Why do we need a 10 Year Maintenance Plan?
Budgeting for capital maintenance of a building allows for the value of the built asset to be protected. A 10 Year Maintenance Plan establishes a recommended budget for all parties who have a shared interest in maintaining this value. 10 Year Maintenance Plans allow for peace of mind that expected works are catered for, and minimises surprise special or
extraordinary levies needing to be struck.
Maintenance items and expenses of a capital nature commonly found in a 10 Year Maintenance Plan include repairs or improvements to the building and the surrounding common property, such as painting, replacement of roofing, guttering, fencing etc. All of these items are required to be completed over a specified time frame to maintain the overall standard of the building.
Owners Corporations should have and maintain a 10 Year Maintenance Plan, which will clearly and easily budget for future maintenance, replacement and capital expenditure.
In Victoria, due to the infrastructure boom, the cost of building materials and labour continues to rise. As this rises, so does the associated costs of maintenance like scaffolding and adhering to safe work practices.
Recently construction costs rose by an incredible 36% in one 12-month period and the Housing Industry Association’s trade cost index continues to show that there is an undersupply in many trade areas keeping an upwards pressure on costs.
How can you eliminate future risk?
Avoid any future legal hassles; there have been recent cases where new owners have taken previous owners/committee members to task for not fully budgeting for maintenance costs after large special levies have had to be struck.
How often should my 10 year maintenance plan be updated?
Most buildings should update their 10 Year Maintenance Plan at least every 3 years to keep up with price escalation in buildings and other associated costs.