This blog was written for AM Planned Maintenance and originally published on 2019/08/21. ↗️

7 Reasons To Hire A Facilities Management Company

There are many reasons to keep your office building clean and orderly. The staff deserves and needs to work in a tidy environment. Plus, the building’s cleanliness reflects a lot about the business itself. Business owners have many obligations outside of managing operations as well. In fact, most people do not know all of the things an owner does to keep their business running efficiently. It can be overwhelming to worry about maintaining both the operation and cleanliness of a business.

One way for owners to focus more on business is to turn the cleaning duties over to a facilities management company.

There are many advantages of having a dedicated company manage cleaning the office, including:

Skill and Knowledge

Facilities management companies have experience in correctly managing a building. From carpentry, electrical and plumbing, a good facility maintenance company will take care of everything. There is more to maintaining a building than just making sure that the building is clean. Professional maintenance experts know what to do to ensure a safe and compliant environment for your employees.

Reduce costs

Lower costs for building maintenance and repair and save money on staffing. Good maintenance and repairs keep tenants happy and preserve the value of your building investment. By hiring a building maintenance company you gain access to both their in-house maintenance staff, as well as their network of licensed, bonded and insured contractors who have already been vetted for good pricing and quality work.

This can result into significant savings compared to searching online and hiring a handyman yourself. Not only will a facility maintenance company be able to get volume discounts on the work, they also know the contractors and understand maintenance issues making them capable of supervising the work. A facility maintenance company will provide you with a customised maintenance plan which will ensure no money is being wasted on over staffing for maintenance.

Save time

You will have more time to focus on your business tasks instead of maintenance when you hire a facility maintenance company. Facility maintenance services will address the ongoing issues to keep your property in good order, they are the experts in this particular field. Instead of you being in charge of this, a facility maintenance company will take care of needed building maintenance, both the exterior and interior. If you’re a busy commercial property owner, office owner or landlord, it’s a workable solution to help preserve the top-notch condition of your real estate asset—especially if it’s subjected to heavy foot traffic on a daily basis.

You will also save time by having the facility maintenance company coordinate with all vendors and contractors that need to access the building for routine safety checks (fire, insurance, water, gas & electric, etc.).

Latest technology

To stay competitive, facility maintenance companies are constantly updating their technology to better serve their customers and to better maintain commercial buildings. You’ll ensure your business is utilising the latest technology in your building to be as efficient and cost effective as possible.

More efficient equipment in your building

Proactive maintenance will keep mechanical and electrical equipment running efficiently in your building. Your commercial HVAC system will greatly benefit from receiving proper maintenance every year. Lack of maintenance accounts for approximately 50% of all HVAC breakdowns. Commercial HVAC systems are often more vulnerable to dirt and extremes of weather. Seasonal upkeep and preventive maintenance help keep complex commercial heating and cooling systems running smoothly.

You don’t have to be a handyman

Most building maintenance problems can be solved with one phone call to a facility maintenance company. Facility maintenance companies are experts at repairs and maintenance of properties. They know how to do these things quickly and inexpensively because they do these jobs every single day. Think about your car, you bring it to a mechanic because you don’t need to be the expert when somebody else already is. You can rest assured that your commercial building is being maintained by a professional.

Increase the value of your property

Preventative maintenance is achieved through putting systems in place that catch and deal with maintenance and repair issues early on, before they grow into larger more costly problems. This requires a written maintenance check program, detailed maintenance documentation and regular maintenance visits. A facility maintenance company can also offer you suggestions and feedback on upgrades and modifications, both how they will affect the rent you can charge for your office space or their impact on maintenance and insurance.

Avoid potential legal troubles

Business owners and managers of public facilities have an obligation with various government rules to maintain safe conditions inside and outside of their buildings. When you hire a commercial maintenance company, they will ensure that your building is free from potential threats that might have caused harm to employees or visitors of the building. A commercial facility maintenance company will make sure the building is fully up to code, so you as the owner or manager can focus on your business and not building maintenance management tasks.