In this article, we’ll talk about when and why building issues occur. We’ll also go into some tried-and-true methods behind smart maintenance: avoiding unnecessary, expensive repairs that catch you by surprise.
Smart building maintenance is one of the best ways you can make you and your property stand out. A lot of building managers struggle to make their building maintenance efficient and effective, so putting together a great program will genuinely take your property to another level.
Here’s one of the most important aspects of building maintenance that you need to understand
This one element will help you make sense of all the techniques and strategies you’ll be learning here to make a dynamic, cost-effective maintenance program that gets results.
The element you have to internalize is that each building component has what’s called a “useful life expectancy.”
What that means is that each part of your building is designed to work for a designated amount of time before it needs to be maintained or replaced.
Think about your car again.
There’s the engine, breaks, tires, and oil, just to name a few components. Those items are designed to work for different amounts of time.
You don’t wait to get your oil changed until you need new tires. You maintain and replace each of the items at different intervals.
That’s why knowing the current condition of your building components gets you such spectacular results – it’s almost an unfair advantage.
This is key.
Some building managers just react to maintenance problems after they happen
They have no way of knowing when these problems will occur because they have no idea what the condition of each building component is.
They’re flying blind.
Now, if they’re smart and have a proper maintenance plan, people can still have to deal with emergency repairs.
That’s not ideal, but with a proactive building inspection, you can make emergency repairs an infrequent occurrence.
Get a clear understanding of what shape your building is in, so you can anticipate problems before they happen
This isn’t about doing whatever it takes to put out a fire and just pray a huge problem doesn’t pop up soon.
This is the secret that no one really tells you. The whole purpose of preventative maintenance and building inspections is to reduce the amount and size of all your maintenance projects.
Unfortunately, buildings just don’t last forever. You will always need to put some money towards maintaining them.
Here’s what you need to focus on: identify the current condition of your building components, and then, use your budget on the repairs that will prevent the largest, most expensive repairs from ever happening.