Many of us have been there: walking into a room and seeing water staining on the ceiling or water dripping from the inside of a window. Or maybe your building is starting to show its senior status and it is becoming very apparent that major repairs are on the horizon.
Whether you sit on a condominium board, manage a commercial property, or the only building you have to worry about is your own home, ensuring repairs are done right can be a great source of stress.
Some of us may be willing to tackle repairs in our own homes but most of us are not so inclined or do not have the time. When the issue is with a condominium or commercial building, repairing it yourself is not even an option.
Regardless of the reason, when you are looking for a company to complete a repair on your building, a question that frequently crosses your mind is how to make sure the work gets done right the first time.
Why is this important?
When you take your vehicle to the shop to get repaired you want to have it fixed properly the first time. You don’t want to make multiple trips for multiple repair attempts and pay multiple bills.
The same is true with repairs to your buildings. When it’s done right your problem is solved the first time and you won’t have to worry about that issue any more. You don’t have the fear of the issue coming up again and having to pay for multiple costly repairs of the same issue.
The bottom line is that repairs need to be done right so they only need to be done once, and you can move on in your life, and in your job, and enjoy your homes and buildings instead of stressing over them.
When repairs are done improperly, stress and frustration levels and the costs to correct related damages increase. In the case of condominiums or commercial buildings, the occupants affected by the issues can lose confidence in those they trusted to ensure the building is being properly maintained.
So what can you as a homeowner, condominium board member, or building manager do to ensure the work is done right the first time?
Take the time to prepare and properly plan the repair.
This should include engaging a professional to help you design the repair. Whether large or small repairs, building envelopes are complex systems that need to be properly detailed to ensure proper performance. Engaging a building envelope consultant will provide an unbiased expert solution for your building envelope issues. Consultants can also help recommend remediation contractors that have the necessary skills to complete your required repairs. (Image of Building Envelope detail)
Once the required repair has been determined and necessary designs completed it is time to find someone to complete the work. This involves not just finding someone to do the work for the right price, but finding the right contractor. There are two things to look for in finding a contractor that will be most likely to do the job right the first time:
1. Find someone that you can communicate well with. Communication is the most important part of any project to ensure it is done properly and meets your expectations. It is important to have a few good conversations with the contractor to ensure you communicate well.
2. Check for solid, positive references. This is more than just reading the reviews on a contractor’s website. You need to find former customers that have had similar repairs completed and talk with them about their experiences with the contractor.
Once you have selected a contractor, communication is key to ensure the work is completed properly the first time and meets everyone’s expectations.
We are dedicated to doing the work right the first time with proper detailing that functions as intended and conforms to the designs and specifications for the project. We are also dedicated to ensuring you, the customer, are satisfied with the completed project and we will not rest until you are. This is the Taylor way.
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