“Valley Landscape Management have undertaken a wide range of work on our premises. The service is professional and the work always done to a high standard.”
“A professional company that provides the customer care service that we all expect. Their advice on plants/design prior to my order was excellent. A sterile environment has now been transformed with life and colour.”
“I have been advised that…all sites looked after by Valley are open and operational with clear access. This would appear to be, in the main, down to the fact that you quickly mobilised your teams yesterday to grit the estate roads and paths, and have continued to provide the same level of service today. Once again, many thanks.”
Commercial property owners understand the importance of value, and the possibilities of making a small fortune as property values increase. However, whatever the market is doing, there are ways to enhance your property's value and it's attractiveness to tenants. So, what are these secrets to giving your property a value boost? It’s not as difficult as you might think, and you can even push up the rental value in the process too. Read on for 5 simple value-boosting tips for your commercial property owners.
Much like a conservatory adds value to a house, extending your commercial property can have a serious positive impact on its value. Either you have more space to rent out to businesses, or space for new features and amenities such as meeting rooms, a café or a gym. The choice is yours, but whichever way it’s an investment that will pay off.
As well as expanding, consider repurposing land around the property. Adding or extending car parking facilities to your commercial property is a recommended and very popular improvement. We’ve all, at times, known the stressful necessity of having to leave the car parked somewhere it shouldn’t be, or blocking someone in. This is especially important for inner city commercial promises, where parking can be tricky and expensive. It’s a serious benefit which can hugely increase the desirability of the premises. That desirability can be reflected in rental prices, as well as the building’s sale value.
Heating, lighting, super-fast internet access and Wi-Fi – these are all areas which can be improved in commercial properties. They require some investment, but will stop your property from falling behind others in its appearance and its function. Prospective tenant's will appreciate this too - free Wi-Fi is always a popular perk to staff, whilst rapid and stable internet access is, of course, important for a business to operate efficiently. Some features, such as energy efficient heating and lights, can also save you money in the long run.
4. Don’t forget the exterior
As much as you improve the inside of the building, there’s no getting away from shabby surroundings. Overgrown hedges, patchy grass and litter make even the best facilities look second rate. To avoid this, and maximise your property’s value, consider improvements to the building’s exterior and ensure it’s well maintained.
These improvements will also benefit the impression of your business – or those using your building. With well-maintained grounds, your property will boost business’ reputation, increasing the chance of relationships with more established clients. That’s not to mention the benefit to local wildlife and enrichment for the local environment.
5. Safe and secure
Security is paramount with all properties, but it’s often overlooked by owners. A good alarm system, CCTV cameras and security staff are three good options, which have the added benefit of lower insurance premiums. You could also consider security fencing. This increases the security of the property, as well as giving it a more exclusive appearance.
Commercial property management
If you’re looking to improve the value of your commercial property, Valley Landscape Management can help. We are landscaping specialists, offering a range of improvement and maintenance services for commercial properties.
Whether it’s waste and pest management grounds maintenance, pest control, tree management, or soft landscaping to enrich your surroundings – we provide an expert service that covers all bases. We even offer a comprehensive fence installation service, giving your property that extra level of security. Get in touch today for more information on our services and how we can help you.
Invasive weeds are an eyesore, an inconvenience and, in some cases, a danger. Some plants can cause serious irritation to skin upon contact and even anaphylaxis. But what happens if they’re left, and allowed to grow untreated? The truth is – they will cause even more issues. Read on to see how invasive weeds – if ignored - can become progressively worse for your property.
Introducing invasive weeds
So, what are invasive weeds? Quite simply, they’re weeds with a tendency to spread. But not just standard growth though. They spread very quickly and very thoroughly to an extent which can damage their surroundings, and cause substantial damage to grounds and property.
Japanese Knotweed, for instance, has a strong, rapidly-growing network of roots – known as ‘rhizomes’ - which can stretch up to three metres below the ground and seven metres around the plant. It is described by the Environment Agency as ‘indisputably the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant’, and can grow at the astonishing rate of up to 10cm a day (20cm at its most prolific). This stretching growth can penetrate cracks in walls, drainage and even house foundations. Needless to say, when it’s left untreated it simply gets worse.
With a reputation as the most aggressive and destructive plant in the UK, the presence of Japanese Knotweed – along with other invasive weed species – can have a serious impact on the value of a property, making it very difficult to sell or mortgage.
A developing problem
This is the case with other invasive weeds, such as Giant Hogweed. Growing up to 4 metres 20 feet in height, the weed has phototoxic sap. If it gets onto the skin, it removes any UV protection and can cause serious inflammation and burning in the sun. The risk of this becomes far greater as it spreads.
Giant Hogweed seeds are dispersed easily by the wind, animals, water or even by humans incorrectly attempting to remove the plant. When spread, the seeds establish quickly and soon lead to more Giant Hogweed plants with a greater risk of skin irritation. That’s why one of the first steps in controlling it is stopping the spread of seeds.
