Living and working in a safe and well-kept home or office is important…to everyone. Your staff wants to be able to work in an office that is nice. Your clients want to live in a home that is well cared for. You can meet these needs by using a few of our tips for making property maintenance a bit easier and more realistic for your home care agency.
Work with a Property Maintenance Company
Let’s start with your current home care office. If there is a small leak in the bathroom, do you tend to let it go without resolving it quickly or are you someone that grabs a wrench and fixes it yourself? Take the pressure off of yourself by choosing to work with a property maintenance company that offers handyman services to small offices just like yours.
Before you enter into a contract, talk with the landlord you rent your office space from. Double-check your rental agreement to determine if your landlord is required to fund and set-up any property maintenance. Then, get a bid from at least three local companies to see which plans and pricing best suits your needs and budgets.
Consider Offering Property Maintenance Services
While many home care agencies already offer services like grocery shopping, meal preparation, and housekeeping, the majority do not offer home maintenance services. You can fill this gap in your local market by offering property maintenance services through your home care agency. Don’t ask your caregivers to suddenly become property maintenance experts; instead, you can educate them on some services while you partner with a local handyman service to handle the rest of the requests.
You will find that your property maintenance services become a major referral source for your caregiver or companionship services. Many local seniors will come to you for assistance with handyman type of activities and then end up inquiring about other services months or years later. It is well worth the investment!
Caregivers vs. Handymen
Your caregivers already do some property maintenance tasks (think: changing lightbulbs when needed). However, you can educate them on more maintenance tasks and even make those tasks a part of their semiannual or annual skills workshop. Ideas for tasks caregivers could learn to do that would add value and safety to a client’s home include:
- Tightening leaky valves
- Hanging pictures
- Pulling weeds
- Shoveling snow off the porch, stairs, and sidewalk
When you contract with a local handyman service, or hire your own team to do the work in-house, these are the types of tasks these professionals can do for clients:
- Landscaping, including mowing grass
- Cleaning out gutters
- Washing windows
- Fixing the garbage disposal
- Installing grab bars or shower seats
- Repairing items throughout the home
These light property maintenance tasks will be exceedingly valuable to the clients who receive them. Even better, you’ll have the chance to serve even more older adults throughout your community.
Article written by Haley Burress.
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