There’s a lot that goes in to building management and maintenance budgeting. Balancing known or fixed costs and forecasting for incidentals isn’t an exact science. And when budgets wind up in the black at this point of the year, building managers can be left weighing how best to spend remaining dollars to avoid budget cuts for next year.
With just a little consideration, this “use it or lose it” predicament doesn’t have to lead to knee-jerk decision making. Here are some of the best bets from Stone Building Services:
We’ve all got a wish list of “to do’s” and projects we’d like to see completed – if we only had the time or money. Is there a need or project that’s out of the scope of our current contract for services? Now’s the time to address those issues and get them taken care of within this year’s budget. Don’t neglect the opportunity to create goodwill and ask tenants for their lists, too!
Get weather ready
Hurricane Matthew is far from the last storm we’ll see. Once hurricane season is behind us, we’ll be headed into fall and winter weather which present their own set of challenges for building interior and exterior surfaces. Preparing those surfaces for for the coming season pays off come time for spring cleaning. Ask for a walk-around to help identify problem spots now.
Just like your home or car, small problems can turn into larger ones if left unchecked. Wood, metal, and stone surfaces degrade at different rates, depending on weather, use, application, and upkeep. The good news is, repairs can prevent damaged surfaces from turning into bigger problems. Don’t let it sit. A little prevention now can save a lot of money later.
Make a plan
No matter the age of the facility, traffic and use patterns, weather, tenants, and other factors will all impact the look and condition of the building. Ask the pros here at Stone Building Services to help tailor your upcoming year’s maintenance contract to address your particular needs. Building maintenance and repair is a money-saving proposition, and an investment in acquiring – and keeping – the best tenants!