We often see people spending unnecessary money on fixing problems, simply because it has been neglected and has got worse as time goes on.
This applies to both domestic and commercial properties. We have seen some domestic properties that have been better looked after than some commercial properties, and vice versa.
You need to ask yourself how much are you willing to spend in order to avoid paying bigger repair fees in the long run. This is something that we call ‘preventive maintenance’.
Basically this means that you’re avoiding these large, one-off costs by employing regular maintenance throughout your annual plan. There will be ongoing tasks that require regular attention, there are investments that you can make that will assist in the prevention of potential issues and nasty surprises.
The ability to identify potential problems at their earliest stage is a big help, but with the best will in the world, some issues just can’t be foreseen or prevented.
By surveying the property and keeping on top of jobs in and around the building, issues can be identified quicker and then addressed before a minor problem escalates to major one with larger costs attached.
Identifying problems early means that it can be dealt with quicker and can keep the look of the property. Flaking paint for example will look unsightly, but if it’s remedied quickly, the building keeps it’s freshness and positive outlook, this is something that landlord or anyone dealing with real estate should consider.
Let’s take gutter cleaning for example; an annual gutter clean will help ensure that water runs freely from the roof to the drains. Any defects in the gutters are identified at an early stage and can repaired before any substantial internal damage is caused.
The gutters protect the internals, walls, windows, mortar, fascias and soffits. The number of issues that can arise with each of these protected areas is extensive, so regular maintenance can avoid substantial repair costs from hundreds to thousands of pounds.
It’s important that the above points are carried out in both domestic and commercial properties. There is less work required for domestic properties than commercial, due to the scale of the buildings.
Commercial properties have more obligation to have regular maintenance to keep in line with the Duty of Care to staff, but this is extremely important for domestic buildings too. Although there are no legal obligations for regular maintenance, it can directly affect the people living at the property, such as elderly people, young children and/or pets.
We hope this has given you an idea of the benefits of regular maintenance. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you.
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