In the hotel industry, balancing profitability means walking the tightrope between enhancing revenues and efficient cost-cutting. During the sunny days of business growth, it’s all about that sweet revenue increase. But when the clouds of economic downturn gather, penny-pinching comes to the forefront.
One significant cost lurking in the background? Maintenance. With U.S hotel maintenance technicians bagging an average of $42,000 yearly, or around $15-$20 hourly, there’s a financial aspect that demands attention.
However, before you think of cutting back on maintenance, let’s dive into why preventative maintenance isn’t just an option – it’s a necessity.
In simple terms, preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to scheduling maintenance before anything goes wrong with the facility, building, or equipment. So rather than waiting for problems to happen before you start fixing them, by taking a proactive approach, you perform scheduled maintenance jobs to ensure nothing goes wrong in the first place.
The approach to hotel maintenance has become more popular in recent years, mainly due to the fact that it can help save a lot of money. According to Hong Kong researchers, corrective maintenance costs nearly 50% more than preventive maintenance. Of course, preventive maintenance also requires some investment. How much should you actually spend?
The magic lies in striking a balance: weigh the financial and reputation perks of timely fixes against the cost and damage of post-issue repairs. The ultimate goal? Avoid downtime by proactively scheduling and ensuring equipment longevity. In the same way, preventive healthcare might spare you a hefty medical bill. Preventive maintenance can save your hotel from unexpected downtime costs – think of a busted air conditioner during peak summer.
But reactive maintenance won’t just save money on investments. It can also help you save on bills, as well. A well-planned preventive maintenance system can lead to savings of up to 18%.
How? Picture the expenses avoided when unplanned breakdowns are curtailed, thus evading emergency costs. Missing production targets due to downtime can be a financial blow. But by scheduling regular inspections like:
You essentially shift from a reactive to a proactive approach, ensuring smoother operations.
While it might seem daunting to establish, preventive maintenance offers invaluable benefits:
If you want to start performing regular maintenance, you have to start planning. You can’t just introduce the concept and expect the maintenance team to do the rest.
Here are the seven must-have components of a preventive maintenance program.
For the smooth operation of your hotel’s maintenance department, devising a comprehensive checklist is paramount. We’ve curated a preventive maintenance list to simplify tasks and ensure your hotel remains in top-notch condition.
Effective preventive maintenance rests on four primary pillars:
For operational excellence, categorize tasks under clear systems:
Preventive maintenance is more than just a strategy – it’s a holistic approach to ensuring guest comfort, safety, and operational efficiency. Remember, consistency in maintenance saves money and guarantees compliance with industry standards and regulations.
When managing a hotel, the success of preventive maintenance largely hinges on effective communication between staff members. That is where HelloShift plays a pivotal role.
Once an issue is reported, hotel management can assign the task to the appropriate team or individual using HelloShift. Progress can be tracked, feedback can be provided, and supervisors can ensure that tasks are completed efficiently and to the required standard.
Hotel guests receive automated, routine messages, consult hotel digital guidebook, and pre-checkin via their mobile device. Hotel teams use HelloShift to work together across buildings, floors, shifts, and departments with up-to-date visibility into room status via the Housekeeping app.
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