The Cheapest Option Could Be the Most Costly

March 5, 2018|

By Tony Creighton

As a commercial property manager, addressing problems can be a large part of your daily schedule. With issues seemingly flying at you from all directions, why create more stress for yourself by choosing the wrong contractor for exterior cleaning?

Q: How do you go about choosing the wrong contractor? A: Usually by looking solely at the lowest price, and not taking into consideration all the things that will minimize the risk of headaches…

The right exterior cleaning contractor knows the role of a commercial PM, and has the knowledge and commercial property experience to help solve their problem, making their job easier and hassle free!

The right contractor has the proper equipment and experience to efficiently clean surfaces like concrete sidewalks, siding and windows without causing damage.

Concrete can be scarred and damaged by trying to remove chewing gum or stains with high pressure washing. Instead, the experienced, properly-equipped contractor knows to use hot water, combined with special detergents and a controlled amount of pressure to melt gum and remove grease.

Frequently, an inexperienced contractor tries to clean surfaces by blasting away with a pressure washer, which can permanently damage window seals, scar vinyl siding or blow water under siding or door jambs. These issues will quickly create a headache for the property manager who now has to deal with fixing those costly problems.

As a commercial PM, getting the required work done, within the allotted budget is always a priority. A knowledgeable PM knows that a professional, experienced and licensed contractor can be a better solution, even though they may be more expensive than a “deal’ found on Craigslist, or from a flimsy sign stapled to a telephone pole.

In the long run, the cheaper option will usually impact the budget – and not in a good way. Just remember, if you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur.

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