Multifamily housing is becoming more competitive than ever, making it important to offer attractive amenities to set your property apart from others. With more and more people trying to live an active lifestyle, providing an on-site fitness center is an especially powerful way for property managers to attract and retain residents. This makes it easier for residents to not only stay active but also connect with the greater community around them.
That’s why we’re sharing our top 4 best practices for maintaining your fitness center. Keep your gym in top shape so your residents can enjoy their favorite workouts day after day, week after week, month after month!
1. Provide User Education
User education is an important cornerstone of fitness center maintenance. By educating your residents on the proper ways to use the different equipment, they are better equipped to use the equipment without any unnecessary wear and tear. Consider providing orientation sessions for new users to cover your fitness center’s rules and etiquette, and post these guidelines somewhere everyone can see them. This can cover reminders about sharing equipment, wiping down machines, and other etiquette that contributes to a clean environment.
2. Stay on Top of Cleaning
Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness standards is essential for providing a fitness center. On a daily basis, staff should wipe down all equipment surfaces with disinfectant, clean the floors, empty the trash, and maintain any sanitizing stations. Then, on a biweekly basis or at another regular interval, property managers should schedule deep cleanings to cover areas that might be overlooked in daily cleaning. Remember that residents can help maintain a clean environment by wiping down equipment before and after use with sanitizing wipes.
3. Track Equipment Safety Checks, Usage, and Repairs
Everytime you purchase new equipment, clean it, inspect it, or work on it, there should be a record of that work. Start by taking inventory of all your equipment, including when you purchased each item, its cost, and current condition. If any equipment comes with a warranty, be sure to register your equipment and follow any necessary requirements.
Even with the best maintenance, your equipment will eventually need repairs. Timely repairs not only help extend the life cycle of your equipment but also help you get the maximum value from your investment. Maintaining a detailed record of repairs helps you understand the wear and tear and can help forecast when replacement might be necessary.
4. Leverage maintenance software for streamlined operations
To stay on top of your maintenance best practices, consider leveraging maintenance software to enhance your efficiency and accuracy. Look for a solution like BuildingLink that can house a directory of equipment, placing important details such as manufacturer specifications, warranties, and estimated replacement dates right at your fingertips. Never run out of paper towels or sanitizing solutions with tools that track on-hand inventory quantities, measure usage, and generate notifications when critical levels are reached. From inventory management to scheduling and analytics, the right software helps property managers make more informed decision-making and take a proactive approach to maintenance.
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