A Helping Hand With Property Maintenance

February 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm 1 comment

By Esther Denn, CCAM, ARM

One of the biggest issues facing property managers is property maintenance. I can’t tell you how many times I have taken over management of a community only to find maintenance has been deferred and many of the building components are in need of a major overhaul. I have spent a lot of time thinking about property values and what can drive them up or down. Deferred maintenance is the number one contributor to your maintenance woes and what ails a property or community.

One of the easiest simple fixes is to improve your curb appeal. When was the last time you met with your landscaper and walked the community with an eye for curb appeal? In fact, it is important to meet with all the vendors who service your property or community and do at least a monthly, quarterly or annual inspection depending upon the need. At the very least, you are establishing accountability for the asset you manage.

The next factor that is so important is liability. Schedule an appointment with the insurance agent for the property and walk with them for guidelines on what could present liabilities to the property, i.e. a raised sidewalk that could create a slip and fall, poor or obscured lighting and any defect that could present an accident waiting to happen. Talk to your industry providers, ask questions and meet with them to share your concerns and benefit from their knowledge.

I have included several different inspection checklists that I hope can be of benefit to property managers and owners alike when they evaluate their property and or community. Let me know how they work for you and if you have any ideas for improvement. I would like to thank Greg Borzilleri of PCW Services, gregborz@pcwservices.com, 949-285-7802 and Kelly Soiles, 3-Valley Construction, ksoiles@gmail.com, 909-941-8440 both who contributed generously with their time providing us with the checklists and information.  For a free down load of the checklists, visit my website at www.edennproperty.com .  Select eforms and look under Maintenance forms.

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