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Commercial Property Maintenance and Care Tips

Commercial building property maintenance

You can prevent breakdowns and major unexpected repair expenses for your commercial property. With regular property maintenance, inspections, and care, you can keep your property functioning at its peak while maintaining a pristine appearance year-round.

domestic-construction.com gathered information on commercial property maintenance and provides pro care tips for property managers and owners.

Roofing Maintenance and Care for Commercial Buildings

The roof over your structure should keep the outside elements outside. Thus, protecting the structure, the assets within it, and its occupants. According to Atlanta Commercial Roofing Contractors, whether your roof is brand new or requires maintenance, the following steps should be taken:

Establish a starting point by having the roof inspected. Contract a professional roofing contractor to evaluate the integrity of the following:

Commercial building roofing maintenance and services

• Roofing material
• Flashing
• Drains
• Gutters
• Penetrations
• Walkways
• Equipment
• Load capacity

Make sure that you are provided with written and digital (photo/video) documentation of the roof’s condition and needed repairs. This documentation serves to hold your roofing contractor responsible for their work or lack thereof.

Tip: You can extend the life of your roofing system by several years with a maintenance program. This program should include two inspections/evaluations per year, and both light and medium repairs.

Tree Maintenance and Care for Commercial Properties

If the landscape around your commercial building includes trees, their maintenance is of the utmost importance. The last thing you need is for a diseased, dying or dead tree to fall on your building.

To keep your trees in good health, contract a professional tree service to provide the following:

Commercial building tree maintenance and services

• Annual tree and landscape inspections
• Tree mulching and fertilization
• Tree pruning in the fall
• Crown thinning when needed
• Disease and infestation treatment
• Tree removal when necessary
• Emergency tree removal for dangerous or fallen trees

Treatment and/or tree removal should be considered immediately upon the detection of an infestation or disease to avoid spreading it to other trees or neighboring properties.

Tip: A tree’s best defense is its health. By ensuring your trees are watered, mulched, fertilized, and pruned correctly, you are giving them most of what they require to thrive.

Plumbing Maintenance and Care for Commercial Buildings

Avoid plumbing malfunctions, potential flooding, and expensive repairs by doing preventative plumbing maintenance, and having your entire plumbing system checked annually for the following:

Commercial building plumbing services

• Leaks
• High/Low water pressure
• Clogged Drains
• Dripping faucets
• Malfunctioning toilets
• Defective/Worn hot water hoses

Between inspections, any signs of leaking pipes, connections, or faulty appliances should be addressed immediately. Some of those signs include:

• Discolored streaks down the wall
• Wet spots on the ceiling or wall
• Pooling water on the floor around or beneath appliances or water connections
• Slow drainage in sinks and toilets
• Constant hissing sound in the wall

Water leaks can cause immense and catastrophic flooding if left unchecked, including severe structural damage to the building and its amenities.

HVAC Maintenance and Care for Commercial Buildings

Climate control within commercial buildings requires machinery that must operate throughout the entire day, every day. Depending on the nature of the business, that machinery may need to function 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Commercial HVAC systems should receive service/maintenance on a biannual basis at a minimum. Additional service that focuses on specific aspects of the system can improve efficiency and reduce operational costs, including:

Commercial building HVAC unit

• Checking thermostat settings
• Lubrication of all moving parts
• Tightening all electrical connections
• Inspection of the condensation drain
• Inspect and test the controls of the system

The heating system should be serviced every fall before the unit’s most significant time of use. The unit’s cooling system should be serviced in the spring.

Tip: When servicing the HVAC unit, have the building’s exhaust/ventilation system evaluated as well. This is also a perfect time to have all air filters replaced throughout your building.

Alarm and Evacuation Tests for Commercial Buildings

Depending on the municipality your commercial building is located in, you may be required to have your fire alarms inspected and conduct evacuation drills one or more times per year. During an evacuation drill, the Fire Marshall will likely conduct an inspection of your building looking for the following:

Commercial property safety equipment

• Are your fire extinguishers current with their inspection date?
• Are your fire alarms up to code and properly inspected?
• Are your building’s exits free of obstruction and functioning properly?
• Are your exit signs functioning properly?
• Do your emergency lights activate and function properly?
• Is there a Knox box outside of your building? (This box contains keys to the building for emergency services)
• Are the building’s electrical panels easy to access and unobstructed?
• Are you within the building’s occupant load or maximum capacity? (This violation can carry severe penalties)
• Are your sprinklers, valves, and control systems in good condition and unobstructed?
• Are extension cords being appropriately used throughout your business?
• Is your evacuation plan updated, tested, and approved by the Fire Marshall?

Tip: Designate one of your managers to create a fire and hazard safety team to conduct monthly inspections and corrections. By creating this team, you are proactively keeping your building aligned with local ordinances and safety codes.

