Property Maintenance – Truisms That Work
The reason we have to see the dentist every so often, even when our teeth are just fine, is to prevent painful problems with our teeth. Any dentist, or physician for that matter, advise patients to go for regular checkups.
They know that waiting to treat health problems until they arise can cause the patient pain and huge treatment costs. This truism that works well with our physical health is just as true when it comes to property maintenance.
If you care about the value of your property, you should give it the same treatment you give your personal health – regular inspections and immediate repair of trouble areas as soon as signs of wear or damage show. The sooner a maintenance issue is tackled, the easier and cheaper it is to prevent further costly repair.
Property Maintenance – The Benefits of Early Detection and Prevention
Scheduling regular inspection of your property is the ideal way to identify the repair or maintenance required before small problems become big issues that cost a lot more to fix. Small problems such as cracks and minor damage can deteriorate very quickly unless they are discovered and fixed timely.
When a property maintenance contractor inspects a property, he or she will be better informed regarding any preventive maintenance steps required to improve the safety or the value of the property. Recurring problems that may have been fixed in the past should also be inspected to determine whether solutions applied were effective or not.
According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), it costs as much as four to five times to fix an issue on a property compared to preventing the said problem through a routine, consistent maintenance program. This cost goes beyond monetary value if you also consider the inconvenience that tenants have to put up with as the time-consuming repairs are conducted.
Property Maintenance – Principles of Problem Prevention
There are few and straightforward principles of preventing problems on a property and general property maintenance.
The most important principle is that owners must schedule routine, consistent, and frequent inspections of the property. These inspections must be followed up with immediate and appropriate interventions that resolve any issues discovered during the inspection. The problems that could cause the costliest repairs should have the most attention and be fixed first.
A seasonal inspection and maintenance checklist could be valuable to address climate-related problems, where and how they affect the property integrity, and the remedies or repairs to resolve them. Keeping track of these maintenance details will help the owner keep track of repairs and generate data that can be used to develop a reserve fund for future repairs and replacement.
Property Maintenance – Keeping Track and Following Up
Finally, if you are a property owner or manager, consider implementing a system of communication (enlist tenants and show them how to contact you) and use an automated ticketing system to help keep track of repairs, flag priority items, and follow-up after repairs. Such an automated system can prove useful in extending the life of your property by providing actionable data and keeping issues from “falling through the cracks”.
Have questions about your property maintenance? Give C & L Services a call at 732-886-1940 for a free consultation. We’re experts at helping property owners prevent issues and keep costs down with their property maintenance.