If your business has received a commercial cleanup abatement order, now's the time to take action. If you've received previous cleanup requests from the city, this will be your last notice. Once the time runs out on the abatement order, the city can hire its own contractor to take care of the cleanup.

Unfortunately, the bill for that cleanup will get sent to you, or added to your property tax bill. That's why it's important for you to take care of the abatement before the situation gets to that point. Never dealt with a commercial abatement order before? Read the information provided below. You'll find four steps to help you through the abatement process. 

Contact the Municipal Office 

If you've received a commercial abatement order, the first thing you need to do is contact the municipal office that issued the order. You want to do that for a couple of reasons. First, you can let the office know that you're starting the cleanup. This will stop them from hiring their own contractor. Second, you can get clarification on the cleanup orders. That way, you don't miss crucial instructions included in the orders. 

Hire an Abatement Contractor

Once you've contacted the municipal office, you'll need to hire an abatement contractor. This is especially important if the order involves a large cleanup project. Or, if it includes the removal of hazardous materials. Hiring an abatement contractor ensures that the job gets done right. It also ensures that the proper permits are obtained. Not only that, but abatement contractors work with the city on a regular basis. That means they know what the inspectors will look for. 

Adhere to the Abatement Orders

If you're worried about the cost of cleanup, you might try to cut some corners. That's one of the worst things you can do. If the abatement orders aren't followed, you could end up facing more fines and penalties. On top of that, the city could hire an abatement company to finish the job. That means you'll be forced to pay two abatement contractors. Avoid the costs and the stresses. Be sure to follow the abatement orders when arranging the cleanup. 

Request a Follow-Up Inspection

Once the abatement project is done, you'll want to schedule a follow-up inspection. The inspection gives the city a chance to view the property. If the work is completed, the city will sign off on the abatement order. It's a good idea to be present during the final abatement inspection. That way, you can receive further instructions if there are other issues.