Commercial property, whether leased or occupied by the owner, requires special care and maintenance. As with most building ownership, staying ahead of the game is best. Protect your commercial property by keeping it secure and safe, and you’ll have less of a chance of being caught off guard by surprise issues.
Locks and Security
This goes without saying: your commercial property needs protection. Consult with a professional to put a security system in place. Take advantage of any training they offer for the system. Never try to cut corners by choosing a cheap locking system. You get what you pay for, so use only the best. Good locks last a long time, so the investment will be worth it. Installing locks and a security system is your first step in protecting your commercial property.
Understand where your commercial property sits. A surveyor can help you with this. Floodplains aren’t always obvious to the naked eye. One torrential downpour, and your commercial property might cost you a lot of money.
If you find that your property is in a floodplain or that excess water pools near the property, the next step is proper surface drainage. With the right drainage system in place, you’ll rest easy when heavy rains or snowfalls come. A professional drainage company will know what best suits your property.
Fire strikes without warning. A commercial property needs more than smoke detectors. Invest in a fire protection system such as a sprinkler system so that your building and the people in it have a better chance of survival. Your security system company may also offer fire protection.
Many investors live far away from the properties they own. Still, it’s necessary to make trips as often as possible to see and walk through your commercial property. No news isn’t necessarily always good news. It’s your property—you need to see how everything is going.
Besides keeping track of how the everyday activity in your commercial building is going, if your property is vacant, then your visits are even more important. Do what you can to make the property look active to deter vandals.
In conclusion, it’s possible to protect your commercial property. It simply requires a plan and the foresight to stop issues before they have a chance to begin. Keep the property secure and safe and enjoy your investment for years to come.