Working in a sector which seemingly has a new challenge thrown at it every other month, I cannot help but see Brexit as just the latest one we need to cope with. It is not like we haven’t faced challenges before – and often – and this is just another one we need to contend with.
It is different of course because it is unique. It is far wider than just our sector and any of the many ‘budget-impacting’ challenges we have faced recently like rent capping or right to buy – but nevertheless I don’t see the end of the world coming anytime soon as some would have us believe!
I’m sure there will be positive effects to come out of Brexit and I’m sure there will be negative ones too – and this is a subject we will return to another time, particularly in relation to public sector procurement, but we just don’t know what will happen yet, and in the mean time we just need to get on with it.
The country has voted for a new direction and the results of that will come to fruition in the fullness of time, but for now we still need to carry on doing what we generally do every day of the week. For us that means continuing to maintain windows and doors, to help to cost effectively regenerate properties, to take care of residents’ needs and manage their concerns, and to deliver a fast and efficient services to our clients.
The market for repairs and maintenance is continuing to grow against a background of asset managers looking to lengthen the life-cycle of the products they have previously installed – ironically many of them during the period of the EU driven ‘Decent Homes Standard’.
The money for initiatives like this might not be there in the future, but there will always be a need to ensure that resident’s homes are maintained to an acceptable level and that their safety and comfort remain a priority for their landlords.
Budgets will be available and asset managers will increasingly look to see how they can use them to their optimum efficiency. Repairing and maintaining products is a great way to get the best out of budgets and to deliver the extended life-cycles required of products installed into resident’s homes.
Tristan Cooke is Managing Director of Mila Maintenance. For more information www.milamaintenance.co.uk @milamaintenance 0808 100 8881