When the cold weather kicks in, your building's needs and responsibilities will change, here’s what to look out for. 

1.    Heating

 

You will be using a lot of this during the winter, whether its to make the workplace a better environment for your staff or to keep materials at room temperature. If you haven’t a heating system in place or haven’t had, it checked recently, before winter sets in we would highly recommend that you have a reliable source of heating. Your employees work better when the office environment is bearable, the same also applies to landlords; you need to ensure all plumbing work is sufficient for your tenants. If you are renting out a property, provide you have had the boiler serviced, and the pressure checked for your radiators. 

2.   Airflow

 

You will be using a lot of this during the winter, whether its to make the workplace a better environment for your staff or to keep materials at room temperature. If you haven’t a heating system in place or haven’t had, it checked recently, before winter sets in we would highly recommend that you have a reliable source of heating. Your employees work better when the office environment is bearable, the same also applies to landlords; you need to ensure all plumbing work is sufficient for your tenants. If you are renting out a property, provide you have had the boiler serviced, and the pressure checked for your radiators. 

3.  Floor maintenance

 

Both inside and outside floors need to be carefully maintained during winter. Firstly, you will need to make sure you prepare for wet surfaces, with your employees bringing in snow and sleet, if you have a smooth surface, you will need to set up ‘wet floor’ signs to prevent accidents. You also need to make sure the workplace is cleaned thoroughly, with snow and mud coming into the office, to keep your cleanliness at its best, we would recommend ensuring that your cleaning facilities are active. 

 

For landlords and facility managers alike, the roads and walkways surrounding your property need to be carefully managed. Ice is a nuisance during the winter, and it is also one of the most important conditions to keep aware of. To meet health and safety regulations, you should ensure that you thoroughly grit your roads, car parks and pathways, this will prevent visitors and residents from slipping over.  Preventing falling accidents is a significant precaution, it is more than necessary that you prioritise this matter during the winter. 

4.  Building Repair

 

To prepare for the winter, you will need to consider inspecting your property and taking note of what needs to be replaced or repaired. If you’re a facility manager for a large corporation, you will need to plan and carry out a complete inspection of the property, ensuring that everything is functioning correctly inside and out. This includes testing the performance of your electric, plumbing, air conditioning and cleanliness. As for landlords, you will need to find a facility manager to test your electrics, central heating and carry out legionella checks. Furthermore, roof leaks will need to be fixed and doors, guttering and windows should be repaired to eliminate drafts and allow the property to perform to the expected standards. 

5.  Allow more light inside

 

 As winter approaches, employees may start working before the sun rises and will finish just as the sun sets; therefore we openly suggest improving the amount of natural light that enters your property. Keeping your employees awake will motivate them to perform better, and this will prove beneficial to the performance of your business. 

Business owners and landlords tend to panic and confuse priorities once winter approaches, that is why we highly recommend seeking a facility manager. We are experienced in the trade and have dealt with all kinds of issues and resolved them most efficiently. Taking care of your building and your employees/tenants during the winter can be challenging, however, by following this blog and the help of a facility management team, you can guarantee a safe and secure building all throughout winter.

Winter has a significant impact on how we go about our lives; it also has a massive effect on the roles and responsibilities of business owners and landlords from all different kind of industries. The cold can cause dramatic changes and sometimes, problematic situations which need to be prepared for early on. PPVS help business owners and landlords by providing winter work services, including gritting car parks and pavements to guarantee user safety. In addition, we have put together a blog today to discuss some of the most important factors to consider if you are in charge of a business or rented property. 

 

Facility managers also need to adapt to the new circumstances once the cold weather settles in, with temperatures freezing and harsh snow affecting the performance of buildings and the environment, health and safety priorities need to be reconsidered. From aesthetics to functionality, building maintenance is required more than ever during the colder months, and that is why we are helping to make you aware of factors, which are typically known for changing around that time. 

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