Harder to remove
Understandably, as these weeds spread through gardens or public spaces, they become much harder to remove. Removing weeds is quite literally a case of ‘nipping it in the bud’. Identify the problem early and it could be a relatively simple job. Let it spread, however, and you could have a big problem on your hands. Another reason why regular maintenance is so important for commercial properties.
Last call for 2017 – the season for treating Japanese Knotweed is almost over, but a correctly applied herbicide treatment before the first frost can be very effective.
Planning for 2018 – dealing with invasive weeds such as Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam should commence in early summer. We are able to offer comprehensive treatment plans to control and eradicate these weeds, with cost spread over the full period of the treatment plan, avoiding large capital outlay.
Our experienced team can assist with urgent herbicide treatments to start getting control of Japanese Knotweed growth, or discuss available options for ongoing treatment of a wide range of invasive plants.
Don’t wait – act today
Having problems with invasive weeds on your commercial property? Valley Landscape Management can provide a swift and effective solution. We offer a wide range of landscaping and maintenance services for commercial sites that can make your life a whole lot easier – as well as protecting the value and safety of your property. Contact us today to discuss your needs and how we can provide a solution – before it gets even worse.
We’re guessing your company mission is not to create and maintain an attractive show-garden. Still, who can afford to cut corners on grounds management? Your property says a lot about who you are as an organisation and how any tenants may feel. (Unkept, Messy grounds send a negative message.)
So, how should you handle grounds maintenance?
We know there are pros and cons to outsourcing facilities ground management. When you hire a contractor to do anything on your property, you’re entrusting in an outside partner to appreciate your grounds like you do. You might be worried about quality—and of course, there’s cost. Perhaps keeping maintenance duties in-house is an effort to control expenses?
On the other hand, what are you really saving by choosing to do your own facilities grounds management? And, how much time are you spending on maintenance that could be redirected toward core revenue-generating activities?
In business, the savvy owners and managers recognize their strengths and focus on performing what they do best. They surround themselves with talented teams of people who complement their skills— professionals who are strong where they lack expertise.
We know you’ve got decisions to make concerning who and whether you hire out services like grounds maintenance. So, let’s discuss the pros and cons here.
No matter your business, customer experience matters. First, there’s the appearance or “feel good” aspect of your commercial property. Is it welcoming? Do tenants, customers and employees have pride in their decision to do business with you or work for your organization?
Is the property safe—free of debris, clear of snow and ice. Taking that a step further, does the grounds meet environmental services expectations? Cutting corners on landscape maintenance will compromise all of these factors that play into the customer experience.
When any business tries to do it all, details get overlooked. The benefit of hiring a professional facilities grounds management firm is that the company specialises in assuring your property looks and performs in the first-class way you want to present your business.
Cost: Will You Really Save Money?
Every business has a budget, and has to draw a line somewhere with spending. The question is, when determining whether to carry out grounds maintenance in-house or hire a professional, are you considering all of the costs associated with expertly caring for your commercial property? Believe us, they add up.
We have experience working with corporate campuses, manufacturing facilities and other institutions in healthcare and academia. Many of them who tried to manage their own grounds management at one time stopped because they weren’t saving money like they expected. In fact, some of them found they were spending more.
Of course, managing landscape maintenance in house (and don’t forget about snow and ice removal!) could cost less than a professional. But often that is only with cutting corners, and then you’re risking quality and safety. Cost, quality—it all goes together.
Keep in mind these expenses associated with in-house facilities grounds management:
Timing Is Everything: Scheduling Grounds Maintenance
having considered the costs, you may be prepared to work those expenses into your budget. Beyond what you’ll spend in terms of pound notes, an equally important factor is time and scheduling. Plus, someone needs to take responsibility for doing that (more money...). Scheduling is often a difficult aspect, especially when responding to emergency situations such as a fallen tree or fence blocking a road. These occurrences are regular on business parks, and when protecting client and employee safety is critical, they cannot be left unattended too. Will your maintenance team have the diverse skill set required to undertake these emergency tasks, when they are often very varied in nature? And have they got the equipment required to complete these varied tasks? You could be in a position where you have your in-house team employed, but still find yourself calling on professional companies to undertake more complex tasks.
Also, some property owners assign maintenance tasks to their grounds management crews that are completely unrelated to the outdoors. If in-house maintenance is tied up handling an electrical or plumbing problem, what happens to the exterior of the property in the meantime?.
The benefit of hiring a professional facilities grounds management company is that the firm is dedicated to enhancing your property’s appearance, safety and environmental services.
Conserve Resources By Partnering With A Pro
There are commercial properties that manage their own grounds maintenance and they are willing to dedicate the time, people and financial resources to get it right. But what’s your primary focus as an organisation? Consider the pros and cons of dedicating yourself to what’s most important and generates revenue vs. “doing it all yourself.”
Let’s talk about how partnering with a professional grounds management firm can help conserve your resources. Call us on 01322 279799 to learn more.