deferred maintenance

Deferred Maintenance: The Cost That Increases Over Time – and Always Catches Up to You

It seemed like a reasonable idea at the time.

Maintenance is always a tough pill to swallow. You might immediately think of car or home maintenance. It also carries over to other items such as your electronic devices, appliance cleaning, lawn care, health care, fitness, and many others. Regularly scheduled maintenance is probably the cheapest path for us to take. But, at  the time of that maintenance, many of us hate the thought of not only the incremental cost but  the inconvenience of just doing it. What is most important here is to take the long view and recognize that taking care of it now at a reasonable cost will save you a boatload of time and money.

It adds up and will  catch you off guard.

As I am writing this in November of 2021, I have had a number of personal experiences recently that highlight the importance of regular ongoing maintenance as a strategy for keeping costs in check. In the most recent case, it was a visit to the dentist after not seeing them for nearly three years. This is partially due to COVID-19 “raining on our parade” and the timing of my last visit. Needless to say my dentist found a number of deferred maintenance items that will need to be addressed that probably could have been avoided had I gone to my semi-annual visits. While the cost isn’t going to break the bank, the list of items needing repair is  making my wallet very sad.

It is a heavy cost on your time.

Human behavior and psychology are funny. We defer maintenance thinking that “we don’t have the time or resources” to devote to the maintenance now. But the reality is that we probably won’t ever ideally “have the time or resources.” Plus, deferred maintenance will compound to become a costly repair and much larger drain on your time in the future. All of us have passed by someone who  has broken down on the side of the road. You know the story. Maybe you have had the experience yourself. I know I have. It always ends up being an expensive tow, an inconvenient (and expensive)  repair, tons of lost time and a massive amount of frustration (not to mention embarrassment).

Time to change your mindset.

As with most things, it is a matter of realizing what’s happening and then changing your mindset. It may take an unpleasant and inconvenient  experience for you to realize that deferred maintenance will catch up to you. learn the lesson by observing others while they are learning the hard lesson and not experiencing it for yourself. Now is a good time to take an inventory of the things in your life that require maintenance and ask yourself if you have a regular maintenance schedule in place. It can – and will – save you a bunch of money, time and frustration.

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