Rick Longnecker

When managing a commercial property, simply maintaining the status quo is not enough to keep pace with the competition. Prioritizing improvement, as well as maintenance, is the key to keeping your property functional and appealing year after year.

Improvements can come in the form of new plant beds, new trees and shrubs, renovated sitting areas, or updated hardscape elements. Some renovations are necessary parts of long-term upkeep, while other renovations can be dazzling additions that expand your property’s usefulness and charm.

Time takes a toll on both hardscaping and landscaping. Plants outgrow their original areas; erosion and shifting ground compromise walkways and retaining walls. Fortunately, most of these needs can be assessed long before they are staring you right in the face. By scheduling these repairs or renovations months before the need becomes obvious, you fix the problem before anyone ever notices a problem.

Long-range planning also makes sense for more spectacular renovations, such as new plantings and hardscape additions. Newly developed outdoor living areas or redesigned beds can inject new life into nondescript parts of a property. When these updates are scheduled with ample time, they can be realistically worked into a long-range budget. Planning ahead vastly increases the likelihood that these “nice-to-have” improvements will come to fruition.

Property management often requires reactive responses to immediate needs. Planning ahead for additions and renovations helps minimize the scramble for quick fixes. A proactive approach also helps ensure that your property stays vibrant and appealing.

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