Maintaining your property or building are as important as maintaining your health. Everyone wants to own a home or property. However, your property lasts for long time only if you properly maintain it. Your property is your asset. The maintenance of your property should start from the time you purchase it.
Experts in the industry suggests that during the first 10 years of the building, owners need to maintain all the records and documents of the property, like approved architectural plans, structural plans along with design brief, including loading on each floor, parking loads, landscape load and material testing records from builder.
The maintenance and care taken of the building over next 20 years will decide its life for 30 year onwards.
The owner of the property should inspect and maintain it regularly or otherwise it lead to the destruction of your asset. The occupants should also check common facilities, electrical systems, fire suppression system in the building, waterproofing and take proper measures to repair and rectify it on time.
People should also keep something in their mind while purchasing new property. The buyer should consider the location, accessibility of the property, one need to check the reputation of the builder as well as contractor, consultant and architects.
Also check the quality in construction materials, whether it is approved electrical wiring, internal piping, quality waterproofing with warranty, anti-rodent treatment in foundations, and anti-corrosion systems, which will give you a peace of mind.
SBS – Sick Building Syndrome
Poorly maintained buildings provide dangerous living conditions. Because of serious ignorance about the maintenance of buildings and built environment, it results into sick building syndrome (SBS). The SBS is nothing but a situation in which the occupants of a building, experience acute health- or comfort-related effects which seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building. Also poor maintained building cause leakage of water though ceilings and walls, poor indoor air quality due to lack of adequate natural ventilation, poor hygiene and cleanliness indoors as well as outdoors and poor day lighting resulting in growth of bacteria and anaerobic conditions leads to sick building syndrome.
Tips for property maintenance
There are some methods available to maintain your building. Building audit should be carried out on a regular basis to ensure the safety, security and health of the buildings. Each project should have a maintenance manual. Based on the audit there should be action program for maintenance. In addition, structural audit must be carried out periodically and effective measures should be adopted for structural safety. Similarly, painting shall be done on a regular basis along with the surface plaster coating. Preventive maintenance of building services should also be carried out regularly. So it’s your duty to safely maintain your building for a secure and liveable environment.