Maintenance and Care for Commercial Property

In this article, you discovered valuable information and pro tips about commercial property maintenance and care.

By contracting outside service providers to keep your building, amenities, and landscape operating at peak performance, you are preventing small issues from developing into significant problems.

By neglecting routine maintenance on your commercial property, you are leaving yourself exposed to machinery failure, plumbing issues, structural damages, among other expensive repairs and potential code violations.

Sources:
energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling/maintenance_checklist
permapier.com/blog/7-commercial-property-maintenance-tips/
fireline.com/blog/fire-marshall-look-inspection/

Renovate vs. Remodel – What’s The Difference

difference of remodeling and renovating your property

Avoid being assessed penalties and fines when you want to renovate or remodel your property. By knowing the difference and implications of renovating vs. remodeling, you can make informed decisions when it’s time to upgrade your property.

domestic-construction.com gathered the following information to help you determine whether you need to remodel or renovate and what each one entails.

The Definition of Renovate

To renovate a room, house, or building is the process of restoring it to a good state of repair. During a renovation, rooms and other spaces maintain their structure and essential purpose. The following are activities that may take place during a renovation:

contractor replacing hardwood floors

• Refinishing walls and/or ceilings
• Painting
• Structural repairs
• Carpeting or flooring repairs and replacement

Renovation can be defined as restoring or repairing an existing structure without altering the function of the space being renovated.

The Definition of Remodel

To remodel a room, house, or building is the process of improving, transforming, or altering the purpose of the existing layout and design of that space. The following activities may occur during a remodel:

wood studs during home bedroom remodel

• Transforming a garage into a bedroom
• Making a bedroom into a home office
• Relocating a sink or toilet to optimize bathroom space
• Adding wheelchair access features to entryways
• Structural changes

While a renovation keeps the existing structure and purpose, a remodel changes or transforms it into something else.

Which Is Cheaper – A Renovation or A Remodel?

Typically, a renovation is much cheaper than a remodel. Here’s why:

Renovations – A renovation in many cases can occur as a DIY project or one that requires little material or labor.

roofing contractor performing roof replacement

Roof replacements are very expensive and considered a renovation project because the design and function are not changed. Permits are required, however, since the poor installation of a roof can cause significant damage to the property’s structure.

Another example of an expensive renovation requiring a permit is the replacement of rotting wood within the structure of the property. Since the purpose of the structure is not being altered, this is considered a renovation.

Remodeling – Remodeling projects are much more involved, as they may include changing the physical structure of the property. When remodeling, wiring, ductwork, and plumbing must often be reconfigured to serve the new layout/format of the structure. The following are expenses that increase the cost of a remodel:

floor plan blueprint for a home remodel

• Professional labor (Always verify the credentials of contractors)
• Higher material cost
• Permit application fees
• Creation of new (updated) blueprints and floor plan

Remodeling almost always requires that you apply for a permit while renovating seldom does. An example of a renovation requiring a permit is a roof replacement.

Tip: Before beginning any renovation or remodeling project, evaluate the cost by getting quotes from contractors or researching material costs. With this knowledge, you can spread projects out over time (according to your budget) and avoid incomplete or unfinished work.

Pros And Cons of Renovations And Remodels

While gaining extra space or updating your property may seem like an excellent investment, there are some pros and cons to take into consideration:

Pros of Renovating:

new fixtures in kitchen renovation

• Updated appearance
• Fix structural problems
• Updated fixtures
• Inexpensive (in most cases)
• Many renovations can be DIY projects
• Can increase curb appeal
• May increase the value of your property
• Renovations are generally tax-deductible

Cons of Renovating:

• Most renovations are cosmetic in nature and may hide more significant issues
• Some renovations can come close to, or equal the property value (roof replacement and extensive structural damage repair)
• Increasing your property value may cause property insurance premiums to increase

Pros of Remodeling:

• You get to reconfigure or redesign your space the way you want
• If you create office or workspace, this new or repurposed space may qualify as a business tax write-off
• May increase the value of your property
• Most remodeling projects are tax-deductible

Cons of Remodeling:

home building permit for remodeling

• Can be substantially more expensive than a renovation
• Almost always requires a building or construction permit
• Construction may last for weeks (or longer in some cases)
• Increasing your property value may cause property insurance premiums to increase

Note: If your intent is to increase your property value, beware of the investment you make. In the majority of renovations and remodels, the increase in property value is substantially less than the amount invested in the upgrade.

Tip: Hire a property appraiser to inspect and evaluate your property’s value before renovating or remodeling. Then inquire about which areas of property improvement offer the best ROI (Return On Investment). With this information, you can prioritize which projects to invest in.

