With the Onset of Summer, MaintenX International Gives Local Businesses Tips on Closed, Dark Stores

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Since it’s important to maintain a dark location, the company offers solutions to ensure proper upkeep of the property.

When a retail store goes out of business, the facility maintenance industry considers the location a “dark store.” Even though business is no longer open, it’s important to maintain the property, especially during summer months.

“Maintaining a dark, closed store is extremely important for any business,” said Mary Ann Velez, MaintenX’s Director of National Service. “A dark storefront can quickly become an eyesore if not maintained properly, which can lead to a violation from the city or a ticket from local authorities. In addition, you want to ensure your location is presentable for potential tenants, making it a stronger sell.”

For more than 30 years, MaintenX and its network of highly trained professionals have served as a one-stop-shop for local businesses and their facility needs. Below are a few tips to help you maintain your dark store:

1.    Hold Quarterly Inspections
You’ll want to make sure everything at the closed location stays in working order. Hold quarterly inspections to make sure critical systems are still working, such as plumbing, air conditioning and electricity. This will not only stop the building from deteriorating, but it will also make the property more marketable for a sale.

2.    Make Necessary Repairs
Don’t leave repairs for future tenants. It’s important to take care of maintenance issues as soon as they happen. No potential buyer is going to want to have a laundry list of repairs to make before they can move into your space.

3.    Maintain Landscaping
The curb appeal of a location can make or break a property. Beautiful flowers, thriving trees and nicely-trimmed bushes go a long way to patrons. By maintaining proper landscaping, your dark store will look fantastic and future tenants will be eager to take the storefront off your hands.

4.    Partake in Preventative Maintenance
In addition to quarterly inspections, having a proper preventative maintenance plan in place will prevent you from having to fix problems after the fact. You don’t want your location to go into disrepair, so be sure to clean the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, repair leaks and water jet pipes to keep things in tip-top shape.

5.    Know Your Lease
Be sure to understand the terms and limits of your lease with the property. Often, a lease can expire while the store is dark. You don’t want to maintain a property that is no longer your responsibility.

For more information about MaintenX, visit http://www.maintenx.com.

ABOUT MAINTENX INTERNATIONAL:
MaintenX International is a fully licensed, general contracting company. As one of the largest national facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians that includes a national subcontractor network of over 45,000 members. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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