What is property maintenance?

What is property maintenance and why is it important? We take a look at some of the main benefits of effective property maintenance...
What is property maintenance?
Written by
Tom O'neill
Published on
April 12, 2023

What is property maintenance?

Property maintenance is the general upkeep and management of properties, buildings and sites. Effective property maintenance includes reactive maintenance; fixing issues on a case-by-case basis and planned preventative maintenance; the act of scheduling recurring tasks to prevent downtime and increase asset lifetime value. 

Some examples of property maintenance tasks can range from: 

Reactive maintenance

  • Replacing lightbulbs
  • Fixing electrical equipment (IT, entry systems...)
  • Repairs on assets such as washing machines and dishwashers
  • Plumbing issues

Planned preventative maintenance

  • Fire safety checks
  • Gas safety checks
  • Cleaning
  • Security 

Types of buildings that might need property maintenance

Most buildings and sites require effective property maintenance. Some of these include:

  • Care homes
  • Hospitals
  • Offices
  • Housing
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Retail outlets and malls
  • Airports
  • Gyms and spas
Property maintenance

Almost all properties and buildings will need property maintenance in some form however, businesses that run out of buildings will need to ensure their property maintenance is effective to ensure health and safety standards are adhered to with the added benefit of keeping costs down.


We touched on some benefits above but there are many benefits to effective property maintenance. Ensuring the health and safety of customers and visitors is paramount to any business and effective property maintenance can ensure that maintenance faults are dealt with quickly, efficiently and safely. There are added cost benefits such as the reduction in overtime costs and waste usage. We take a look at this in more depth below: 

  • Reduce overtime costs 
  • Reduce waste 
  • Reduce mileage 
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase asset lifetime value 
  • Reduce downtime

How to manage property maintenance

Businesses opt for different methods of property maintenance management depending on budget, size and need. Smaller businesses may opt for a simple spreadsheet that tracks maintenance faults and others may require detailed asset registers. 

Finding the right software or solution for your business is vital and we have come up with some questions you may need to ask your new provider when making this crucial decision. At FaultFixers, we guide you through the entire process. If you have never touched a maintenance software system before, we'll help train you and your team at no added costs. 

Want to find out more about the FaultFixers software? Download our product and features guide below for a detailed look at how FaultFixers works for your teams:

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