Tip: Visit your city’s website or call them to inquire about their permitting procedure and application cost.

Renovate or Remodel

decide to remodel or renovate your property

In this article, you discovered differences between a renovation and a remodel, their financial implications, and their pros and cons.

By knowing the difference between a renovation and a remodel, you can better communicate with and direct the work of contractors working on your property.

When you initiate a project including remodeling without knowing what is needed, you may be subjecting yourself to substantial penalties and fines imposed by your city’s building authority.

Sources:
consumerreports.org/home-improvement/home-renovation-without-aggravation/
bobvila.com/articles/renovation-vs-remodel/
realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/renovation-vs-remodel-definition

Happy Hearts Fund Mexico

interior decor structureDec 2012

For the Happy Hearts Fund Land of Dreams: Mexico Gala, Domestic Construction transformed the space to allow guests to experience the sights of Mexico. Featuring a Chichen Itza, a jungle, a Mexican classroom, a replica of the underwater sculpture museum in Cancun, and a replica of the Soumaya Museum; it was an incredible and unique event. If you plan to replicate this install outdoors, bring these must have landscaping tools, you will need them for this install.

New York, NY

Happy Hearts Fund
http://www.happyheartsfund.org/

Event Produced by Empire Entertainment
http://www.empireentertainment.com/

Allison Chomer pattern

Allison ChomerAug 2012

Domestic Construction designed a pattern exclusively for fashion designer Allison Chomer’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

New York, New York

http://allisonchomer.com/

Northside Festival Installation

festival exterior designJun 2012

For the Northside Festival in Williamsburg, Domestic Construction created this colorful installation, which hung above the streets of the festival.

Brooklyn, New York

http://www.northsidefestival.com

Tennessee Williams Weekend

tennessee event constructionJun 2012

Domestic Construction hosted and helped create the set for “This Property is Condemned,” a weekend of Tennessee Williams theater put on by The Pedestrians. The shows took place in design.plot.

218 India Street
Brooklyn, New York

https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-pedestrians-a-collective-in-motion/29…

Langhorne Slim music video

stage constructionMay 2012

Domestic Construction created this rustic boxing ring set for Langhorne Slim’s music video “The Way We Move.” Everyone had a blast shooting the video in our studio!

Check out the video here:

For more info about the band visit: http://www.langhorneslim.com/

Video directed by Maria Gigante
Director of Photography: Steve Ware
Editor: Lawrence Kim
Set Design and Art Direction: Domestic Construction

Filmed at: Domestic Construction
218 India Street
Brooklyn, New York

For more info on using Domestic Construction as a location for your production email us at: thegirls@domestic-construction.com

mtv tr3s upfront

interior built structureMay 2012

Domestic Construction was called on to style an event for MTV Tr3s. In collaboration with Empire Entertainment and Capital Scenic, the space was transformed into a festive Latin experience, complete with a taco stand, dulce shop, and a Chiva bus.

New York, New York

http://www.empireentertainment.com/
http://www.capitalscenic.com

design.plot

landscaping frameMay 2012

Domestic Construction has been keeping busy with our ongoing project: design.plot. We’re turning this formerly empty lot into a community garden and event space. Design.plot is open to the community for farming workshops, film screenings, art exhibitions, and pure enjoyment.

You can continue to follow the growth of design.plot here and on facebook

hand dyed wedding

interior custom dyed decorApr 2012

There is nothing we love more than helping to create an event that celebrates the heart, family, and the future. A wedding is a day like no other, and when someone in our family gets engaged we immediately start dreaming of how to make it special!

For Trish’s sister Carrie’s wedding DC headed down south with bags packed full of hand dyed fabrics, wedding goodies, and excitement! All of our family and friends then joined the DC crew and helped to cut, tie, and wrap to create an earthy, festive world for Carrie and Joseph’s big day. It was truly the day of love we had been dreaming of for months!

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Design/Fabrication/Florals: Domestic Construction
Photos: Chia and Hon Photography: http://www.chiaandhon.com/
Save the Dates/Invites: Cleanwash Letterpress: http://www.cleanwashletterpress.com/

hayseed’s big city farm store

custom shed constructionApr 2012

In collaboration with Brooklyn Grange and Brooklyn Homesteader, Domestic Construction launched and built this pop-up farm shop in our studio. In addition to selling farm and garden supplies, there are weekend workshops, classes, and events running from April through June.

Come visit us:
218 India Street
Brooklyn, New York

Hayseed’s Big City Farm Store: http://bigcityfarmsupply.com/
Brooklyn Grange: http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/
Brooklyn Homesteader: http://brooklynhomesteader.com/

Grounded

flooring matsMar 2011

grounded: a unique flooring alternative

each mat is digitally dyed with an original hand cut paper design from the girls

please visit our construction shop for more product info:

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