Should your business outsource facility maintenance or keep things in-house?
In today’s fast-paced world of business, management teams are under pressure to take predictive and preventative measures to keep the business running as cost-effectively and as efficiently as possible.
For this reason, it’s not uncommon for businesses to outsource facility maintenance tasks and processes. These can include electrical, mechanical and building systems, as well as security, fire, and environmental services.
Here are five reasons to consider using an independent contractor to take control of your business’ full-spectrum facility maintenance.
#1: Free up resources
Using an in-house team to take care of your facility operations means that they will often have to deal with smaller, low-priority tasks rather than focusing on key business drivers. When you outsource facility maintenance, you can free up these resources, who can then concentrate on their more important responsibilities.
#2: Minimise downtime
We all know that any system downtime reduced productivity and profitability. From equipment to infrastructure, every business stands to reduce downtime when they outsource facility maintenance work. An external facility management team can be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year. The outsourced company will also have a service-level-agreement with set turnaround times, which ensures quicker fixes and can make all the difference when things go wrong.
#3 Increase system longevity
The experts of an outsourced team will help your business compile a preventative maintenance programme to suit your budget and your business. Having a clear facilities maintenance strategy will increase the longevity of your systems and the lifespan of your equipment, as well as keeping it running optimally so your business can do the same.
#4: Save money
There are a number of reasons why outsourcing your facilities management can save your business money:
- As explained above, having a facilities maintenance strategy in place will keep your equipment running efficiently and extend its longevity, which means less money spent on replacing equipment more frequently.
- You’ll no longer need to rely on the high call-out fees of different service providers when something goes wrong.
- External contractors have invested heavily in their own staff, tools and training. Because this cost is split across all their clients, your business reaps the benefits of economies of scale.
- The outsourced company will take on liabilities and risks personnel issues or equipment failure or personnel issues, helping you avoid unpredictable or sudden costs.
#5: Specialised expertise
Having an external team of experts means that your business can benefit from specialised expertise in a number of different aspects of facility maintenance, all under one roof. Most providers will offer integrated facility services, which means that you have a single point of contact, simplifying and streamlining the service.