The beginning of a new year brings with it as much excitement as it does panic, especially after a long period of change and uncertainty such as in 2020. Whether you sneer at New Year’s resolutions or embrace the idea, you have an opportunity to begin afresh and make some improvements to your business in 2021 - and what better place to start than with the physical property itself?
Planning for the financial and operational future of your retirement villages is time-consuming and tedious, however it can save you time, money and stress in the long-term. One of the best ways to prevent any unexpected and costly repairs to your properties, while also improving the attractiveness of your village is to ensure your maintenance solution is ready for action. A preventative maintenance plan protects your assets, increases the longevity of your buildings, improves safety and protects your cash flow. And starting off the year with a comprehensive building maintenance checklist in hand is one of the best ways to ensure that all necessary tasks or issues are addressed.
This building maintenance checklist will ensure you cover all your bases:
Start your building maintenance checklist by working from the outside in. Inspect the property’s garden and perimeters to ensure that there aren’t any hazardous or damaged materials, and determine what needs attention. Some of the most important checks to do are:
- Test the water drainage system and ensure that it is working properly
- Inspect the condition of the gutters and check for any breakages
- Look at the integrity of fences, walls and other boundaries on the property
- Look for any signs of a possible insect or rodent infestation
A building is only as safe as the shell protecting it. Ensuring that the outside materials of a property are intact can prevent any damage from spreading to the interior. Determine what exterior structural elements require attention by ensuring the following items on your building maintenance checklist are covered:
- Inspect all air vents, plumbing pipes and fixtures
- Check that there are no cracks in the roof tiles
- Look for any cracks in the walls
- Determine what condition the paint is in - is it peeling, discoloured, mouldy?
- Inspect windows, doors and frames
If the exterior of the building is in good condition, the chances of natural elements causing damage to the interior are greatly minimised. However, aspects such as time, and wear and tear can still impact the structural integrity of the interior property. When completing your building maintenance checklist, make sure to:
- Check for any signs of water damage on the ceilings and walls
- Inspect bathrooms and kitchens for mould
- Ensure that all locks, hinges and handles to doors and window are in working order
- Look at the condition of the paint
- Inspect all walls for any cracks that might need to be filled
Plumbing and Fixtures
Water leakages don’t only disrupt the supply of water, but can also cause serious damage to the interior structure of a property, as well as furniture and appliances. Repairing water damage is a costly affair, but it can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting the plumbing throughout your property on a regular basis. These are all crucial preventative maintenance tasks for your checklist:
- Ensure that all water connections, pipes and hoses are connected and working properly
- Check the toilet water supply and flushing mechanism
- Inspect sinks, showers, bathtubs and basins for any cracks or signs of damage
- Ensure that the hot water system & overflow is working correctly
- Inspect the drainage on both the kitchen and bathroom drainage system to ensure there aren’t any blockages
Electrical faults are incredibly dangerous if left unattended or not repaired properly. Ensuring that regular inspection and testing is carried out on all electrical equipment in your retirement village increases the safety of all residents, while also meeting some of your legal health and safety obligations. When it comes to electrical integrity, these are essential items to add to your building maintenance checklist:
- Inspect all electrical cords for any damage or wear and tear
- Ensure all electrical test tags are up to date
- Test power circuit breakers to ensure that are in a working condition
- Inspect all electrical plugs
- Look at all the light switches and ensure that they all working properly
- Ensure that all smoke alarms are connected and working
A building maintenance checklist is the first step to taking control of your retirement village’s maintenance schedule in 2021. Request a free paint condition assessment today to start saving money and improving your buildings in the new year.
Higgins Coatings is a premier contractor for painting and refurbishment services throughout Australia. We understand the specific needs of retirement living and aged care facilities and can help you turnover rooms and units within your facility quickly and safely. Higgins has an ISO tri-certification accreditation in safety, quality and the environment. Contact us today for a consultation.
Originally published on December 23, 2015. Last updated on December 18, 2020.