessary to refrain from focusing only on the business side of it but that of the tenants or buyers too. When repairs are not acted upon promptly, many consequences could follow. First, repairs and maintenance may be more costly in the future, and the value of the property could drop significantly.
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Turn the clock back 50 years, and it’s surprising that a large number of properties and property extensions built during that time, haven’t fallen down. Or perhaps they have. It was the boom time for cowboy builders – and building inspectors who weren’t averse to the odd free package holiday.
Although things have improved to a point, as far as jerry-building is concerned, it is still alive and well. Almost 2.5 million disputes between home owners and incompetent ‘tradesmen’ reached the UK courts in just three years between 2008 and 2011.
Many of these disputes involved what we would call ‘small works’, single storey property extensions and loft conversions. Internal property improvements such as kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom refits, adding additional electrical points and light fittings, and general home redecoration work, have all seen homeowners and property landlords in dispute with builders over shoddy, and in some cases, downright dangerous workmanship.
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Did you know that most people spend on average over £3,000 per year on the upkeep and decoration of their home’s interior, yet less than £300 on the exterior?
We all want our homes to look presentable. At least, it would seem that inside, we do. We want our homes to be aesthetically pleasing, to be the envy of our neighbours, with all mod-cons in kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. How soul-destroying when, three months after spending hundreds of pounds on new decorations, carpets, and furniture, damp patches begin to appear on ceilings. Or damp begins ruining the new wallpaper. The first big storm of the winter has broken the camel’s back – or at least finally got under that loose tile, split flashing, or penetrated brickwork through that missing mortar.
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