Take spring cleaning to the next level with a spring maintenance plan

Are you using the spring for maintenance?

Are you using the spring for maintenance?

Now that it’s the spring, many people take the opportunity to clean some of the buildup that occurred during the winter. For one, the extra daylight draws attention to any excess dust or cracks that have gone unnoticed during the colder, darker months. But did you know you can take the spring cleaning approach to your building maintenance?

According to Buildings, the spring is the perfect time to catch up on some maintenance you may have been neglecting for the past few months. Grab your maintenance crew, load up material carts filled with supplies and get to work. The news provider suggests doing a walkthrough during the season to see if you catch any cracks, breaks or fading that may have occurred over the past few months. Making these adjustments is easy, and can be handled simply by your maintenance crew.

It’s not just the interior of the building you need to be thinking about in the spring. Facilities Net reports this season is the best time to conduct roofing maintenance due to the lack of severe weather. This also allows building crews to survey the damage that may have been done during the winter months if the weather was particularly bad.

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Spring means it’s time to freshen up the landscaping

Time to start landscaping for spring.

Time to start landscaping for spring.

Spring is in full swing and many companies are looking to spruce up the exterior as nature begins to bloom. It’s time to break out the garden carts and get to work, as you want to get a jump on landscaping before things really start to grow.

Don’t worry; a good landscape job doesn’t need to break the bank. There are plenty of ways you can direct your crew to save some money. According to the Kansas City Star, one way to save money on mulch is to order it delivered in bulk. Typically, people will buy multiple bags of mulch and shuttle to and from the store. Buying in bulk allows you to fulfill your need at once and save money in the long run.

Additionally, while fellow buildings may take a bright color approach with their landscape, you may want to opt for greenery to save some money. Not only that, but the news provider reports that greens are lower maintenance than plants with bright pops of color.

The Huffington Post also suggests choosing perennial plants, because they can last for years without having to be replaced. While it may increase your budget in the first year, you’ll save more money in the long run.

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Being energy efficient does more than helps a company’s utilities cost

Making energy efficient adjustments can benefit your company in more ways than one.

Making energy efficient adjustments can benefit your company in more ways than one.

When you’re sending around the maintenance crews with their utility carts to make energy efficient adjustments to your building, you’re not only going to save your bottom line some money, your company will also reap the benefits.

According to the Boston Business Journal, a more energy efficient work environment can actually improve overall company morale, which in turn can boost overall productivity. The news provider reports that by using energy efficient lights, the brightness allows for better visibility, which helps employees see better.

It’s not just workers who are able to reap the benefits of environmentally friendly practices, but customers as well. The news provider reports that people who are environmentally conscious may be more likely to shop with a business that does the same.

Of course, there are monetary benefits as well. Natural Resources Canada reports that energy usage is one of the easiests costs for a business to control. The news provider reports that these kinds of adjustments can increase a building’s overall value should you ever want to lease space. You may want to consider hiring maintenance crews that have experience in energy efficient practices so they know what to look for when making the rounds.

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Maintenance cultures can keep things running smooth

Fill up carts with replacement parts and do routine checks.

Fill up carts with replacement parts and do routine checks.

Keeping a building and all of its equipment in working order is a top priority for most managers. Not only can it save on expenses in the long run, but it can also boost productivity because people are able to complete their jobs efficiently with the help of working equipment. There needs to be a maintenance plan in place to continually check in and make sure operations are running smooth.

According to Reliable Plant, it’s important to instill a maintenance culture within any organization, meaning all workers need to come together to make maintenance a priority. It should not just rely on the crews that push material carts around filled with tools to fix a problem. Instead, workers should feel comfortable speaking up if they notice something that might need a repair. Creating open communication can go a long way in boosting routine maintenance that ultimately helps keep everything in peak working condition.

Keeping equipment in working order is important to worker safety. According to Inbound Logistics, one of the top causes of warehouse workplace injuries is ergonomic-related pains, which come from lifting, pulling and pushing. Having working equipment to help ease the physical burden can help keep the staff in top shape and reduce the risk of strains.

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Manual inventory control is important in business

Are you doing manual counts of inventory?

Are you doing manual counts of inventory?

Proper inventory control is critical to a business’s success. Warehouse managers should know exactly what’s coming in on material handling carts and should be able to determine exactly where stock is in order to fulfill orders quickly.

According to Business 2 Community, it’s critical for businesses to know what to keep in stock rooms and other areas where inventory is easy to access to fulfill customer orders quickly. Additionally, for businesses that have multiple brick and mortar locations, it may be worth it to redistribute inventory to different locations if it’s not selling in one particular store. Different markets can mean different demand.

The news provider also suggests keeping track of inventory by doing frequent counts in both the stockroom and the warehouse. Technology can help identify exactly how much of each item should be in stock, but manual counts can be helpful in ensuring the numbers match up.

The Small Business Chronicle also suggests doing a manual count of how many of each item has been sold. This way, inventory managers are able to get a clear picture as to where each inventory item is located, which can be pretty hard to manage on a store by store basis and additional warehouse.

