DIY Maintenance vs Home Repairs and Maintenance Company


Maintaining a building seems like a simple task if you have never owned one before but once you are a building owner, repairs and maintenance are some of the most important issues you will handle. Partially because the building represents you and/or your business in some ways but also because there are a lot of safety issues that come into play when a building is not properly maintained.

DIY Maintenance

Most property owners hire an outside company to maintain their building and keep it up to codes and standards. Some owners, especially those with smaller buildings, choose to do most of the maintenance themselves and then hire outside companies on a case by case basis when there are building issues that they cannot maintain on their own. This is usually not recommended because if you already own a business it will usually spread you too thin to do the maintenance yourself. Also, because you are not a professional, there are a lot of important safety issues that may be overlooked and building codes that may not stay up to date. Do not let your reputation suffer simply because you are the DIY type, it is great you can fix things, but it is more important to make sure your business is operating professionally and meeting all the building safety requirements.


Hiring a Maintenance Company

If you do decide to hire a building repairs and maintenance company you should definitely make sure they are able to work with the size of building you have. The time schedule is also an important factor because they need to be ready and on call if an urgent issue happens. If they are not in the area of your building, you may want to consider a company in the same neighborhood at least.

Who you choose as a maintenance company says a lot about your business so be sure to do research and get referrals. A quality property maintenance company will cater to your business’ specific needs, check in regularly, do regular pre-emptive maintenance work as well as have a way to stay in close communication with you and your tenants (if you have leased or rented out spaces in your building).


Value Protection & Company Image

The biggest factors that need to be considered when it comes to building repairs and maintenance are the following:

• Building size – Based on how big the building(s) that you need to maintain are, this will determine the style of maintenance and the frequency of maintenance that must be done as well as many other factors. It also affects who can do the maintenance for you

• On-site staff – Depending on the size of your building and business, you will probably want to have at least a couple maintenance staff on-site at all times to be on call. They can also be expected to do pre-emptive maintenance checks that will keep things running smoothly and hopefully prevent more maintenance issues in the future

• Type of business – Depending on the type of business (es) in your building, you will need different types of maintenance. The onsite will not always be able to cover every issue if different complex systems are installed in the building.

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