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Whether it’s an old washing machine, a heap of broken wood or just sacks of general waste – fly-tipping is an enormous hassle for commercial property owners.
People want to get rid of their waste without paying, so they look for somewhere to dump it. Unfortunately, commercial properties have become a target for fly tippers as they provide a large space that’s usually situated away from the watchful eyes of residents. That isn’t always the case though. Read on for our best tips on preventing fly-tipping on your commercial property.
1. Block the road
Fly-tippers aren’t looking to victimise you, they just want a quick, easy dumping spot and a clear get-away run. They are not bothered where they tip their waste, so long as they can! That’s why it’s essential that you’re not giving vehicles easy access to your site after hours. Fly-tippers will always go for the easiest and quickest option, so be sure to block the road with bollards or gates to prevent vehicles entering for a quick drop-off.
2. Get adequate fencing
Don’t underestimate fly-tippers. They’re looking for ease, but they’re also determined to get rid of their waste -especially if it's hazardous waste that is expensive to dispose of legally. Without fencing, your site is prone to fly-tipping on foot. Even with a small fence, bags of waste can be dumped over it without gaining access to the site. Ensure you have secure perimeter fencing.
3. Cameras and alarms
Cameras and alarms are the number one solution if you’re looking to catch a fly-tipper. But they’re also a good way of preventing the act. These essential security features can act as a deterrent, as most fly-tippers operate locally and, naturally, don’t want to be caught and convicted - they face large fines if convicted. Be sure to have CCTV warning signs displayed clearly on fence lines to deter offenders.
As any marketing guru will tell you, selling is about knowing your audience. What do they want from your product – and how can you give it to them? For commercial property owners, that means knowing what tenants find attractive.
If you’re not appealing to tenants, you could face long periods with an empty property generating no income at all. You may even be forced to reduce your prices just to get someone in. That’s not the only option, however. Read on as we explore what attracts tenants to commercial properties.
Location, location, location
It’s no secret that location plays a key role for any property. An apartment in central London will set you back far more than the same apartment in a commuter town like Slough, for instance. The same goes for commercial property. If it’s for retail, tenants will want and need a property in a busy location.
However, for offices or industrial use, it’s more about transport links. Is there a nearby motorway, train or tram stop, or bus route? If a company is going to rent your commercial property, they need to know current or future employees will be able to get there. As with residential property, local amenities will also play a role. Being in an area with nearby shops and food outlets, for instance, will boost the appeal of any commercial property.
Think about facilities
What facilities does your property boast? You might be able to compensate for its location with things like an on-site café, gym or even a car park. Tenants will be less concerned about poor transport links if there is adequate car parking space for themselves and their employees .
Accessibility is similarly important. Whether your property is for industrial, office or retail use, tenants will want it to be fully accessible for everyone. Why would they sign up for a property that instantly narrows down the employees they can appeal to? Things like ramps, hand rails and lifts are an essential for many tenants.
Keep things modern
People spend most of their waking hours at work. It’s understandable, then, that they want a pleasant and modern working environment. If you’re trying to market your commercial property as office space, tenants will be looking for somewhere that’s modern in both appearance and function.
With most companies digital by default nowadays, free Wi-Fi is big draw. Employers also want to offer a better work-life balance to their staff, with communal ‘break out areas’ an attractive feature.
Tenants look for similar qualities on the outside of commercial properties too. Street furniture like benches, tables and shelters allows businesses to give their employees or visitors a place to relax, while improving the appearance of the building (and impression of the business) to the outside world.
Give your property a boost
Looking to make your commercial property more attractive to prospective tenants?
At Valley Landscape Management , we specialise in landscape construction and maintenance. With our help, you can attract tenants with superb features like car parks, outdoor break out areas and impressive surroundings. Get in touch today to talk about improving the appeal of your commercial property.
Acquiring property isn’t something that should be rushed. That’s the case for homebuying, but even more so for commercial property, which is typically much more of an investment. There are a number of potential issues with commercial buildings, some of which can lead to serious long-term problems and big financial hurdles further down the line.
So, what should you look out for when searching for commercial property?
