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Maintaining value of commercial property in Dubai

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Dubai is famed for being the city of skyscrapers. To keep these buildings functional, safe and spic and span, it is important to employ a building maintenance company. The company's services constitute the upkeep of property, and structural, electrical and plumbing systems.

General and preventive maintenance includes the upkeep and repair of lighting, plumbing, electrical and structural systems within buildings. A major part of this is the maintenance and the upgrade of electrical equipment, chillers, chilled water pipes, ducts and related equipment. Fire and safety maintenance is an important part of regular maintenance services and includes the regular testing of fire alarms, sprinkler systems and firefighting equipment. Other forms of maintenance include swimming pool maintenance, pest control and water tank cleaning.

Large establishments such as commercial high-rise buildings and manufacturing units may employ onsite maintenance staff whereas smaller establishments often opt for the convenience of on-demand services via call centers.

Most building maintenance companies offer the entire gamut of services listed above whereas there are some which cater specifically to one category, e.g. electrical or air conditioning.

When choosing a building maintenance provider, it is important for you to review their existing client list. An ISO certification or any other quality certifications obviously add to the company's credentials. Before signing the annual maintenance contract, you can request to have a trial run to gauge their responsiveness and customer service. You can also ask for an item-wise price list to compare its prices with those of other providers. In case your needs are limited and you are unsure, you can choose to opt for the pay-on-call scheme instead of signing a contract.

Working with a good building maintenance company improves your overall business productivity, so choose wisely.

Handy Hints:

• Review certifications and existing client list of prospective vendor

• Request for a trial run before signing the maintenance contract

• Ask for a price list and compare the costs of different providers

Know how to protect your assets by hiring a Facilities Management Company

Source: Dipshikha Mitra, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer