The science experiment growing on the side of the HOA Building and on the community bridges are not by design…
Similarly, the dark spots on the brick and roof of your commercial building are also not attractive for prospective customers.
Both are the result of organic build-up and the impact of the weather/the sun over the years. That being said, if you’re a property manager, what are your options and what should you do?
Here is what we (the pros from Bright Exterior Cleaning) recommend when it comes to exterior cleaning services for property managers!
Exterior Cleaning and Commercial Properties
Most of the articles and content on the web that involves pressure washing, power washing and exterior cleaning services typically centers around homeowners. However, commercial property managers and HOA managers could benefit the most from exterior cleaning services.
Think about it.
Whether it’s the community HOA building or a shopping center you manage, the appearance of the exterior building is vital, sometimes more vital than the inside (if they never make it inside, it doesn’t matter what it looks like).
That is why it is vital to make sure the appearance of the outside of a property/structure is cleanly and sparkling! So how does that start and if you’re a property manager what should you consider?
1. See about pressure washing or soft washing.
The first thing is first, soft washing or pressure washing the exterior of the properties you manage is a quick way to add curb appeal.
Over time, brick, siding, and other exterior building materials collect dust, grime, and organic build-up that can cause discoloration and dullness. A way to enhance the exterior of the buildings you manage is to contact a pressure washing company like Bright Exterior and ask what they would recommend.
Depending on the surface type (brick, siding, hardy board, stucco) there are different options when it comes to completing a surface wash.
2. Check the roof.
Some commercial properties have flat roofs, others have normal roofs and some have a combination of each. No matter the type of roof, it’s best to get an expert up there at least one time per year to check things out.
Aside from an expert checking the structural condition of a commercial property roof, it’s also important to give it a visual check from ground level to see if the roof “Looks good.”
In other words, look at the roof from the perspective of a customer and whether or not it looks appealing. If there is organic build-up, stains, bird droppings or whatever – it might be time to get the roof washed.
You can learn about how a roof wash process works here, from start to finish!
3. Look at sidewalks and patios.
This might be the most important for customers when they’re walking into a store or any location, but what is the condition of the walkways and patios?
If you happen to be the property manager of a large commercial shopping center, gum, oil stains, soda spills and other sticky materials on walkways can quickly give the shopping center a bad look
Just recently at a local Walmart, the parking lot had thousands of gum marks in the parking lot, meanwhile, at a Wegmans, the parking lot was free and clear. While keeping a parking lot super clean is one thing, keeping the sidewalks and patios clean is manageable.
Power washing patios and sidewalks can quickly remove dirt, grime, sticky materials and make sidewalks look brand new!
4. If you have gutters, check them for leaves.
Depending on the type of water runoff system a building has, sometimes gutters can become clogged, especially in areas where leaves fall.
In order to prevent any bigger issues from arising (such as gutters detaching from the fascia of the building), it’s better to have the gutters of the properties you manage checked annually.
A gutter cleaning is a quick and painless process and can be done for a reasonable price. In fact, most companies offer a gutter cleaning package with other exterior cleaning packages.
5. Get an exterior annual cleaning package.
If you happen to be a property manager, it’s best to figure out an annual exterior cleaning package for the properties you manage.
An exterior soft wash, roof wash, bi-annual walkway power wash, and annual gutter check can increase the lifespan of all exterior surfaces and give the presentation of a well kept commercial property. It’s best to get a custom package designed just for your properties to meet their needs.
For example, perhaps the restaurant properties you manage benefit from the most from having the patios where patrons eat power washed every quarter.
Final Word for Exterior Cleaning Commercial Properties
When in doubt, always call a power washing company like Bright Exterior Cleaning to make sure the exterior condition of properties you/your company manages are in tip-top shape.
Consumers choose where they shop based on not only cleanliness but perceived cleanliness. I am sure the patrons at the Walmart mentioned above have noticed the gum problem in the parking lot and sidewalks.
Remember the cleanliness of the Wegmans shopping center mentioned earlier? Patrons notice that cleanliness. So while landscaping and fancy signage add to the curb appeal – so does a clean exterior
So if you’re a property manager or small business owner, be sure to check out our commercial cleaning options and get in touch!
Are you a homeowner looking for common HOA violations? See below.
Common HOA Violations
Are you a homeowner reading this article? If so believe it or not, a common HOA violation is the condition of your exterior home.
Whether it is the front door that needs painting or the organic build up on your siding, exterior cleaning packages such as gutter cleaning, roof cleaning, and pressure washing can greatly help you avoid an HOA violation.
Keep in mind, that some issues such as gutter cleaning, are great ways to prevent bigger issues such as your gutters becoming clogged and possibly causing structural damage. Pressure washing your home using the Bright Exterior home wash package is a great way to take preventative action each year!