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May

Facility Management: Choosing the right Vendor

It’s one thing to have a car or a house or an equipment, it’s another to maintain it. Any item that is not consistently maintained will most likely go out of order in no time. This is why when we buy a car, we wash it, take it to the shop for servicing; when we buy a house we paint it, mow the lawn, vacuum it, fix faulty plumbings, etc.

Imagine you own a company, or companies in different locations or you own a property or properties. These facilities have to be well managed and consistently maintained to keep them in good shape and running efficiently. Keeping up with the day to day business as well maintenance is a lot of work and most people and organizations do not want to be burdened with all that. Instead they find a way to outsource the maintenance and management of their facilities and properties to businesses that exist for the sole purpose of maintaining and managing properties and company facilities. These businesses are referred to as Facility Management Companies.

What is a facility management company?

A facility management company is a company that takes care of all responsibility of the company or property owner such as maintenance, repairs and  services in order to ensure smooth running of the day-to-day business. Facility management companies offer a wide range of services such as:

  • Housekeeping and janitorial services
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Door repair services
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Security services
  • Catering and hospitality services

As a facility management company, you can spread your tentacles to cover a wide range of facilities and provide a wide range of services, which would in turn help you to maximize profit. But to do this it is important to partner with the right people with the right set of skills. These people are the facility management vendors.

Why do facility management companies need vendors?

Simply put, vendors help facility management companies to save time and make more money. Your company can be located in one state and have vendors in different states. When there’s a job at a particular location, all you need do is send the vendor within that location to deliver the service. And with a wide range of vendors with different areas of expertise, you have more to offer, thus increasing your client base and increasing profit.

How to choose the right vendor

As necessary as getting a vendor is, it is more important to ensure that you choose the right one. Imagine having a vendor who is not always available when called upon, such an inconsistent and unreliable vendor, can only bring a negative impact on the business. It could cost you your reputation, time and money. 

Below are some guidelines that would aid you in choosing the right vendor:

  1. Check if the vendor is insured and licensed.
  2. Check out their portfolio and references. Get a review from people they have provided services for in the past.
  3. Have a face-to-face interview with them. This would give you an opportunity to closely analyse the vendor.
  4. Check out their history. How long have they been in business? The longer they’ve been in business, the more reliable they could be. Why? Because for a company to be in business for long, it means they know what they are doing, they can get the job done.
  5. Find out their safety and security plan. Do they observe safety rules? How do they handle classified information?
  6. Find out how well they respond to emergency situations. Do they have a backup plan in case of emergency?

This list is not an exhaustive one, but it would definitely put you on the right track in getting the right vendor to partner with your company.

At Fortecho LLC, our services range from housekeeping to electrical repairs and installation. We have been in business for some years and are currently partners with EMCOR, NGG Services and OneSource as facility management vendors and we are looking to expand our partnership with other facility managers in the midwest region of the United States of America.

For more information, contact us or have a Live chat with one of our representatives.

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