Building Maintenance - are you prepared or unexpected repairs?
By: Whittle Programmed Maintenance
Keeping good maintenance helps a property retain or even increase its value, makes it a pleasant place to live for residents or to work at for employees, and assists in preventing more serious damage and safety hazards.
Planning well head is essential to keep standards high and avoiding unwanted surprises.
Depending on the state as well as the size of the property, regulations will vary in regards to the required maintenance plans and maintenance cycles. Regardless of whether a plan is mandatory, it is recommended practice to implement a maintenance plan with a minimum forecast of 10 years, although 15 to 20 years is more common.
To finance this plan a long-term sinking fund will be required to ensure the cash flow is available to cover regular services.
A long-term forecast helps to identify repair and maintenance expenses that are likely to occur during the forecast period and calculate the amount of money the sinking fund will require to fund these expenses.
Preventative maintenance vs reactive maintenance
Long-term forecasting allows for preventative maintenance (regularly scheduled maintenance regardless of condition) of the property instead of reactive maintenance (only performed when conditions have deteriorated to an unacceptable level).
Just as a visit to the dentist every 6 months (while still uncomfortable)
Preventative maintenance keeps things in optimum condition, which helps the building looking consistently good increasing value, keeping occupiers happy and ensuring maximum life expectancy of the asset is achieved.
As reactive maintenance isn’t performed until it is no longer avoidable, it can bring about unexpected costs and downtime. Sourcing labour and materials on short notice will generally be far more expensive than when it has been scheduled in advance, and if something has been left to deteriorate long enough it could need to be completely replaced, incurring even further costs. Allowing a building and its facilities to deteriorate over an extended period of time can reduce the value of the property and leave occupier feeling dissatisfied with their surroundings.
The importance of a professional painting programme
For Maintenance Managers keeping a regular painting programme is one of the most beneficial plans that can be undertaken. Consistent planned painting helps to protect external substrates like timber fascias and windows from breakdown, helping to extend the life of the building. Keeping the property’s appearance up to standard will help to maintain the property value and entice future residents or occupiers.
Whittle Programmed Maintenance provide maintenance painting programmes tailored specifically to suit the unique needs of any property. With over 40 years’ experience in developing and delivering maintenance painting solutions across the UK. Whittle Programmed Maintenance can help ensure a property is kept to the highest quality, with consistent service and costing to simplify maintenance, improve appearance and save money. What’s more you can enjoy this high standard of presentation and avoid that initial capital outlay with our unique long term programme.
Pauline Scrivener - School Business Manager commented "Whittle has been carrying out planned maintenance works at Lode Heath School and Sports College during the past 11 years. The planned model works exceptionally well for us in terms of managing both our budget and our long term needs for maintaining our buildings. In taking this approach, I have guaranteed peace of mind that our buildings are being taken care of, allowing me to focus on the broader school operation."
Jon Moore – Chief Executive – Moor Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire “We are delighted with the finished result. Our 10 year maintenance programme is a very cost-effective and efficient way of carrying out such a hugely difficult task”.