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Is Planned Preventative Maintenance Worth Doing?

1 Jun 2024

The state of the nations school buildings is a perfect example of why routine and preventative maintenance regimes ultimately pay off.

BBC Panorama: Britain’s Crumbling Schools (Jan 2024) (available on BBC iPlayer), looks at the repercussions of a failure to maintain, and why scrimping on preventative maintenance is a false economy. Concerns over the widely reported crumbling concrete (RAAC), are just the tip of the iceberg.

“Saving a pound now, means you’ll end up with a bigger problem and spending more, in the long run”.

Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?

Without timely and quality maintenance, buildings can quickly deteriorate and become ‘money pits’. Problems are stacked up for the future and become bigger, more costly, or even catastrophic (such as heating failure or, in the worst cases, the potential for collapse).  And relying on just carrying out prompt reactive repairs, can lead to ‘chasing your tail’.

As has happened with our schools, the work required to rectify unchecked decay, and a failure to plan for replacing life- expired elements, may lead to other potentially expensive ‘consequential’ work and significant disruption to business operations, in addition to the costs associated with the work, that may otherwise have been avoided.

Like gardens, buildings require regular and preventative maintenance. The more you fall behind with routine (planned) maintenance, the more you will need to spend and a backlog is created.

How Do You Plan Building Maintenance?

Prompt reactive repairs, and routine (planned preventive) maintenance go hand in hand to keep on top of things. A regular cycle of work each year, planned around expected life spans and typical rates of decay that can occur in various parts of a building’s construction, is good planning – prevention is better than cure.

For commercial buildings, whether owned or leased, a planned programme of preventative maintenance can:

Get in Touch With SMC Brownill Vickers – We Can Help

Our building surveyors our experts in preparing preventative maintenance plans for buildings and estates, and can be prepared on a 5-, 10-, 20- year basis. If you own or lease a building, and want to address a previous lack of maintenance, plan for minimising building repairs budgets, or plan well ahead of lease end, then talk to one of our MRICS qualified building surveyors. Use our contact form, or get in touch using or +44 (0)114 273 8377.


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