Your End-of-Year Building Maintenance Checklist

One of the most important aspects of being a property manager or owner is performing routine maintenance. Whether you own one building or several, ensuring that your properties are running at peak performance is vital. Regular maintenance not only keeps visitors, tenants, and employees happier, but it can also save you money, as well. 

The end of the year is a great time to assess your buildings and do any necessary checks and repairs. This article will provide you with a full building maintenance checklist so you can keep your properties functioning at their best going into the new year.

Task 1: Check the HVAC System

Without a properly functioning HVAC unit, you can’t rely on having a comfortable or consistent indoor temperature for your buildings. This could make life hard for residents and visitors who live or work in your building — and it can even present a safety hazard in some cases. Employees could also get sick more often, leading to lower productivity and worker shortages. 

It’s not just an issue of health and safety, either; an HVAC unit that’s broken or malfunctioning could result in higher utility bills and greater energy expenditure. To avoid all of these complications, be sure to end the year with a complete HVAC inspection to ensure everything is working properly. For expert assistance, you can hire a contractor who has experience in commercial HVAC repairs. 

Task 2: Seal Windows and Doors

Another important item on your end-of-year building maintenance checklist should be to make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed. Windows and doors that aren’t sealed can leak outside air into your building during the winter months, causing your HVAC unit to work harder. This leads to wasted energy and extra maintenance costs that can put a strain on your budget throughout the year. Improperly sealed windows and doors also present a risk of water leaks, which may result in damage to the interior of your buildings and expensive repairs. 

Task 3: Assess Roofs and Gutters

The roof and gutters on your building are very important, especially during seasonal storms. They keep rain, snow, and ice from creeping into your building and causing damage. Even if you don’t typically experience any extreme weather in your area, you should include an assessment of the roof and gutters as part of your end-of-year building maintenance checklist. Careful inspection can reveal any damage before it becomes an expensive problem, and it will help you stormproof your property as you enter the new year.

Task 4: Inspect Garages and Parking Areas

Keeping garages and parking areas safe and clear can help prevent car accidents or slip and falls. Before the end of the year, check these areas thoroughly for any signs of wear and tear. Be sure to look for any significant cracks in the pavement and seal them to prevent further damage. If necessary, make sure ice and snow are regularly cleared from the roads and parking areas on your properties. It may be a good idea to hire a team that specializes in ice and snow removal to stay on top of this throughout the winter. 

Get Year-Round Property Maintenance With Strategic Grounds 

At Strategic Grounds Management, we provide specialized contractors in all things commercial property maintenance so you can rest assured your properties are functioning at their best year-round. Contact us today to learn more about our services and create your personalized property maintenance plan.

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