How to Keep Your House in Order as Budgets Dwindle
Across the housing landscape, budgets are being cut down and funding streams are drying up. Fortunately, as business-critical facilities become almost impossible to fund through upfront cash investment and credit lines prove difficult to open, alternative ways of sourcing, procuring and maintaining critical equipment in the housing industry are providing welcome respite for organisations under pressure.
One such alternative comes in the form of all-inclusive supply and service packages. Rather than relying on dwindling capital resources to kit-out vital areas in housing accommodation, this method allows schemes to ‘self-fund’ – whatever you pay out for equipment hire on a fixed term basis can be recovered through resident service charges, which in turn removes dependency on funding from your internal budget. Add to that the 7-day breakdown cover and 24/7 support that are included in the best value packages on the market, and it’s easy to see why more and more sheltered, supported and Extra Care schemes are turning their backs on outright purchasing.
The appeal of any ‘pay monthly’ solution is of course dependent on the machines they give you access to. With companies like JLA, who pioneered the Total Care proposition decades ago, you can benefit from the latest market-leading commercial washing machines such as the JLA 6, which has been designed around insights into resident needs. Push-button controls on easy-to-understand fascias promote independence, and are popular in properties that cater for arthritis and dementia sufferers as well as those with visual impairments. Other innovations are also available as part of a package, such as JLA’s OTEX Refresh technology, which injects ozone into a machine after every wash for multiple-users’ peace of mind.
The benefit of all-inclusive supply and servicing is that you have the performance and reliability of new equipment whilst avoiding any of the pitfalls that come with traditional ownership. With Total Care you will have no repair bills to pay in the event of a breakdown, even if it is caused by wear and tear. In addition, you have the flexibility to upgrade specification with no penalty if the needs of your client base change.