By Damien Finnegan
Having a Planned Maintenance Programme/Capital Expenditure Plan (PMP/Capex Plan) that enables building repairs to be properly scheduled and budgeted for sounds like an obvious solution for the upkeep of blocks of flats and other major buildings.
Yet it’s amazing how often landlords, property managers and boards of directors fail to engage a surveyor to produce a plan or act on their existing PMP/Capex Plan, which means they often end up fire-fighting. In other words, carrying out repairs reactively, on an as-and-when basis. This is one of the ‘seven deadly sins’ – or common mistakes – of block maintenance.
The other six are:
But all of the above can be easily avoided. Here’s how.
Know and understand your building
Firstly, it is essential to know everything there is to know about the property –
If you don’t know, find out and get expert advice.
It goes without saying that having an up-to-date PMP/Capex Plan will help landlords and property managers to make informed decisions and set appropriate budgets to keep on top of their responsibilities.
Debunking the mythology behind the common mistakes
Unfortunately the road to successful block maintenance is littered with obstacles that can easily be overcome.
One of these is in not knowing where to start, as there is insufficient or inaccurate information about the state of the building. The answer is to get expert advice and invest in a proper maintenance plan.
Another myth is that anyone can put a budget plan together which will take into account all necessary works and costs. An effective budget plan needs to be created by a relevant qualified expert and will take account of things like phasing, coordinating scaffold-dependent works together. This will cost less than the long-term consequences of not adopting the right approach.
Similarly, trying to organise and manage works without the appropriate technical and management skills usually leads to shoddy workmanship and wasting money.
Overcoming the common mistakes
Here are the recommended steps for avoiding the ‘seven deadly sins’ of block maintenance:
Following the above will ultimately remove the roadblocks to keeping your building in a good state of maintenance and repair.
IT’S A FACT
Posted on 5 April, 2016