Aside from Willard, a fictional young man who had an unusual connection with rats, most of us don’t like thinking about pest control, let alone having conversations about it. Unfortunately, pest control is a reality for all forms of property management, including commercial real estate.
From cockroaches and ants to rats, bats and more, property managers have to deal with a wide variety of unwanted pests. How is this even possible when there are so many other tasks property managers need to complete? The key lies in this truth: pest control needs to be preventative, not reactive. It needs to be top-of-mind for a commercial real estate professional to save money and protect your reputation in the long run.
The Importance of Preventative Pest Control
Two of the biggest concerns when it comes to property management and pest control are angry tenants and property damage. To avoid being surprised by either of these two situations, it’s important to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to pest control, as mentioned above. That means scheduling regular pest control preventative maintenance, keeping in regular contact with your pest control company and documenting everything so you aren’t caught off guard.
When you’re preventative about pest control, you can avoid potential health compromises, staff distractions, reduced property value, unhappy tenants and other unwanted scenarios. Fortunately, property management software makes preventative pest control easier.
Property Management Software and Pest Control
Pest control is just one of a myriad of property management tasks you can control with the right software. Take Quarem, for example. With Quarem, here are just a few ways landlords and other CRE pros can manage pest control better:
- Use the critical date feature to create recurring email reminders about future pest control maintenance.
- Use the contact management feature to maintain an organized list of the pest control vendors they work with.
- Use the document management feature to organize any receipts, photos or documents related to their pest control efforts.
- Use the project management feature to oversee the pest control process by creating tasks and assigning them to contacts.
- Use the property notes to keep a record of maintenance for each property they manage.
The best part? Everything mentioned above can be tied to either an individual lease or an entire portfolio of properties. If you’re interested in seeing property management software in action, request a demo of Quarem today.