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BUILDING MAINTENANCE MONTH: From Accreditation to Zero Emissions, the right partner is key

Maintaining a building’s operational efficiency and aesthetic appeal is a task that demands constant attention and expertise. Choosing the right maintenance partner is critical in ensuring that this task is carried out effectively, ensuring the longevity and safety of the building. Here’s how Facilities Managers can approach the process of identifying the right partners for their organisations, based on input from attendees at the FM Forum…

Assess Your Specific Maintenance Needs: The first step in selecting a building maintenance partner is to thoroughly assess the specific needs of your building or portfolio. This involves identifying the types of maintenance required – be it electrical, HVAC, plumbing, structural, or cosmetic – and understanding the frequency and level of service needed. This assessment will provide a clear framework for what you are looking for in a solutions partner.

Research Potential Partners: With your maintenance needs in hand, the next step is to research potential partners. This can involve seeking recommendations from industry peers, exploring online directories, and attending trade shows. Look for companies with experience in maintaining buildings similar to yours, both in terms of size and function.

Evaluate Experience and Credentials: Once you have a shortlist of potential partners, evaluate their experience and credentials thoroughly. Look for partners with a proven track record in building maintenance, ideally with case studies or testimonials from similar organisations. Accreditation from reputable industry bodies, such as the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), can also be a good indicator of a company’s commitment to best practices and quality standards.

Consider Their Approach to Sustainability: With increasing emphasis on environmental responsibility, it’s important to consider a partner’s approach to sustainability. Look for companies that use environmentally friendly materials and practices, and those that can help you improve your building’s energy efficiency. This not only supports your organisation’s sustainability goals but can also lead to cost savings in the long term.

Assess Flexibility and Responsiveness: The ability of a maintenance partner to respond quickly and flexibly to issues is crucial. During your evaluation process, assess how potential partners plan to handle emergency repairs, their typical response times, and their process for regular communication and updates. A partner that can offer a tailored service agreement to meet your specific needs is often a good choice.

Review Cost and Value: While cost is an important consideration, it should not be the sole factor in your decision. Evaluate the value offered by each potential partner, considering their level of service, expertise, and the long-term benefits they can bring to your organisation. A slightly higher cost may be justified by superior service and outcomes.

Request Proposals and Conduct Interviews: Finally, request detailed proposals from your shortlisted partners, outlining how they would meet your maintenance needs, their pricing structure, and any additional services they offer. Conduct interviews or meetings to discuss these proposals in detail and get a sense of their professionalism and compatibility with your organisation.

Identifying the right building maintenance solutions partner requires a careful and considered approach. By assessing specific maintenance needs, researching potential partners, evaluating their experience and credentials, considering their approach to sustainability, assessing flexibility and responsiveness, reviewing cost and value, and requesting detailed proposals, Facilities Managers in the UK can establish a partnership that ensures their buildings are maintained to the highest standards.

Are you looking for Building Maintenance solutions for your organisation? The FM Forum can help!

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