If you, like many local businesses, have been closed for an extended period of time during the spring or summer of 2020, be sure you take time to catch up with your commercial property maintenance before you reopen your business.
Why Commercial Property Maintenance Catch-Up is Critical
Depending on where you are in the country, your business will have been affected in various ways during the pandemic shut-down.
According to the Washington Post, at the same time cases were soaring in the South and West, states such as Massachusetts reported hopeful numbers. So while surges in cases have led to ongoing shutdowns in some states, other states experienced lower numbers and were able to allow businesses to resume with caution.
If you find yourself in the position to reopen after a prolonged shut-down, your instinctive reaction may be to muster your staff and plan to fling open your doors immediately.
That would be a mistake. Though you’re naturally motivated to re-open as soon as humanly possible, and while logic would dictate your business would remain in pristine condition while closed, the laws of nature have the final say. You may have left your business in perfect condition when you closed your doors for the shut-down, but that alone won’t guarantee a successful reopening.
Not without a little help.
Start with Landscaping
It’s likely that the first impression you will have on prospective customers and clients will be the state of your grounds.
To that end, your landscaping and grounds maintenance should be at the top of your list of tasks to attend to before you re-open.
Make sure trees and bushes are neat, the grass is freshly mowed, and the edges are trimmed and sharp. And where necessary, you should also take care of the following tasks:
- Lay fresh mulch
- Turn-on and perform a check on your irrigation system
- Apply fertilizer to your turf
- Mend your fences
- Check for water damage
Continue with Exteriors
Once you’ve completed your landscaping checklist, you’ll want to address your facility’s outer appearance.
Nothing says “We’re open for business!” quite like a fresh, shiny exterior.
When it comes to exterior maintenance, pressure washing and window washing should both be top of mind. Scrubbing away accumulated dust, dirt, pollen, and grime will go a long way toward demonstrating to your customers and clients that you are still at the top of your game and ready to serve them in whatever ways they require.
We Can Help
We know there is a lot to keep up with these days and many businesses are short on staff. Strategic Grounds Management is here to help with landscaping and outdoor maintenance needs.
We serve the entire continental U.S. So whether you have one property or several scattered throughout the country, we can help! Contact us today for all your groundskeeping needs.