As a tenant, handling commercial repairs must be done with care and consideration. You don’t want to handle repairs on your own that are the owner’s responsibility; however, these repairs are often a more pressing concern to you than they are to the owner. Things become even more complex when the property owner does not have a preferred maintenance service you can call for preventative and emergency repairs.
If you are in need of repairs and aren’t sure who to call, these are the steps you should take to ensure you handle the maintenance service properly:
Contact the owner first.
Some landlords want control over property repairs and maintenance to ensure the work done is up to their standards of quality. It is their building’s property value that is at stake, and they will likely want to at least oversee repairs that affect the structure of the building in any major way. They may also have preferred contractors that they simply haven’t shared with you yet that you can call for quality and affordable repairs.
Review your lease.
Most commercial leases will specify what repairs are the landlord’s explicit responsibility. If your repair is not covered in this list, it is likely your responsibility to fix it yourself. If the landlord does not give you instructions for handling the repairs, you can assume responsibility and begin contacting local maintenance teams for help.
Find a commercial contractor.
You may have connections to local contractors in your area, but it’s crucial to choose someone who specializes in commercial repairs and maintenance rather than residential. Not only can you cause issues within the building, but you can also create problems with your permits or lease for certain building types. If you don’t know a commercial contractor in your area, contact MaintenX for help.
MaintenX offers commercial plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and roofing service for businesses in 13 states across the U.S. We help small businesses like yours thrive and are consistently top-rated in our local service areas for retail, restaurant, medical, and industrial facility maintenance. If you are looking for a trustworthy contractor you can call for preventative maintenance and emergency repairs, contact us today!