During the recession in 2009, business owners started to count every single cent that they have spent. This all to ensure that they will have enough money to stay afloat in the difficult times. Even though we are seeing an improvement in the economy, business owners are still looking to cut costs where it is not needed.
Prevention is Better Than Cure:
This is one of the things that might be overlooked in the startup phase and it is to buy or rent a premises that has already been well looked after and maintained. If you are looking for a new premises to buy or rent, it is best to look for a property that will have low maintenance costs. This will ensure that you will not have unnecessary expenses to keep the building in a good condition. A low maintenance property will be one that has not been plastered and painted. In some cases, businesses have relatively large expenses to have their building premises painted. If you have a face brick wall building, you will never have to worry about having to paint your walls.
Implement a Maintenance Program:
We have all heard that it is better to maintain something than to fix it. When you have regular maintenance done on your equipment and buildings, it will be in a working state for longer. This will also have to affect that you will not need to have large expenses when some of your equipment breaks or if something happens to your building. Equipment that also runs better and more efficiently, will also use less electricity. Expects in the field of cutting overhead cost, have estimated that proactive maintenance can save up to, and sometimes even more than 18% in maintenance costs.
In the event that you spot a minor water leak, it is best to have it fixed immediately, this helps with keeping maintenance costs down in the long run. Some people will just put a bucket beneath the water leak and just make it a routine to empty the bucket every now and then. These kind of leaks can have major repercussions. There may also be undiscovered water leaks. These types of leaks can affect monthly expenses to a great extent. When you notice that your business’s water bill has gone up and you have not used more water than usual, it is often the result of an undiscovered leak.
Make a Deal:
One of the best ways to keep maintenance costs down is to make an arrangement with a maintenance company. When you arrange with a maintenance company that you will use them whenever there is something wrong at your business, they might consider to give you a better price. If you allow them to advertise their business on your business premises, it might also lead to the maintenance company giving you a better price when they need to repair something at your business.
At the end of the day it will be to the benefit of your business if you minimize the maintenance costs of your business. Your entire business image will be improved and your employees will also enjoy working for a business that looks well maintained and safe. So do not neglect the maintenance of your business. Just see to it that small things are fixed before they become big things.
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