Maintaining Your Commercial Real Estate in the Winter

Maintaining Your Commercial Real Estate in the Winter | Royal Oak Property Services

If you own a commercial property, you want to keep it in optimal shape. Whether it is owner-occupied or rental space, a well-maintained building is good for business. However, with winter here, many property owners are unsure of which projects they should take on this season. These are a few of the most important maintenance tasks for the winter.

Maintain Sidewalks and Curbs

Sidewalks and curbs can be hazardous during the winter months. If you live somewhere that gets icy, protecting your sidewalks is a must-do maintenance task. Laying down salt and sand can help make sure anyone walking by or into your build will be safe.

However, this issue goes beyond just slippery ice. Winter weather can be very hard on walkways. Inspecting those paths and ensuring that they are in the best shape possible will keep them safer and looking their best. Not only is sidewalk maintenance a good idea, in many places it is your legal responsibility.

Service Plumbing

Cold weather can lead to pipes bursting if they get frozen. Ideally, you should have your plumbing serviced at the beginning of the winter. However, if you didn’t manage to do so this year, it is better late than never. Schedule a servicing for your pipes and other plumbing. Having someone come and maintain them is cheaper and easier than having on burst.

You may be surprised to learn that your insurance may not pay for a burst pipe. Typically, the deciding factor is whether you took reasonable steps to maintain the plumbing. Setting an appointment for a servicing could save you from a serious bill down the road.

Service HVAC

The cold weather will likely put a strain on your heating system. If it is running inefficiently, you could be looking at a significantly raised utility bill. In a large commercial space, even a small percentage increase can mean a big increase in total cost. Additionally, there may be a broken or worn component of the system that you aren’t aware of.

Have your HVAC system serviced early in the winter. This may include repairing any issues with your ducting, cleaning out the system and servicing your heater. Again, a little maintenance now could help you avoid more serious issues down the road.

Clean Carpets and Flooring

The winter months are often wet and muddy. Between road salt, snow and dirt, people are likely treading in all sorts of mess into your building. You likely already have a floor cleaning plan. However, it is worthwhile doubling down your efforts during the winter.

No one wants to business in a building with dirty floors. Regular cleaning can help to ensure that your commercial property will look professional and ready for business throughout the winter.

Royal Oak Property Services Are Here To Help

If you need commercial property services in Southern California, Royal Oak Property Services is here for you. We can help you keep your commercial building in the best possible shape during the winter. We work in Orange County, Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, San Diego and the surrounding area. Contact us today to learn about our property maintenance services.

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