Many businesses have suffered expensive repairs, lawsuits, or other disasters simply because they weren't ready for winter. Winter doesn't need to be intimidating, though. Most of the steps you take in preparation for it are simple. You just need to remember and communicate them to your team. A few steps of preparation, and making sure your employees are prepared and resourced, can save you a mountain of headaches down the road.

Here are 8 crucial things to remember as you prepare your business for winter:

One of the worst feelings you can experience is when your home needs a major repair during the winter. If the repair can even be done, you know it will be expensive. If it inconveniences you in any way, well now you're inconvenienced in the cold. Repairs often mean adjusting habits for a time, and there's less flexibility to change your life around a repair during the winter. There are some crucial ways you can prepare your home for winter, in a way that avoids problems and protects your wallet.

The power of the sun is nothing short of incredible: it produces 430 quintillion Joules of energy each hour. The amount of energy humans use in a year is 410 quintillion Joules! If we can harness even a fraction of this, we can substantially reduce our dependency on other, less sustainable forms of energy.

Technology continues to advance, helping us capture this powerful - and renewable - resource. Keeping solar panels clean ensures they do this as effectively and efficiently as possible.

When you own or run retirement and apartment communities, the list of “to do’s” never ends! There is always a project, a repair, an installation, or a tenant issue to handle. Time is one of the most important assets you have - and there is never enough!

Using professional window washing services can help free up more of this valuable resource so you can do what you do best: serve your residents and offer a beautiful property for them to enjoy.