A Building Maintenance Checklist

December 5, 2022 at 10:17 PM

One of the best ways to increase the value of your property is to ensure that the appropriate preventative measures are routinely taken to maintain its structure and visual appeal. For strata corporations, this regular maintenance plan could include landscaping, pressure washing common areas, painting the exterior and interior spaces, and deep cleaning. When the time comes to prepare annual budgets, it is important to conduct the inspections needed to address existing and pre-existing issues that can impact the life of the building.

Mid-year pressure washing

The exterior of our buildings and complexes take a beating through the winter. As mildew and dirt build up, an unsightly grime covers critical areas and if it is not maintained, it can get out of control quickly. An annual pressure wash will help maintain the curb appeal of the building and prevent the mildew from attacking the protective coatings and keep other common areas such as pathways and concrete walls free from unsightly stains. This can make a major difference in improving the overall cleanliness and appeal of the building, thus increasing the value to new buyers and renters.

Seasonal Landscaping

Have you ever been on someone’s property and noticed how uninviting it can feel if the yard was messy and unkept? Aside from the enjoyment of being around beautiful living spaces, other benefits include increased value, curb appeal, bringing in fresh and clean oxygen to the environment, raising the overall quality of the neighbourhood and improving the emotional and social well-being of the people inhabiting the space. There is an unspoken feeling of serenity and positive energy as you take a stroll through an area with beautiful landscaping.

Deep Cleaning

While it may not sound as harmonious as landscaping, regular deep cleaning and scrubbing in areas such as stairwells, garbage rooms, and hallways are equally crucial. These tasks should be scheduled routinely throughout the year.

Painting – Exterior and Interior

Last but not least, one of the most critical maintenance tasks to prioritize is ensuring that the paint and coating of the building are kept in prime condition. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in making the building look newer and well-maintained. More importantly, the process of replacing the old paint can help identify issues such as metal corrosion, wood rot, water damage, concrete erosion, and other pressing problems that can potentially cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix down the road. Although completing the task may seem daunting at first, there are companies that can help. Hiring a third-party inspection company to do a walk-through of the building will ensure that all the necessary steps are taken in the repainting process to improve the building’s overall structure and longevity.

Inspec Consulting Inc.

Inspec Consulting Services Inc. is a recognized leader in the paint and coating industry. We specialize in third-party quality assurance inspections and consultations within the commercial and stratified residential space. Our MPI-certified Coatings Specialists have over 50 years of combined experience in providing quality inspections and reporting that strictly adhere to NACE and MPI Industry Standards. We provide services for strata councils, property management firms, and architectural and engineering professionals in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

We offer a proprietary paint and coatings assessment known as the IPASS (Inspec Paint Assessment Support Service) that can address the current conditions of all paintable or coated surfaces in the building and tell you exactly what requires maintenance work. We work for you by ensuring that you will only pay for what needs to be done and nothing more.

Contact us today for a free quotation on an IPASS for your property.

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