Be smart about your building maintenance schedule to stop aging

Keep the aging process in control.

Keep the aging process in control.

No matter how much you try to keep up with maintenance, as a building ages it experiences the cracks, dust, buildup and rust. Building managers need to be on top of this, particularly if they’re in charge of buildings that are on the older side. It’s critical to make sure that problems do not get too out of hand and become extremely costly.

According to the Cooperator New York, it’s important to clean a building’s façade so you can see exactly how dirty it’s become. The news provider reports that people often do not realize just how much dirt and grime has built up overtime until the façade has been cleaned. How often you should send out your crews with cleaning carts can depend, according to the source, because while a little buildup can hide some other problems, it actually expedites the building’s aging.

You have to be smart about your maintenance schedule, as Area Development reports that effective management can help do a lot with a tight budget. You want to keep your building in the best condition possible without wasting resources. This is why addressing small problems before they become too costly can be a big savings in the long run.

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Keep up with the latest building maintenance trends

Are you up on maintenance?

Are you up on maintenance?

Building maintenance is a top priority for any manager, as they look to keep the structure intact and all equipment and other operational needs running. By letting maintenance fall behind, it could not only be costly for the building manager to fix the problem, but in some cases it could be beyond repair. It takes more than having a crew with cleaning carts doing a once-over, you should make sure that your building inspection team has the experience necessary to spot any easy-to-miss issues that could be piling up. However, there are innovations happening to make the job easier.

According to Westchester Magazine, more building managers are looking into sustainable solutions in their buildings that not only help the environment, but also keep things clean without the harshest chemicals. This can keep things from breaking down and wearing quicker. Additionally, the source reports that there have also been improvements to lighting that keeps bulbs burning without wasting as much energy.

Facility Executive reports preventative maintenance can also help. Don’t just think about the building’s interior. The exterior structure and the roof can face major, costly problems. By addressing issues before they become too big, preventative maintenance can save both time and money in the long run.

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Now’s the time to spring clean your office

Have you set aside time for spring cleaning?

Have you set aside time for spring cleaning?

Now that spring is in full swing, have you had your building maintenance crew load up the cleaning carts and spruce up some things you may have missed during the dark winter months? It’s important to make spring cleaning a priority, but it’s all about finding the time to do it. The task doesn’t have to be overbearing if you approach it in an incremental stage.

According to CBS Chicago, you’ll first want to focus on common rooms. Because germs can be prevalent during the winter season, the news provider reports that a deep clean can help get rid of any lingering bacteria that may have been spread. This can keep productivity levels up as workers have less of a chance of making each other sick. Also consider keeping disinfecting wipes around heavily trafficked areas, such as kitchens and break rooms, so people can work together to stop germs in their tracks.

Forbes suggests another way to tackle cleaning on an incremental basis is to divide the office setting into different zones. By setting aside specific areas to do certain tasks, whether it’s holding meetings or having downtime, making the office space more of a community can help spread any clutter that may have been building up.

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Make energy adjustments now, save later

Energy adjustments could save money in the bottom line.

Energy adjustments could save money in the bottom line.

Are you making energy efficiency a part of your priorities this year? Having professionals go through your building with maintenance carts filled with tools can be a wise investment in the long-term. While you might be paying to make the adjustments at the outset, the payoff will be big in the long run. If you’re considering it, you’re not alone.

According to Utility Dive, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies are making their own plans to cut down on their energy usage. While there are professionals who can help advise during the transition, many of these organizations are choosing to take it in-house in an effort to save even more money.

The source reports that companies are trying to increase their clean energy efforts while reducing their overall operating costs. Being smart about energy consumption can go a long way for a business’s bottom line.

According to Energy Star, with prices not expected to drop anytime soon, making efficiency improvements can not only reduce your business’s total use, but this means that it will help keep costs down. You won’t be surprised by a big energy bill every month. For example, the source points out that for a 500,000 square building, the energy cost savings alone was $120,000 cumulative.

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Staying on top of routine maintenance is advantageous

How often do you perform equipment maintenance?

How often do you perform equipment maintenance?

How often are you taking material handling carts around filled with equipment and tending to machinery? Routine maintenance can help save you a lot of money in the long run, because it helps extend machinery life and can help prevent a problem from becoming so severe that it’s too costly. However, you need to have a strong plan in place in order to ensure that people are keeping up with the maintenance routine and focusing on the right things.

According to Fleet Equipment Magazine, even if you aren’t the best about routine maintenance, the number one mistake you can’t make is trying to stretch your resources. For example, if you see the tires are starting to go on certain pieces of equipment, replace them as soon as you see the problem. Trying to get more wear out of them will only worsen the situation and could have you paying major repair costs.

There is also timing involved in routine maintenance. Science Direct suggests working routine maintenance into a product cycle, so you know exactly when is the best time within your production to make any adjustments, rather than delaying the supply chain. This can help your operation run smoothly and improve production by preventing any issues.

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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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