Have You Done These Summer Maintenance Checks on Your Store?

The first “official” day of summer is just over one month away. For a small business, the start of summer can mean many things — an opportunity to run a sale, host an outdoor event, or generally revel in the nicer weather. But as the season changes, you’ll also want to make sure your physical workplace is adequately prepared. Luckily, our friends over at Happy Inspector, a property inspection app, have a list of boxes you’ll want to check before summer kicks into full gear. Read on for their tips.

Here’s a list of things you’ll want a plan for:

Keep your employees happy.

Happy employees mean happy customers (and a better workplace environment in general). So if you live in a city that can reach sweltering temperatures, make sure you have everything in place to keep your space comfortable. Checking to make sure your air conditioning works is a no-brainer here (more tips on HVAC maintenance below), as is getting fans for particularly stuffy places (like the stock room). You should also do everything you can to encourage employees to hydrate during their shifts — either by bringing in a cooler or stocking your fridge (people seem to love that coconut water).

Keep your food happy (and safe).

If you sell perishable food, some things to consider:

Clean up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

A clogged filter wreaks havoc on your HVAC. That’s because dirty filters slow down air flow, wasting energy and making the system work harder to cool. Here’s how to prevent that from happening:

Keep the pests out.

Changes in weather (and especially warmer temps) bring out the insects. Ants are probably the most common problem for food establishments, as they can enter through the tiniest cracks on the hunt for sweet, greasy, or protein-based foods. What’s more, they leave an invisible pheromone trail for other ants to follow once they find a good food source (how nice of them). Here’s how to keep them out this season:

We hope these tips help you keep business running smoothly this summer. Happy summer selling.

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