Make a great first impression – Here’s why exterior office cleaning is important

outside office cleaning

Everybody is hyper-conscious about ensuring that their workspace inside is kept clean and tidy but the exterior is often forgotten.

Here’s why exterior office cleaning is important and why you should set about cleaning the outside as well as inside.

The exterior of your office building is the first thing that potential clients and visitors see and is almost always forgotten about even though it’s an extremely important first impression to yield. A filthy, stained exterior, poor guttering, patches of grass and moss all contribute to a less than pleasing look and it’s something that businesses should be actively thinking about to keep up a good image.

But what do you need to check?

Here’s a short checklist for you to use as a guideline to establish what potentially needs doing around your office premises:

Windows

Although one of the more popular elements that is widely adopted by businesses, many still forget to get the windows cleaned– if the windows aren’t gleaming, you should definitely seek to get a cleaner asap.

Guttering

I cannot stress the importance of ensuring that you have your guttering done regularly at your commercial premises. Not only do blocked gutters look unsightly, but they can also cause damage to the building. It’s best to get the guttering done to save money in the long term.

General external grounds maintenance

With your busy schedule inside the office, the external is often neglected and general grounds maintenance is essential to keeping up appearances. You should be looking at ensuring that the weeding is done and that everything is trimmed to look neat and tidy.

The Facts about first impressions

Interestingly, a study conducted by the OIE Foundation into the psychology of first impressions of a workplace found that 73% of all 2500 participants would judge a business based on its external image. Candidates said they’d be more likely to decline working with a business if they felt that they’d not looked after their external grounds / image.

This is extremely important data for companies to take heed of and one that could clearly cause a deal-breaking mentality in visitors or clients minds – before even speaking to you face to face.

There’s help at hand!

Clearly with our busy schedules we’re not able to take care of day to day business and be experts at cleaning the external of our offices – but, there are specialist companies that do provide these types of services.

Hiring an external company to come and do an assessment/audit of the external of your office building could throw up some insights on what needs to be done and accordingly, you can ask for a quote.

I can’t speak for companies across the UK, but certainly can recommend the Seers Group in Cardiff, but if you’re not in the Cardiff area, a quick Google search should throw up some good companies available in your area.

Make sure you get a few quotes from different companies and don’t be afraid to ask about references and to see their previous work. It’s also advisable to search for testimonials and reviews – they’re always helpful in guiding you in the right direction.