Maintaining a property is a never-ending task. Once you think that everything has been dealt with, something else inevitably crops up. If you simply react to a problem whenever it arises, you could find yourself facing a lot of inconvenience and unnecessary expenses. This is why a planned maintenance programme is advisable, irrespective of whether you are responsible for a factory, a whole estate, or a commercial building.
The problem with being reactive
When an unexpected problem occurs, it can be incredibly frustrating, especially as issues seem to happen at the most inconvenient of times. In a lot of cases, these issues will need to be dealt with straight away otherwise they can cause even more damage to the property. This may mean that you need to close your business for a number of days or that other plans need to be cancelled. You are also going to be faced with an expensive and unexpected repair bill, and if you’ve had to close your business, you’re going to be losing money in that respect too. Instead, you can manage the condition of your property with regular maintenance.
The benefits of regular maintenance
The cost of regular maintenance is a lot lower and you know how much you are going to pay every quarter or year, for example. This means that you have no nasty surprises – rather, you have a programme of planned maintenance that you can control and complete on your terms. You will not only save money in the short run, but the long term as well, as potential defects will be identified and addressed before they become costly disasters. This ensures the physical deterioration of your property is minimised, which will in turn increase your property’s value over time.
A vital tool in preserving older structures
A comprehensive planned maintenance programme is vital for all types of buildings, especially older buildings, a lot of which do not have a maintenance programme in place. This is worrying, as small problems can quickly magnify if they are overlooked. With an older building, the entire structure must be assessed to ensure the useful and economic life of the property is optimised. It is also worth noting that legislative and statutory property requirements are regularly updated, which raises the upkeep standards that are expected. All in all, planned maintenance is a vital asset management strategy for businesses, particularly those in older buildings, ensuring optimal value and preserving the building.
How to plan your maintenance
The planned maintenance required depends entirely on your property. Reputable companies will not provide a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, a professional will make a detailed survey of your building so that they can determine what scheduled works are required, which could be anything from structural surveys to dealing with asbestos related issues. They will then estimate costs and work out what projects need attending to first.
One thing that is worth considering is that access can be a real issue, especially in regards to commercial and industrial buildings. This is something that can pose further problems and expenses if you react to issues instead of implementing planned maintenance. Luckily, this is something you don’t have to worry about if you choose Highwire, as we can develop an effective planned maintenance programme for your property ensuring you have the right equipment to access all areas.