Deferred Maintenance

Deferred maintenance is the preparation of postponing conservation activities such as maintenances on both real property (i.e. infrastructure) and personal property (i.e. machinery) to save costs, meet budget funding levels, or readjust available budget duties. The catastrophe to perform needed repairs could lead to asset worsening and ultimately asset damage. Generally, a dogma of sustained deferred maintenance may result in complex costs, asset failure, and in some cases, health, and safety suggestions.

An example of deferred maintenance for a home would be putting off the suggested 1-year check up on one’s car, or putting off the repairs recommended at that check-up: the car will not run as easily or professionally and will be more likely to break down or crash. The term is usually used in the context of large organizations or governments, however.

Maintenance competes for funding with other agendas and is frequently deferred because expectations are not available or were readdressed to other priorities or projects.

Deferred maintenance is often not instantly reported—and occasionally, not at all. Maintenance which is deferred because of inadequate funding may result in augmented safety dangers, poor service to the civic, higher costs in the future, and inefficient operations.