Spring Commercial Maintenance Tips: After the Thaw

The change of the season is the perfect time to take stock of your commercial property, checking for damage from winter storms and preparing your building and grounds for the spring and summer months to come. 

Even though this hasn’t been the harshest of winters, it’s still important to give your commercial property a thorough inspection and take care of any issues you find right away. From tuning up your HVAC system to landscaping tasks and other improvements, now is the time to tackle the projects that will keep your building looking and functioning at its best. 

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To help you prepare for the warmer season ahead, the team at APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties has compiled our best spring commercial maintenance tips. Add these items to your to-do list this spring!

The Importance of Seasonal Maintenance for Commercial Properties

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As we know well in this part of the country, the snow, ice, and high winds of winter can wreak havoc on a commercial building. Winter storms can damage roofs, siding, planting beds, signage, and more. Plus, near-constant use of your HVAC system can cause wear and tear that needs to be addressed.

That’s why it’s so important to perform routine seasonal maintenance on your commercial building and grounds.

After the spring thaw, take time to assess any damage from the winter as well as potential safety issues. Taking care of damage and performing preventive maintenance will help keep your building and grounds looking great and running smoothly — and keep your tenants comfortable and happy!

Exterior Commercial Building Maintenance Tips

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Each spring, take some time to examine the exterior of your building. Keep an eye out for potential problem areas, including structural issues like cracks in the building’s foundation, as well as siding and roof damage. Remove debris from your roof and have any damage repaired promptly. Check your drainage system to ensure it isn’t blocked by debris that could cause flooding. 

Review your building’s safety features as well. Ensure all exterior lighting and any security systems are in good working order. Make sure wheelchair ramps or lifts are sound.

Spring is also a great time to power wash your building’s exterior, removing all remnants of dirt and grime left by winter’s storms.

Grounds and Landscaping Maintenance Tips

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While you’re at it, take a walk around your property to clean up trash and other debris and make a list of needed landscaping projects. Some projects you might consider doing this spring include:

  • Pruning trees, shrubs, and perennials
  • Prepping flower beds by edging, clearing weeds, and applying a fresh layer of mulch
  • Repairing damage to your lawn, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Fertilizing your lawn and gardens
  • Repairing any leaks, blockages, or other damage to your irrigation system
  • Power washing walkways
  • Repairing damage to asphalt in parking areas and repainting lines as needed

Interior Spring Commercial Maintenance Tips

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Inside your building, check all major systems, including HVAC, water heaters, fire alarms, sprinklers, and sump pumps. Clean or replace your HVAC air filter as well. Look for signs of water leaks or damage, especially near the roof or in the basement, and have repairs made promptly. 

Make sure your air conditioning system is tuned up and ready for the hot, humid summer days to come. Keeping your HVAC system maintained not only improves indoor air quality and makes your building more comfortable for your tenants, it also helps improve energy efficiency, saving you money on electric bills.

Preparing for Summer

As you take stock of all areas of your commercial property, you’re bound to run into repairs or other projects that require professional expertise. Now is a great time to schedule any specialists (builders, HVAC specialists, plumbers, electricians) you’ll need to complete those projects.

Once you’ve made or scheduled all necessary repairs, you can start to look ahead to summer. Do your future self a favor by preparing now for any services you’ll need this summer, including professional landscaping and window washing. Call your service providers to get on their schedule now so you’re not left in the lurch when you need them.

We hope this list helps you get your commercial properties ready for the warm summer months to come!

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