How many of us have a backlog of deferred maintenance? If you do, you're not alone -- but it can cost your church down the line.
Deferred maintenance in the church is like an onion; it has layers and it stinks. –Patrick Scriven
How many of us have a backlog of deferred maintenance? Often, it starts out small. Maybe there’s not enough funding for a big project, or maybe the roof starts leaking and all attention and resources must be placed on repairs. However it happens, it’s rarely ever intentional – but it’s incredibly common. In fact, an out of control backlog is one of the most common reasons that we see churches look into computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).
In Patrick Scriven’s article in After.Church, he compared deferred maintenance to an onion because “it has layers and it stinks.” His description is incredibly accurate; often, we see that backlogs are much bigger than managers first realize. As you begin to peel back the layers of all your deferred repairs, you can quickly start to see the long-term cost grow beyond what it would have cost to perform proactive maintenance. Years of putting off fixing a roof, for example, can eventually lead to a costly replacement rather than a simple repair. In fact, an article by Facilities Net recently estimated that the cost of replacing an asset can actually be 30 times the cost of the initial repair.
Deferred maintenance is rarely an intentional act. Our investment in the Kingdom work takes precedence over the money spent on pricey, unnecessary assets – but there’s a way to balance service with maintenance. It’s much more cost efficient to proactively maintain your facilities and preserve them for generations to come than to wait until a replacement is needed.
By taking preventive steps to preserve your facilities now, you can actually extend the life of many of our most important assets – and save more in the long run. To learn more about how deferred maintenance can be avoided, read our whitepaper, “5 Steps to Avoid Running Facilities to Failure”!