You own or manage commercial space that doesn’t welcome customers or clients, so does it really matter what the exterior looks like? The easy answer is yes-even if you’re not actively looking to fill a vacant office. The importance of flower and shrub care, lawn maintenance and keeping things green is to keep the value of the property at its peak year-round. Plus, you never know when your tenants might be shopping around for a better space.
Landscaping and maintenance is a big job that you can’t do yourself and shouldn’t be put on the back burner. There are many benefits to keeping up appearances, even in commercial spaces where the “only” people who see it are your tenants and their employees. It’s because of these tenants that your bills are getting paid and (hopefully) you’re enjoying a tidy profit. Before you skip the monthly landscaping or decrease how often the grounds are mowed, keep in mind:
- You’re Not the Only Commercial Space: Unless you’ve locked your tenants into a long and iron-clad lease agreement, they could always be looking for something better. This is a relationship just like any other. If you don’t hold up your end of the bargain and “let yourself go,” your competition will be happy to pick up the pieces-and your tenants.
- Property Value Always Matters: You’re not a fighter who only needs to be at their best right before the next match. It’s in your best interest to keep property values high, since it improves the entire neighborhood. Take pride in your property, and that will shine and spread throughout the area.
- It’s Up to You to Validate Rent Hikes: Want (or need) to charge higher rent once a lease comes due or the year has ended? Your tenants don’t have to agree to the price hike and might start looking elsewhere. However, if you offer up beautiful grounds that make people happy to come into work every day, they might find the increase reasonable.
- Environment Impacts Moods: People are naturally happier in beautiful environments, and this can lead to a butterfly effect in your favor. Nobody wants unhappy, moody and unproductive tenants, but that’s exactly what you might be signing up for when you don’t keep up with ground maintenance. An unhappy tenant is more likely to complain, less likely to pay rent on time and is generally more prone to being a thorn in your side.
- Be a Good Neighbor: Where ever your commercial building is, it’s part of a neighborhood. You know what happens in a residential neighborhood when homeowners start letting their yards become uncared for. One way to give to your community is to make sure your external appearance shines brightly and contributes to thee “look” of the area in a positive way.