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Get your offices outdoor spaces ready to impress clients and customers
With a very hard winter finally out of the way, now is the time to inspect and review the exterior spaces around your commercial premises. On first glance, things may appear to be perfectly normal however, on closer inspection there could be a number of winter related exterior landscaping damages or problem areas to repair or evaluate to ensure they do not become bigger headaches later on.
Even if the issues may only appear to be cosmetic, it pays to make a good impression on visitors to your premises and with good, regularly maintenance, you’ll limit the time and expense required to make major repairs to any areas that have deteriorated too far.
Follow the following 7 tips to help you stay on top of your exterior hard landscaped areas:
Firstly, you’ll need to scan the perimeters of your premises for obvious signs of wear, tear or damage. Don’t just look from a distance. Make sure you look closely at areas that could easily have succumbed to weather related damage.
Whether its a few broken pot plants, pavement slabs or steps, deteriorating brickwork, mortar and pointing, debris or developing holes in areas that could cause a potential hazard, it all starts to add up.
Some issues may simply be a few unsightly weeds and moss developing on walkways, structures and surfaces. Or you may have found some shrubs or trees have become uprooted or damaged during storms and inclement weather.
With a pen and notepad at hand, you’ll soon discover that one winter is all it takes to make a long list of damages to your prized business premises.
List & Prioritise
Once you have a complete list of issues noted down, make a list that prioritises each of them by urgency.
Problems areas that pose a potential health hazard or danger to public safety must take precedence, whilst areas that look to be structural damage or deterioration shouldn’t be put off for too long to prevent worsening. Anything cosmetic can be dealt with once you are satisfied all other pressing matters have been addressed and resolved.
If you do not already have any form of planned maintenance schedule in place, then perhaps now is the time to implement one.
Simple tasks such as regular grass cutting and trimming of shrubs, hedgerows and borders are all problems that seem to accelerate out of control during the warmer months, as the growth rate increases dramatically. Grass cuttings, leaves and debris also starts to build up and will need blowing and collecting to make your outdoor areas look clean and pristine. Clearly jobs like regular landscaping can be outsourced to a specialist contractor who can visit your premises and take care of these matters as and when required.
You may also find that piles of leaves and debris that had fallen during the previous autumn and winter months did not biodegrade and need to be removed in hard to reach places. A build up of fallen foliage along rooftops, gutters and hidden corners will encourage mould and moss growth which will spoil your hard landscaped areas and lessen your buildings curb appeal to visitors and clients, not to mention increase your repair bills over time.