Working with contractors can be very stressful, especially when you’re trying to ensure that you are receiving proper services. But, it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you are prepared:
1. Work With Known Companies
Before you even start working with a contractor ensure that you are working with a known entity. In other words, get some trustworthy references. Working with people who have been referred or endorsed by people that you know and respect will be a step in the right direction.
2. Check References, Certification & Licensure
Even if your associates recommended someone highly it is still important to confirm all references; and ensure that insurance, licensing and financial data are all up to date. Be sure to ask the references if their project was completed on the agreed schedule and budget.
3. Get a Written, Detailed Estimate & Contract
The time spent obtaining and reviewing a detailed, itemized estimates is invaluable. In addition, review the terms of the contract carefully; and discuss any unusual terms that you note. This protects you and the contractor. Also, make sure everyone signs the contract.
4. Try Not to Focus Your Choice on Only Price
Remember to focus on OVERALL QUALITY , not just the price ! Some companies make it a practice to compete only on price. Often these contractors do not have a commitment to project and budget management that produces satisfactory and timely performance. Very often, the “LOW BID” contractor’s total project cost exceeds the original quotation of a more responsible contractor.
5. Put One Person in Charge
Be sure that only one person in your organization or family is responsible for management interactions with the contractor. It can be very confusing for you and your contractor if several individuals are directing the work.
6. Communicate in Writing
Communication of any product, design or schedule changes need to be in writing, so that you and the contractor have a record of the discussion. Most people use email today so that should not be a burden. – EVEN IF YOU TALK in person, back it up with an email and request a confirmation.
7. Review The Completed Work.
Prior to making a final payment on the work, be sure that you and the contractor have confirmed that all the work has been completed, as agreed or as formally modified; and that all applicable inspections and certifications have been properly completed.
TODAYS FACILITY MANAGER recently shared an assembly of restroom signs that were collected from around the world.
Many are creative – Some “beyond” creative.
Take a look !
HOPEFULLY, YOU ENJOYED IT.
Injury in the workplace can be caused by people being so safety complacent that they drive out in front of a trailer truck; or, push their schedule so tight that they fall asleep at the wheel; or, text while driving; or, choose not to use a safety device, such as a fall arrest harness in case they happen to make an error with balance, traction, or grip. We all get complacent ! BUT, there are ways to reduce these times ? Larry Wilson, author of SafeStart offers several suggestions, Complacency is present when our minds no longer remind us of the danger that is present in our activities and we lose the most valuable ” safety device” at our disposal - our minds . Read More…
Facility Management experts have been promoting building automation systems with hand held terminal units for maintenance personnel and internet interfaces to system manufacturers, as the “magic key” to effective building management.
Schneider Electric, through it’s web news site Intelligent Energy Portal has cautioned that he last few months should be considered ” The Semester of Cyber-security panic“.
Wiki-leaks fiasco continues to boil as herds of hackers are apparently engaged in a global cyber-war against nations and corporations that threaten Wiki-leak continued operations. There doesn’t seem to be any real moral or patriotic issues involved in the attacks. It’s almost as though a globally connected bunch of teenage hackers just took on a new challenge. Sort of a “Revenge of the Nerds” cyber sequel. In fact, at the time of this writing a Dutch teenager is being held as a suspected ringleader of the “Operation Payback” attacks on financial institutions that refuse to service Wiki-leaks donations.
All that bizarre chaos will go where it will – but the big question is:
How did so much info get acquired through one US Government entry point? Read More…
A “fire protection system” may have the components recommended by NFPA, but it is NOT a FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM, unless it does something to:
impact the fire,
protect people, or
reduce damage to a building.
In larger office and institutional buildings there may be a complete fire alarm system installed with detectors in every room, a complete sprinkler system with a fire pump, smoke walls with smoke dampers and fire curtains, or a pressurized ventilation system in the stair or atrium. The maintenance management team and owner may take pride in the provision of “advanced” fire protection for their clients.
Nature of the Work
Property Managers are responsible for property management that creates properties that looks nice, operates smoothly, and preserves the resale value of the property. To businesses and investors, properly managed real estate may result in greater income and profits. Property and real estate managers oversee the operation of income-producing commercial or residential properties and ensure that real estate investments achieve their expected revenues.
Generally, property and real estate managers handle assigned financial operations of the property, making certain that rent is collected and that mortgages, taxes, insurance premiums, payroll, and maintenance bills are paid on time. Some oversee the preparation of financial statements and periodically report to the owners on the status of the property, occupancy rates, expiration dates of leases, and other matters.
When vacancies occur, property managers may advertise the property or hire a leasing agent to find a tenant. They also may suggest to the investors what rent to charge. Read More…
A financial and political observer has summarized the US energy issues one issue of his bulletin Lee Bellinger Independent Living.
He encourages individuals, as well as business, to face the realities of the politically created disasters that arepending. He notes that: “Bad news is only bad for those who don’t see it coming.”
The Carter Administration established a new department with a stated central mission of “reducing the American dependence on foreign energy, when we were importing 28% of our crude oil. Today, following efforts of this agency and environmentalist, we are importing 65% of our petroleum, while drilling is restricted in our own properties. Read More…
US Department of Labor reports that slip and fall accidents create over 25% of the workplace injuries, 95 MILLION lost work days and 15% of workplace deaths each year. This does not consider the visitor and client falls that create lawsuits and negligence claims.
There are steps that a property management team or maintenance management can take to reduce their exposure to this risk. RELIABLE PLANT offers some specific suggestions:
Most falls result from:
* Wet or greasy floors
* Dry floors with wood dust or powder
* Uneven walking surfaces
* Polished or freshly waxed floors
* Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
* Transition from one floor type to another
* Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
* Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails Read More…