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Property maintenance relates to the upkeep of a home, apartment, rental property or building and may be a commercial venture through a property maintenance company, an employee of the company which owns a home, apartment or a self-storage pastime for example day-to-day housekeeping or cleaning.
Property maintenance may involve a number of individual companies and/or service economic services including a property management company, who may look after the entire estate or land of properties, single family homes, apartment buildings, or other properties which need maintenance or repair for one company. In turn, the management company would employ the services of one or more individuals and/or companies to provide the required property maintenance services. Thus exposing the myth of the 1:5:200 ratio relating to initial cost, maintenance and staffing costs of office buildings.[clarification needed]
The services which could be classed as property maintenance include many sectors of the maintenance, repair and operations industry such as maintaining wood finishing, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical rewiring, roofing, locksmiths, flooring, glazing, and renovation/refurbishment.
The retail industry in particular makes a high usage of property maintenance services, particularly reactive maintenance (also known as response maintenance) since their stores, and in particular flagship stores such as major city centre stores, require the highest standards of maintenance in order that customers continue to purchase goods. If the maintenance of the store is left to lapse then the retail chain often lose trade due to their image being degraded.
The profession of property maintenance offers an excellent career opportunity for any one who enjoys seeing things they work on come to completion, tackling what at first seems very difficult but is able to be fixed or corrected.
Training for property maintenance starts with vocational training, hands on training and a commitment to continual education.
- Facility management
- Activity relationship chart
- Building information modeling
- Computerized maintenance management system
- Physical plant
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