1. Fit for purpose
Starting on the outside of the property, any building should be prepared for its essential purpose – shelter. The roof, walls, doors and windows – collectively known as a building’s envelope – should be completely weatherproof. They need to provide an insulative shell that keeps out any rain, wind or other weather.
Some buildings may have problems in this area because of deterioration and inadequate maintenance, or simply poor design. This can lead to water and dirt ingress, corrosion and decay over time, so it’s essential to check the property is well sealed, or identify any problems and understand the maintenance you’re taking on.
2. The right foundations
Another fundamental area for any property is its foundations. Has the building been constructed with strong foundations on suitable ground conditions?
Some older buildings have questionable foundations, with modern builds often being constructed on problematic conditions such as shrinkable clay soils or on flood plains. Down the line, these failings will impact on the building and could affect it's future sale value. Look out for cracks and structural distortion as signs of poor foundations.
3. Design and services
Is the property accessible to everyone? If not, you could find yourself forking out for modifications like ramps and elevators in the future. Failure to meet any regulations and the costs to rectify them should be considered when buying or making an offer on the property.
But it’s not just about structure. A building’s services should also be assessed. Power supply, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and security features are all essential to making a building fully functional and efficient. A decent internet coverage is also a must. In terms of security, look for everything from fire and smoke alarms to camera systems and security gates. Ask for the latest safety reports and tests.
Problems around the property
A commercial property’s surroundings should also be considered. Have the grounds been well maintained? Are there any significant changes that you will need to make? Will you need to install a car park?
If any of these are an issue, Valley Landscape Management can help. We provide a comprehensive range of landscaping services for commercial properties, from landscape construction to tree management and grounds maintenance. Contact us today to see how we can take the stress out of managing your commercial property.
Does your commercial property have adequate car parking? It should. While car parking might seem like a minor feature, it can make a huge difference for employees and tenants – as well as impacting the value of your property. Read on to see why car parking is so important, and how you can solve car parking issues for your commercial facility.
The importance of car parking
Trying to find a parking space can be one of the most frustrating things for employees. The dreaded daily search routine - driving around endlessly, trying to squeeze into awkward spaces, and eventually parking away from work and getting wet and windswept as a result. Hardly the ideal start to the day, is it?
People in a rush can also block others in when they don’t have time or the option to park properly. After doing so, they spend the day unfocused and unproductive as they worry about who might be blocked in by their car or whether they will find a parking ticket on their return. It’s even worse for disabled drivers, who need disabled bays with easy access to the building. Quite simply, inadequate parking annoys people and causes unnecessary conflict.
Time to act
This huge inconvenience causes employee morale to become low, and puts off potential tenants if you’re looking to let your building out. The solution? Extend your car park. While some see car park extension as a complex and lengthy process, it’s relatively simple with professional assistance.
With extra car parking space, employees waste less time looking for somewhere to park and any frustration and conflict is eliminated. If you’re looking to let your commercial property, the car park extension will make it far more attractive to tenants – as well as significantly increasing its sale value.
What if I can’t extend the car park?
However, we understand that car park extensions aren’t possible for everyone. Some properties simply don’t have the space to convert into a car park. You can still improve the situation though….
Installing bike shelters and cycle hoops makes it more practical and convenient for employees (or tenants) to cycle to work. This will either free up any car parking space you do have, or act as an alternative if you have no car park at all.
Where to start?
Making adjustments to your property can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, Valley Landscape Management is here to help. Whether you want to add a car park, extend an existing parking area or install cycling facilities – our team can guide you through the process and find the solution that best fits your needs. Get in touch today to see how we can eliminate your parking problems.
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.
Using a commercial landscaper is a great way to ensure your premises or property always gives a brilliant first impression to customers, tenants and employees.
The luxury of a beautiful, well-kept property serves as a subconscious reminder that your company offers quality work. An aesthetically pleasing commercial landscape and hardscape could also increase the value of your property, make it more desirable to tenants and enable you to add value to tenant fees.But how can you be sure the company you're choosing can achieve this for you? Here are four important things to consider when choosing a commercial landscaper:
Ask about the actual crew that would be doing work on your property – how experienced are they? Does the team hold certifications, and does the company have professional affiliations? These are good indications that the commercial landscaper follows best practices
You shouldn’t choose a commercial landscaper solely based on cost, but be sure to consider return on investment. Does the company offer affordable, high-quality services? Ensure they provide clear invoices with proper documentation for each project?
