Prevention is always better than cure and preventative maintenance is a proven and cost-effective way to protect property by extending the life cycle of the buildings’ assets. For example a roofing and guttering maintenance programme will reduce potentially costly damage from floods and leaks.
Effective property management involves three elements of maintenance:
- Every day activities for example cleaning and gardening.
- Scheduled and cyclical work including clearing drains, testing fire alarms and pruning trees.
- Planned property maintenance such as decorating common parts, resurfacing car park and roof repairs.
We will then develop a programme of work that will always take into account the unique characteristics of the building to identify and prioritise what needs to be done and also help with budgeting for major projects that might be needed in the future.
This is a complex and challenging activity that draws on the full range of surveying skills but it will ensure that the building and its components are properly maintained and satisfy legal obligations as well as helping to prevent any nasty surprises.
It also means that work that might require Section 20 consultation with leaseholders or planning permission with a local authority is correctly planned.