How Thinking for the Future Will Save Your FM Department Now (and Later)

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By Katie Torres

Some things are inevitable.

You know...Life, death, and taxes...and maintenance costs.

There is an increase in maintenance costs due to the decrease in skilled trade laborers entering the workforce, and this increase does not appear to be stopping any time soon.

Just like anything in life that is inevitable, there is nothing we can do to prevent these costs from rising. 

The companies who go out of business due to these rising costs will be the ones who are blindsided because they were not maintaining for the future, but chose to stay reactive.

The solution...

The solution lies in maintaining for the future.

Specifically, cutting the unnecessary maintenance costs now will provide a way to be prepared for rising costs in the future.

Cutting unnecessary maintenance costs happens when you:

  • Have up-to-date, accurate information.
  • Have a complete repair history, and the data to know when repairs need to occur next.
  • Negotiate well.
  • Find vendors who are looking out for your best interests.

There is a lot of talk about reducing maintenance costs. Rather than looking only to talk vendors down and save money on individual work orders, the focus needs to be on eliminating, all together, unnecessary work orders.

Our equipment and facilities need to be maintained in such a way that they will last long into the future, avoiding the need for extra repairs.

And most importantly, we need to realize that though the rising maintenance costs are inevitable, we have the ability to do something about it now.

Though the rising maintenance costs are inevitable, we have the ability to do something about it now.