Preventive Maintenance for Multi-Family Housing

Four key concerns (based on table of contents)

  1. Maintenance requirements
  2. Preventive maintenance
  3. Estimating preventive maintenance costs
  4. Budgeting and funding preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance checklists

  • Bi-weekly
  • Monthly
  • Semi-annual
  • Annual

Special topics for maintenance

  • Roofing
  • HVAC

Maintenance and repair strategies for housing (p. 12-16)

  • Exterior
    • Roofs
    • Enclosure walls
    • Masonry
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Waterproofing
    • Exterior painting
    • Ramps, walks, pathUps, and signage
    • Landscaping/hardscape
    • Utilities
    • Historic materials
  • Interior
    • Life safety
    • Upgrades for accessibility/disabilities
    • Upgrades to improve building performance
    • Laundry rooms
    • Water leaks from equipment
    • Trash rooms
    • Tenant changeover
  • Maintaining compliance with codes and standards

Maintenance Myths (p. 23)

  • Maintenance can wait until staff is available
  • Lack of funding requires “band-aid” solutions
  • Repairs can be done in partial increments over an extended period of time
  • All potential maintenance problems can be identified in an annual inspection
  • Newer facilities do not need to be thoroughly evaluated
  • Repairs, even safety precautions, can wait until funding is available

Prioritizing preventive maintenance procedures (p.24-25)

  1. Life safety
  2. Overall safety
  3. Regulatory requirements
  4. Known requirements
  5. Equipment life cycle
  6. Energy efficiency
  7. Other