The exterior of your property is your building’s chance at a first impression, and it says a lot about how a building and strata are run. Aside from helping to preserve property value, a well-kept exterior signals to potential tenants or buyers that the building has been maintained, is occupied by reliable residents, and is a safe place to live. On the other hand, a neglected exterior can have the opposite effect; not only will it reduce the value of the structure, but an unkempt building will often attract the wrong kind of residents, further detracting from property value and quality of life.
An investment in strata maintenances services can help to ensure the continued profitability of your building and the quality of life enjoyed by its tenants. When choosing strata maintenance services, it is important to consider your property’s needs and to find a suitable company that can meet them. Larger buildings and townhome complexes require a massive amount of manpower and the right tools in order to provide effective strata maintenance services. The choice should therefore hinge on the quality of the services and not solely on price.
What Services are Included in the Contract?
Firstly, there should absolutely be a detailed contract written out and signed by both parties before agreeing to hire a strata maintenance company, this way any confusion as to what services are included can be avoided. A well established, professional contractor should be able to accommodate most common strata maintenance services, including:
An accurate cost estimate should also be outlined in the contract, as well as any services that may result in additional charges. Depending on the size of your property, annual costs for strata maintenance services could run into the tens of thousands of dollars, so it’s best to not leave anything to chance.
Do they have Business Insurance?
Even with care, accidents can sometimes happen in the course of regular maintenance work. However whether or not a strata maintenance company has insurance will dictate who is responsible for the damages. Do not make the mistake of hiring an uninsured contactor in the hopes of small savings, only to fall victim to a large insurance claim in the event that the unforeseen occurs.
Do the Staff and Vehicles have a Professional Appearance?
This may seem like a small detail, but for properties that have significant landscaping and maintenance needs, the contractors may be at your property for hours at a time every week. Hiring a company with a clean, professional appearance helps to give residents a sense of security when multiple employees are walking around the property and also helps to maintain a professional appearance to your property.