Shopping Center Power Washing – The Challenge of Maintaining Curb Appeal

Shopping Center Power Washing – Time to Have A Good Look

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Have you done a thorough inspection your property recently? What would your first impression be at a glance?

When others look at it, especially tenants and customers they not only glance at the place, they actually interact with a variety of the property’s elements.

They judge the property based on it’s cleanliness (or lack thereof) and they are generally hard on properties that look dingy.

People don’t want to work in (or shop at) properties that don’t look good, so when someone has the impression that a property is not clean, they may want to work or shop elsewhere.

Some may even take to the internet to leave a bad review. This is a most unwelcome circumstance.

Could these be the consequences of a property that doesn’t look clean?

Shopping Center Power Washing – You Don’t Get a Second Chance

The important thing to remember is that first impressions cannot be changed and negative impressions are lasting. The ideal outcome is to create a positive impression on potential tenants and shoppers.

Also, if your property isn’t clean, neighbors may also complain. They don’t want to live near a dirty property and you don’t want to be have to deal with their negative feedback.

This can be avoided by regular maintenance and an investment in a power washing project by trained professionals.

It’s actually a small investment that will not only save you the stress of hearing complaints, but it could potentially bring more confident customers and tenants too.

More customers and tenants can follow because when people find something they like, they will tell others about it.

It’s amazing how striking the appearance of a shopping center or property looks once it undergoes a good cleaning.

Shopping Center Power Washing – A Challenging Project

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Because a project of this nature can be complicated, professionals can help get the job done right.

C & L Services has been in business since 1971 providing experienced professionals that can handle even the toughest power washing jobs.

C & L offers environment-friendly flat surface and wand pressure washing that will give your property a fresh, clean look.

Shopping Center Power Washing – The Three Elements of a Power Washing Project

There are three elements to successful power washing projects:

1. Planning
2. Preparation
3. Communication

1. Power Washing Planning
When planning a project, C & L Services will consider the following:

• Exterior Type
• Property size
• How much time is need for surface cleaning
• How many crew members will be needed
• Parking lot size
• Sidewalks and Walkways safety
• Sensitive surfaces
• Safety coordination
• Detergents to use
• Spray logistics
• Dumpster areas
• And more

2. Power Washing Preparation
Once the planning is complete, material and labor preparation is coordinated for:

Equipment parking
Operating hours and traffic safety
Personnel Management.
Quality evaluation

3. Power Washing Communication
This is the most important part of the project, communicating to tenants, shoppers, employees, and all affected parties.

Communicating the cleaning schedule and informing them what they can do to stay safe is one of the most critical (and sadly missed) elements of the power washing project.

Are you a Shopping Center owner or manager looking for skilled power washing experts?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services also include parking lot sweeping, pavement maintenance, garage scrubbing, and asphalt repairs.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your tenants happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center power washing.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – DIY (Do It Yourself) or Find a Partner?

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Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Temptation to Do Things Yourself

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Are you ready to do this shopping center maintenance work?

You just bought your first shopping center. You are deciding whether or not to handle the property maintenance yourself.

You could do it yourself, but here’s some things to think about:

1) Shopping Center maintenance requires experience and knowledge to take care of ongoing maintenance and potential unexpected issues.  Do you have the knowledge, experience and time to effectively maintain your property?

2) Do you have the cash needed for ongoing maintenance, including materials and extra labor?.

3) Did we mention time? The time you spend on the maintenance of you shopping center might take you away from other important management issues.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Partnering with the Professionals

Hire a professional property maintenance company to take care of the work for you. Here are the benefits that come with this choice.

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Portering (trash pickup and removal) – time consuming, but necessary.

1) You save a lot of time, especially when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Portering (trash pickup, trash removal, sweeping, etc) is done on schedule and by employees who are trained for the job.  Small maintenance issues are reported and resolved before they become larger (and more costly) issues.

Hiring someone to focus on regular maintenance helps keep you focused on other important property management tasks. Operations, leasing, communication all go more smoothly with the maintenance process handled by a professional maintenance company. Your maintenance company can deal with the maintenance issues, you as a property owner work on the business of managing the property.

2) Everyone has that “one” person that complains all the time. Shopping complexes get it too. Your maintenance company can respond to those issues.

3) What do you know about environmental and property maintenance regulations?  Although acquiring and owning a shopping center does have educational aspects, keeping up with local, state and federal regulations relating to environment and maintenance is usually not on property owner’s rader. These types of regulations are regularly reviewed by property maintenance professionals.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Path of Least Resistance

Hire a professional property maintenance company you trust to work with you. Hiring someone could save you time, money and stress.  Hiring someone who knows property maintenance, maintenance regulations and is committed to providing excellent work is an investment in your property.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Realistic Tips

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Shopping Center maintenance – Equipment and labor to do the job right.

1) There is a saying that cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap. Obtaining professional property maintenance does require a financial commitment, however it might be a small price to pay for peace of mind and tenant satisfaction.

2) Make sure you do a thorough background check on the company you hire. Some may not have all the resources you need to effectively manage your property.  Here’s a previous article we wrote to help you select the right company – Property Maintenance | This is the Checklist You Should Use

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Do You Need a Partner?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to shopping center owners, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweeping,  pavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center property maintenance.

 

Property Maintenance for Shopping Centers –  Are Bigger Shopping Centers Easier to Maintain?

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Focus On ROI

shopping center property maintenance-sweeping.comGetting a good ROI (return on investment) is usually a critical element when deciding whether to invest in a large or a small commercial property.

Property maintenance is one of the key factors impacting Roi so many investors assume that larger properties actually result in lower maintenance costs.

However larger properties also come with larger risks since they require larger tenants who need more space. Lose one of these larger tenants and ROI is negatively impacted.

Investing and the Property Maintenance Calculation

Smaller commercial properties and shopping centers usually have smaller maintenance budgets but on a percentage basis the cost of property maintenance is higher.

Smaller commercial properties and shopping centers still need portering, sweeping, painting, regular maintenance and repair, as well as the occasional emergency (just like the larger properties).   

The frequency of maintenance and the need for experts is the same whether the property is big or small. The cost for property maintenance must be built into the operating income for the property.

There are certain investor’s  who will pass investing in a small property because of maintenance costs, but they may be missing out on an opportunity because they’re placing too much attention on only one aspect of the investment.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Most Companies Don’t Need Large Spaces

90% of most businesses in the United States have less than 20 employees. So the  vast majority of the potential tenant market is looking for smaller space to operate..

Larger commercial properties look good in the spreadsheet’s bottom line, but smaller actually provides better opportunities and less risk.

Because there is a much larger pool of tennents, smaller stores and office spaces are easier to rent.  Small companies are also generally easier to communicate with since the business owners are more accessable.

Larger tenants have larger corporate entities to deal with. Also, if the larger organization decides to close a branch or division then this can leave a costly vacancy in your property. 

This vacancy can put a hole in the bottom line through a lengthy vacancy.  Finding a larger tenant for larger space is also a challenge because the tenant pool is smaller.

The property still needs to be maintained even if a store or office is vacant.   Revenue stops but the property maintenance costs continue.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Large or Small?

This is why in our opinion when it comes to shopping centers or office space, smaller is better.

Do you have a shopping center, office space or commercial property that needs expert property maintenance?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing pavement maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweeping, porteringpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your ROI stable.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for commercial property maintenance.

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