Ability to Maintain Multiple Premises
Many of our clients own multiple properties and estates. It's essential if you are in this position to choose a commercial landscaping company that can serve all, or at least regional, locations. By doing this you will be making an overall saving, as opposed to dealing with each estate individually.
To work with Valley Landscape Management as your commercial landscaper, call us at 01322 279799 or submit a contact form.
Here’s why your property estate will benefit from a commercial landscape contract:
Let’s face it, you don’t have the expertise to deal with the landscaping needs of your commercial property. You probably don't have the time either. Landscaping can be complex, and you have your core business interests to focus on like assisting your tenants needs. A commercial landscape management company will provide you with the expertise needed to complete your landscape efficiently and beautifully, and will simply releave you of the responsibility of it.
Look like you mean Business
Nothing says "I don't care" louder than a tangled, overgrown mess of an entrance to your property estate. It looks unpleasant to customers and tenants, giving the whole estate a negative feel. Our regular site visits ensure your grounds are always looking neat and at their best.
Currently if something goes wrong on your property its your problem - no one is responsible for sorting it out other than you. You've most likely got a full day scheduled, and that's going to be seriously disrupted if you have to spend the next few hours resolving this issue. Imagine being able to simply call 01322 279799 to pass that problem on to us! Clients of Valley Landscape Management benefit from our Rapid Response service, where we resolve onsite issues at short notice.
When snow and ice plague your commercial property, a commercial landscape management company responds right away. No more slipping and sliding around the parking lot, worrying how you will get in the door. Snow removal is an important part of a landscape maintenance contract, and keeps your estate clear and functioning all winter long.
And what about springtime? Without commercial landscape management, your tenants will likely experience allergy symptoms on the short walk from their car to your building. Trimming the grass regularly filters pollutants and dust particles from the air. You will be the hero of the building come allergy season.
Sure, you can plant a few trees and bushes on your commercial property. But without proper commercial landscape management, those plants will likely wilt in a few months. Sustainable landscapes planted by a landscape management company can last year-round and provide unparalleled aesthetic appeal.
Give us a call now on 01322 279799 to discuss your outdoor solution.
How do you know when it’s time to part ways with your commercial landscape maintenance provider? These a few signs that may give you a hint.
Are you ready for a change? Call Valley Landscape Management now on 01322 279799.
As a commercial property owner, one of your primary goals should be helping your tenants and their clientele feel good about coming to work day after day. Likewise, getting prospects to take that first step across the threshold should not be underestimated. Main entrance landscaping can help you make a lasting first impression.
To drive into and around a business estate with unkept bushes, fallen trees, long grass and litter everywhere, the message to a first-time visitor is pretty clear - this is a bunch of folk who simply don't care. If the outside maintenance is like this, what state of repair are the buildings in that I'm looking to rent? Do I want my customers to drive through all this to reach my business?
In contrast, a well designed and landscaped entrance sends as a strong a message in a positive sense. This business estate is a nice place, these guys care here, to have my customers drive past these stunning areas would benefit they're experience and impressions about me. I like it here.
There are a few things you could consider to create an entrance way that gives the impression you want.
Valley Landscape Management offer a full design, installation and ongoing maintenance contract to keep your entrances looking like they mean business. Call 01322 279799 for more information.
As a commercial property manager, your responsibilities lie with your tenants and, by association, their clients. While location, safety and easy access are top priorities in regards to your buildings and parking, creating a cohesive, comforting atmosphere where people enjoy spending their days remains a huge part of your job. Your estate becomes a place where the tenant will potentially bring his customers, and your property must give the tenant the confidence that it will support the customer in choosing to work with him.
Valley Landscape Management can assist you in your choice and design, and install your vision to our typically high standard. Call 01322 279799 or submit a contact form.