5 WAYS TO PRESERVE OR INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE
July 24, 2018
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6 WAYS THE RIGHT ARCHITECT MAKES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EASIER

Reaching out to the right Architect when your facility needs repair, restoration or an alteration will allow you to save time and money. We have the design and technical knowledge to help you solve facility maintenance problems for any type of building, allowing you to focus on the other aspects of property management that demand your attention on a daily basis.

1.    Provide support for and respond quickly to property management issues that arise.

We can serve as an extended member of your team to respond to property maintenance or improvement projects quickly, giving your clients peace of mind that their concerns are being met in a professional manner. We can provide the board with an expert opinion on items requiring repair or replacement and attend board meetings to explain the technical aspects in a clear and understandable manner so that ownership can make informed decisions.

2.    Evaluate on-site property maintenance items to determine the underlying cause and develop the best course of action to remedy the situation.

Often the cause of a maintenance or construction issue is not readily apparent. Calling in a contractor to fix what appears to be the problem without the proper diagnosis can be a waste of time, money, and cause great inconvenience to the residents. With the proper technical understanding, we can assist in determining the root cause of a problem, and involve the correct specialty consultants where appropriate, to target the real problem and saving ownership large amounts of money, and saving you time.

3.    Provide municipal review agency research to properly address their concerns in a cost-effective manner prior to undertaking any construction project.

With our understanding of building codes, we are able to have intelligent discussions with municipal building officials on your behalf. This allows us to determine the most cost-effective way to comply with their requirements while meeting the building code. This will allow you to allocate budget to other areas of the property and show ownership that as a team, we have their best interests in mind.

4.    Obtain and evaluate bids for capital improvement projects.

Because we execute a variety of projects on a daily basis, we have the expertise required to develop a bid list suited for specific types of work, prepare a comprehensive bid package to cover the owner’s interests while allowing an “apples to apples” bid comparison, and technical knowledge to understand qualifications and exclusions that may go overlooked by others which could carry a significant cost to the project.

5.    Provide construction observation services for projects under construction to protect the owner’s interests.

By conducting on-site observations of the work in progress, we can catch non-compliant work early on before the work proceeds to the point at which fixing the problem causes significant problems for the project. Often overlooked are code requirements or shortcuts which may appear to comply with the drawings and specifications yet do not. Contractor substitutions that provide lower cost and typically lower quality products are often not brought to the client’s attention. Such work can fail building departments inspections or may need to be repaired or replaced much sooner than otherwise required, costing the owners additional expenditures they should not be required to pay for.

6.    Work with the property manager to develop a long-term facility maintenance plan.

The last thing anyone wants to do is complete a project only to find that work needs to be removed or reconstructed to accommodate a new project. We can assist you in determining the most cost-effective way to approach capital expense maintenance projects so that other future work can be executed without having to spend additional funds on rework of past projects.

Are you in a Property Ownership or Management function and looking to develop a relationship with architects who can help make your life easier? Contact Us

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