With Ontario recently extending its shut down orders- visiting your cottage, rental property, or business may not look the same as it used to. While some businesses have been able to adapt to this ‘new normal’ by providing pick-up or delivery options- we recognize that may not work for all. If your business is not open daily- to your staff or the public: here are a few tips and tricks to maintain minimal operations and ensure the safety of the business, its building, and your staff upon return.
1. Visit the property regularly and keep track of those check-ins
Ask a local staff member, trusty neighbour, or take the responsibility on yourself to visit the property at least every few days. Make sure you record the date and time that you’re there and the state of the building and equipment.
2. Check your systems
Do all of your alarm systems have power- and are they working? Test your video cameras, both inside and out, security alarms, as well as fire and Carbon Dioxide detectors.
3. U Need Utilities
It’s important to maintain your utilities even if you’re not using the building at the moment- give the toilet a flush; flick the lights on and off. Consider putting some lights on timers while you’re at it.
Walk around the property- check to make sure there isn’t anything blocking doors, fire hydrants, or gates. Make sure U have a plan for mail delivery and lock up when U leave.
Today’s circumstances may leave a building unexpectedly vacant or uninhabited, but following a few simple steps can help keep what’s important to U protected.
As always- if you have any questions or concerns- please reach out to your broker or agent; we’re all here for U.
Written by Jess Lymburner