Damage Contractors: What You Need to Know

For many years, I had no idea what a damage contractor even was. However, all that changed when a pan of hot oil caught fire in my kitchen and set fire to my house. Half of the property was completely destroyed by the fire but thankfully, my family made it out OK. Once the fire service had finished doing what they needed to do, I called in a team of damage contractors who helped to clean up the property and to demolish the parts which could not be saved. I have since rebuilt the house on the same plot of land.

Commercial Property Maintenance Tips


Proper property maintenance is the easiest way to maintain the appeal of your commercial development. Most property owners underestimate the benefits of conducting regular repairs. Over time, they experience a high tenant turnover since the building has defective systems that make tenants and their clients affordable. In the long run, the owner incurs hefty fines from the local council and significant property renovation costs. You can avoid this by making property maintenance an ongoing activity from the moment tenants move into the property. This guide contains several property maintenance tips. 

Work With An Experienced Contractor

Property owners might not have the experience and time required to maintain commercial properties. As such, you should hire a contractor to conduct the maintenance works. Below are some tips to help you find a property maintenance contractor: 

  • Assess the contractor's portfolio and visit some of their sites to ensure they have the experience needed to maintain the property.
  • Examine the contractor's availability. A contractor who is too busy might not have the time needed to conduct regular inspections and repairs.
  • What maintenance works does the contractor offer? Consider contractors that can perform landscaping, electrical, plumbing, painting and utility maintenance works.
  • The contractor should have friendly terms. For instance, they should give a few months' notice before terminating the contract. Additionally, they must have adequate insurance coverage. 

Create A Property Maintenance Schedule

Ask the contractor to send a property maintenance proposal. The document will help you examine their expertise. Besides, it will determine how much you will pay the contractor. Typically, a maintenance schedule details the required inspections and the frequency at which they will maintain the various amenities. In most cases, the contractor uses the building occupancy to determine the maintenance schedule. For instance, a commercial building with 100% occupancy will require frequent maintenance than a 50% occupancy. The contractor will also help you develop some cost-saving strategies. For instance, you could hold tenants liable for intentional damage or improper use of the various amenities.

Evaluate Local Laws When Conducting Renovations 

Renovations help improve the functionality of the building. For example, you might decide to build a swimming pool or install a modern entrance to increase the appeal of the building. While you own the property and the land it sits on, you should assess local regulations to establish whether you require renovation permits. Besides, the local council could prohibit improvements that affect the use of easements, the privacy or functionality of neighbouring buildings.

Commercial property maintenance tips include working with an experienced contractor, creating a maintenance schedule and assessing local laws when renovating the property. 


19 January 2022