What Should I Look for in a Property Manager when Leasing Office Space?
While factors such as location, size and style may be higher up on the check-list, quality property management can mean the difference between a productive or disrupted work environment. Course 6 at Uniland University details some of the key factors to look for.
Proven Results over Years – Many leases run from 5 to 10 years and office buildings are active structures that require care and vigilance. By performing routine and seasonal maintenance, good property management ensures that your office will run smoothly with few interruptions to your business. A favorite mantra among Uniland’s property management leadership is, “The best way to handle a problem is not to have it.”
Control Operating Expenses – Beyond full-service maintenance, a strong property management team can also assist with minimizing the expenses associated with your office space. Business owners can uncover cost savings, optimize building and equipment systems, and better manage operating costs. Additional property management services can include:
- Property budget and accounting management,
- Property insurance and real estate tax management,
- Contracting for snow removal, landscaping and cleaning services, and
- Utilities management.
A Vetted Network – Businesses are important places filled with valuable physical and intellectual property. You would not want an unauthorized person in your facility, especially after hours.
Fast Response Times – Beyond the day-to-day maintenance of your facility, property management should be able to respond and deliver if you ever have an emergency. While preventive maintenance can mitigate against system failures, issues still arise. When they do, having a dedicated property management firm can mean the difference between a temporary disruption and a long-term displacement.