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Facility Landscaping: Your Business has Seven Seconds to Make a First Impression

Facility Landscaping: Your Business has Seven Seconds to Make a First Impression

The Power of First Impressions

According to Forbes magazine, you and your business have seven seconds or less to make a first impression.  In fact, new research is showing that we begin to make judgments within a tenth of a second of encountering a new person or facility. What does this mean for facility managers?

When it comes to facility maintenance, taking care of your building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are often front-of-mind.  Because problems with these systems can disrupt operations and temporarily shut down your building, they tend to receive the lion’s share of attention.  On a limited maintenance budget, “soft” assets such as the landscaping tend to get crowded out and land on the back burner.   

But these soft assets make very hard impressions on prospective tenants and their customers well before they ever set foot inside and have an opportunity to see how well you take care of everything else. 

The True North of facility management is to maximize the desirability of your building as a place to be for tenants and their customers while minimizing the cost of doing so.  If prospective tenants are swerving around potholes while trying to find a parking spot and then looking at dandelions and dried grass before they reach the front door, they will be left with an impression that the facility is poorly maintained – no matter how great things are inside.  With occupancy levels in commercial office buildings plummeting during the COVID-19 pandemic, can you afford to make a bad first impression?

How CMMS Software Helps 

There are two key ways in which CMMS software like SimpleFM helps facility managers with corrective maintenance:

  • Keeping your preventative maintenance on schedule.  CMMS applications like Simple FM give you one centralized place to plan and track preventative maintenance work orders to completion.  By eliminating sticky notes and keeping progress visible, you have a much better chance of getting the work done on time.


Like everything else in facilities, preventative maintenance of your landscaping is cheaper than reactive maintenance.  Taking care of weeds and mowing and watering the lawn may seem like small details, but allowing problems to fester is a surefire way to drive up your total cost of operations.

  • Access to a powerful network of partners.  SimpleFM’s experienced team can provide connections to vetted contractors to perform your work.  With so many companies finding themselves short of people during the pandemic, expanding your network of providers gives you more confidence that your work orders will get done correctly, on time, and at a competitive price. 

CMMS that is right for YOU

SimpleFM’s facility maintenance software and experienced team help organizations manage, monitor, and control maintenance including: equipment, resources, and regulatory compliance. Let us handle your facility and job management needs and help your organization save time and money. Interested to see how easy facilities can be?  Sign up for a Demo or email us at sales@simplefm.com.

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Service providers and building owners know that managing multiple work orders at once can be more of a headache than it’s worth. Between back-and-forth emails, missed phone calls, and late-night text messages, it’s easy to drop the ball on one or several important maintenance tasks. SimpleFM is the #1 Facilities Maintenance Software.

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