Shopping Center Maintenance – 3 Steps to Clean
If you’ve ever wanted to make a great first impression with your customers or tenants, then you’re reading the right article. That’s because you’re about to discover my easy 3-step method for keeping your parking lot clean.
And the good news is that this method works even if you have a small budget and a large parking lot. The only thing you’ll need to spend is a little time and attention. The end result is a cleaner parking lot (or overall property) with fewer and less costly maintenance issues
Shopping Center Maintenance – Time and Attention
Step 1: Schedule a brief inspection once a week
Many property owners don’t even realize how quickly time passes and how quickly a shopping center maintenance issue can occur. A neglected maintenance issue creates both a bad impression and tenant resentment.
Property owners have every intention of keeping their properties in good shape and want to provide good shopping center maintenance. However, the day-to-day urgency of business, people, and paperwork management pull their attention away from basic maintenance. Maintenance issues then pile up and get attention only when tenants get upset with the appearance of the property. Tenants are not shy about providing negative feedback.
So, the first thing you need to do is actually “time block” inspections every week.
You’ll can make this a habit if you apply these tips and tricks:
- Use an electronic calendar like Google Calendar or Outlook calendar
- Schedule the inspection for the least busy time of the week
- Set up an automated reminder to notify you the day before (or two days if you prefer) that the inspection is coming up
- Add an automated notification to your onsite property manager or maintenance vendor. This reminds them that you inspect regularly and may have maintenance that needs to be completed.
Step 2 – Set up an email template on your phone to capture maintenance items. Set the subject line: weekly parking lot maintenance – [inspection date]
Most people live in their email inboxes today. Email inboxes not only provide email notifications but also serve as task reminders.
When you see a shopping center maintenance item, add it to the email template. When you’ve finished your inspection, be sure to add all the maintenance items to the email.
When you’ve completed this step, then you can move on to the last step…
Step 3: Email the maintenance items to yourself and any other party who may have some maintenance responsibilities relating to your parking lot
You may not have the time to immediately provide corrective action, however, you will have noticed what needs maintenance and captured those items so you won’t forget them. These items are now on your “radar” for you to complete or delegate at the first opportunity. You also have a dated record of maintenance issues that you can search by date any time you need it.
The last thing you need to do is get items that need correction or maintenance to the party most responsible for completion.
Shopping Center Maintenance – A Little Diligence, Big Benefits
You see most maintenance items are simple to correct and can be maintained at a lower cost when consistent attention is placed on keeping the parking lot (and any other part of the property) clean and presentable. I’d have to say that most good shopping center maintenance is not due to money, it’s due to diligent attention.
Let us help you keep your parking lot clean. We offer shopping center maintenance services, diligent follow-up and consistent attention (we’re very attentive. Give us a call at Northern NJ, 908-730-7888 or Central NJ, 732-886-1940 and we’ll help make your shopping center maintenance as easy as 1-2-3).