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Don’t let time waste in the warehouse

Reduce the amount of inventory trips you have to take.

Reduce the amount of inventory trips you have to take.

You need material handling carts to move inventory at an efficient pace. Not only can this equipment reduce the chance of injury on the workforce, it can also help move inventory more quickly. You may not realize exactly how much you can save in cost when you speed up the processes of your warehouse.

According to Manufacturing Business Technology, time is one of the hidden costs associated with the warehouse. The news provider reports that after labor, time is the most expensive variable cost in managing a warehouse. This is because the time it takes to properly sort and place the inventory can eat up into resources. In order to combat this, warehouse managers should research on average how long it takes to move inventory and then work to make it more efficient by adding more equipment to reduce number of trips needed.

Digitalist Mag reports that to start off on the right foot, put extra attention on the receiving aspect to make sure all inventory is properly inspected, labeled and put away. This can reduce the amount of confusion of looking for an item when it is put away in the wrong location, potentially leading to wasted time and a lost sale if the order cannot be fulfilled.

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Warehouse vacancy ticks up slightly

There could be less movement in the warehouse space.

There could be less movement in the warehouse space.

Warehouses have been hot properties over the past few years, as companies try to streamline their supply chain in order to better keep up with customer demand. As there is a greater need for providing products at a lightning speed rate, companies are trying to buy up warehouse space in key areas to fill with inventory that they can deliver quickly.

Moving flat shelf carts around filled with similar inventory goes on throughout the day, with workers racing to properly manage inventory and make sure they’re fully stocked.

However, while there has been a surge in demand for building warehouses, the trend could be slowing down a bit. According to Industrial Distribution, there is a lot more vacant warehouse space available than in previous years. Still, the news provider reports that this isn’t a reflection of a drop in demand, but rather there has been enough space built up over the years that will make sure the demand is being met.

According to Manufacturing.net, new warehouses have increased by more than 10-fold since 2010, which indicates that builders are really listening to demand. Because so many retailers are looking to increase their supply chain operations, there’s little risk to building the space and having it stay vacant. However, if demand has dropped, new warehouse construction may slow down a bit.

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Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance as much as you can

See a professional about maintenance.

See a professional about maintenance.

Taking your vehicle in for repairs should happen on a recurring basis. Professionals have utility carts filled with the equipment they need to make sure your car is running smoothly and efficiently. With the change in seasons, it can be particularly hard on a vehicle.

But you should not wait for inclement weather to hit before you bring your car in for service. According to Bank Rate, you should try and stick to a routine maintenance schedule in order to keep overall costs down. Checking to make sure everything is in working order on a regular basis can prevent big fixes from happening, which can end up being quite costly.

Instead, take your vehicle to your trusted professionals, as they have all the tools necessary to make little adjustments that will save you money in the long run. The news provider reports that owner manuals will frequently have a recommended timetable for getting routine checkups.

According to Lifehacker, while there are many inspections you can do yourself, such as checking for any leaking fluids, having a car’s alignment checked by a professional is a smart bet. Additionally, getting tires rotated on a regular basis can ensure that the vehicle continues to perform in peak condition.

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Work with your providers to keep utilities down

Utility providers can help you with cost.

Utility providers can help you with cost.

Building managers know about the cost benefits that come with being energy efficient. However, it’s not necessarily their own staff that will be moving around utility carts to make the adjustments; you may need professionals from the provider.

According to Utility Dive, there needs to be a good relationship between utility users and providers in order to make sure that services are being used as efficiently as possible. In order to make certain adjustments, you need the expertise of professionals in the field who can make sure that efficiency is a top priority. The news provider suggests that this should be a top priority for anyone who is looking to reduce the amount they spend on utilities, and building managers who are used to large bills may want to consider extending the olive branch.

There are also things that your own maintenance staff can take a look at when they’re doing their rounds. According to U.S. News & World Report, you should always be on the lookout for leaks. Whether there are cracks in the foundation or a leaking sink, these minor issues can cause the costs to creep up. It may be small enough that you do not notice right away, but you could see a major change over time.

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Stay on top of building maintenance

Stay on track with building maintenance.

Stay on track with building maintenance.

Keeping up with building maintenance can help manage costs in the long run, and smart building managers will have a crew frequently surveying the structure with utility carts to see if there is anything that raises alarms. Even when trying to keep buildings in good condition, time can cause wear and tear, which is why frequent monitoring is important.

According to Facility Executive, having a preventative maintenance program in the building can go a long way. It should be a two-step process; the first of which is the inspection, where the maintenance crew assesses the structure to see if there are any issues and then the execution phase, which is used to take care of any problems.

The news provider reports that preventative maintenance can save both time and money, as letting the problem persist can lead to a more costly fix.

It’s not just the inside of the building that should receive routine checks; managers will also want to pay attention to any issues on the exterior. According to Buildings.com, roofs should be checked at least twice a year and anytime following a severe storm. Not only should maintenance crews check for any wear and tear, but they should keep the roofs clear of debris or anything that could be blocking drains.

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