TYPES OF MAINTENANCE
Source:Essential Facts: Real Estate Management
Joseph DeCarlo-Warren-Gorham-& Lamont
For purposes of budgeting and scheduling, maintenance tasks are divided into 4 types:
#1 Service maintenance: Unforeseen breakdowns & tenant service requests: these maintenance jobs are further classified as:
A-Immediate (gas leak)
B-Same day (clogged toilet)
C-When time permits (leaking faucet)
#2 Routine maintenance: General maintenance to common areas, grounds & equipment, as well as janitorial duties: these tasks are not performed in response to tenant requests, but are necessary to enhance the property’s visual (*& functional) appeal.
#3 Preventive maintenance: Some tasks are performed on a regularly scheduled basis to prevent minor problems from leading to major breakdowns or emergencies, including (*but not limited to) fixing cracks in the pavement, replacing air conditioning filters, painting the building’s exterior, etc.
#4 Deferred maintenance: In some cases, ordinary maintenance is postponed to a later date, usually because of lack of funds. Deferred maintenance reduces the property’s value & desirability to tenants.