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Help For Commercial Property Owners

You have a business to run, so why worry about the upkeep and management of your property as well? Companies offer a wide menu of possible services that you can choose from.

-- Landscaping: Your property's appearance is the first thing your customers will notice about your business. A commercial property service can make sure the lawns are mowed, shrubs are trimmed, and flowers are planted, so that you will make a terrific first impression.

-- Snow removal: Winter means possible headaches for property owners. You want to keep your business easily and safely accessible. A service can arrange for snow plows to handle your parking lots and sidewalks and deice your entrances.

-- Pest control: You don't have time to shop around for the best companies that offer safe and reliable bug and rodent control. Let someone else take care of that job as well: you can be assured that your business won't be embarrassed by unwanted "visitors."

-- Custodial work: The maintaining of a shining clean property means you have pride in your business and care about it looking its best. Cleanliness impresses your clientele and helps maintain positive employee morale.

-- Electrical: A good commercial service contracts with the very best electricians in your area. You may want to add or change outlets or switches. You may even need an entirely new circuitry system or simply want someone to change difficult lighting.

-- Heating, cooling and plumbing: It's vital to keep your employees and customers warm in the winter and comfortable in summer. Many services offer yearly maintenance to change furnace filters, check air conditioning systems, and also handle emergencies if a plumbing mishap occurs.

-- Painting: Treating your building's exterior to a fresh coat of paint will give your business an inviting new look. Regular wear and tear on a building's interior can make walls and doorways look tired and unprofessional. Touchups for your interior, or even a complete change in color will help your property stay up to date.

-- Fencing: Security is vital to a business. Improper or decaying perimeter fencing invites vandals or thieves to wander in. Property services may offer fence repair and general maintenance, so that you can have peace of mind about the security of your investment.

-- Bookkeeping, rent collections, financial management: In addition to taking care of a property's physical needs, a service may even offer help with the numbers of a business and tenant relations. If you have a need for more extensive help with the internal management of some aspects of your business, you may also outsource this side of your work load.

Well-organized and excellent maintenance of your commercial property is essential to the success of your enterprise. You may want to consider putting all of your upkeep needs under one umbrella by using a service.


Being Prepared for Driving in the Snow

The great state of Utah has the greatest snow on earth, right? Great for skiing, snowboarding and all other winter sports. But with that snow comes another inevitable: driving in it. Driving in the snow can be a scary prospect, especially if you live somewhere where the snow falls much of the winter.

Snow can be slick, slippery and tricky, and a little daunting to drive in. But with the right information and tools, you can drive in the snow with confidence. For more information on cars that will handle well in the snow, see a dealership for used vehicles in Utah near you. Your local car dealership will be able to recommend cars that will do well in the snow, giving you piece of mind next time you head out this winter.

Remember to not try and drive until the snow plow has done its work if you can wait. Just waiting until the snow has been cleared can drastically improve your chances of a safe ride. Make sure to plan your day around the snow, allowing yourself plenty of extra time to drive. If you have to drive in the snow, here are some other tips and tricks to use while driving in those icy conditions.

-Drive slowly. The biggest mistake most people make when driving in the snow is not taking into account that they need to slow down. Give yourself plenty of room to stop at stoplights. Make sure there is plenty of room between you and other cars.

-Never stop suddenly at stop lights or stop signs. Brake gently and you should be able to avoid skidding. If you do begin to skid, ease off of the brake and try applying pressure again.

-Always keep your lights on, especially if the snow is still coming down.

-Switch to lower gears when you can, this will increase traction on the roads and help you stay steady.

-Be careful and on the lookout for ice. It may look like the roads are simply wet. Use extra caution when crossing bridges or overpasses, as they will freeze first.

-Don't pass other cars, especially snow plows or trucks. Stay a safe distance behind them.

-If you have four wheel drive, don't use it as your false sense of security. You still need to drive carefully and be aware of your surroundings, regardless of what type of car you drive. Four wheel drive cars, however, are your best bet when it comes to driving in the snow. Look for used vehicles in Utah with working four wheel drive transmissions to increase your safety.


Winter Repair Bills for Landlords Set to Soar

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is warning landlords about the huge repair bills they face if their tenants do not know what to do in a winter property emergency.

With almost three million households in the private-rented sector, and weather forecasters predicting a colder winter than last year, simple steps, such as ensuring that tenants know how to switch off the water, gas and electricity supplies, could save landlords thousands of pounds and, potentially, save lives.

Tenants are the first line of defence against problems in the properties they rent and need to be fully equipped to deal with all kinds of winter emergency situations. The NLA has compiled the following advice for landlords, detailing how to prevent winter emergencies getting out of hand.

Frozen pipes: Pipes at risk of freezing should be lagged, and making sure tenants know where to turn off the water supply will allow them to act quickly if a pipe bursts - potentially saving thousands of pounds in repairs and an insurance claim for water damage.

Problems with the heating: It is important that problems with the heating system are fixed quickly. Landlords should make sure their tenants know how to bleed a radiator and have the contact details of a trusted plumber. The heating system should also be checked regularly to avoid problems before they arise.

Frozen pathways: If pathways and driveways are not well drained they can become icy when the temperatures dip, potentially leading to accidents. Landlords can provide grit for their tenants to use on very cold days.

Power cuts: Strong winds and increased energy consumption mean that power cuts are a threat during the winter months. Landlords can make sure their tenants are fully prepared by providing contact details for an electrician and their electricity provider, as well as ensuring they have a good supply of candles and torches with batteries.

Leaks: Blocked guttering, cracks in the roof and missing roof tiles can cause big problems when it rains.

Landlords should make sure that repairs are carried out as early as possible, while guttering should be regularly cleared, especially after the autumn leaf fall.

Security: As the nights become longer, security becomes a larger issue for all households. Landlords can help to reduce the risks for their tenants by making sure there are plenty of spare bulbs for outside lights as well as fitting motion sensor lights to the back and the front of the house. If there is an alarm, ensuring it is serviced each year will prevent problems.

Insurance: Landlords cover buildings insurance but do tenants know they need their own contents cover? In the event of a problem, tenants could be left out of pocket if they don't get the right insurance.

For all winter property emergencies it is vital that tenants have clear guidance on who should be contacted, particularly if the landlord uses an agent. Landlords also need to make sure tenants know how to get in touch outside of working hours and who they should contact if the landlord is on holiday.

David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, is calling on all landlords to make sure their tenants know what to do in a winter property emergency.

He said: "The winter months can throw up a number of serious problems for tenants from leaking roofs to burst water pipes, but landlords can ensure that damage and inconvenience is limited by giving their tenants the right information at the start of the tenancy.

"Asking how to switch off utility supplies is unlikely to be a top priority for most tenants moving into a property, so the onus is on the landlord to make sure they are aware. The cost of not doing so could be considerable.

"Landlords may save themselves thousands of pounds in repair bills, not to mention keeping their tenants safe, by preparing them for the worst well in advance of winter weather."


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