Why Safety Is Better Than Forbearance
The obligation to ensure safety is a topic that is of undeniable relevance, especially in the real estate industry. We explain why it’s better to be safe than sorry. We also show how companies can meet the increasing demand for roof and facade inspections.
Statutory Safety Obligation
In Germany, traffic safety is regulated based on the German Civil Code (BGB). It represents a minimum level of protection landlords must provide to their tenants and the public. Traffic safety consists of periodic inspections that check the quality and integrity of buildings, structures, and installations
A Must Especially in Winter
Especially now, in the cold and often stormy season, the obligation to ensure safety is highly relevant for real estate companies. Those who didn’t take care of their buildings in summer now have roof tiles or loose branches flying in their face. But there is also a risk of water and frost damage if inspections are not carried out regularly and properly. A matter that can quickly become uncomfortable and expensive. Owners and administrators are liable for fines or even imprisonment for personal injury and damage to property.
Manual Inspections No Longer Feasible
Until now, inspections have often been carried out manually. Employees personally visited the buildings and facilities and visually inspected each element to look for damage or signs of wear. The information collected was then managed on paper or using spreadsheet programs. This process is time-consuming and costly and will no longer be affordable due to the increasing shortage of skilled workers. For this reason, more and more companies from various industries rely on automated and digitized processes.
The Solution: Digitized and Automated Processes
Digitized inspections are more efficient, precise, and safer because of repetitive workflow. The automation of the processes makes tasks predictable and comprehensible. Through software platforms, the monitoring, and documentation of processes is also easier. This also improves communication between staff and tenants as information is more easily assimilated, stored, and shared. After all, damage and defects can be identified and remedied more quickly in this way.