What’s the industry buzz this summer? Business is up! As properties exceed budgets and management spreads optimism, the hotel ServicePro team hits the road to help clients boost revenue and profitability. On the left, our team meets with clients during the Hampton Inns of New England Meeting. L-R: Gail Nicholson, Zetta Hampton, Jay Visnjic, Amanda Culhane, yours truly, and Kathy Caisse. On the right, the team welcomes HITEC attendees. L- R: Edie Chandler-Lowe, Phil Beilke, Natalie Roberts, and Patrick Scully.
Summer time and the living’s easy…for your guests, that is!
You and your staff, on the other hand, are hard at work creating the vacation experience your guests dreamed of all year. While they soak in your property’s amenities, you know that behind the scenes, your major equipment systems keep all that fun in the sun running smoothly.
Why make time for a systemic equipment inspection in the heat of your summer season?
- Because that’s when you most want to eliminate equipment failures and ensure uninterrupted comfort for your guests.
- Because the more frequently you conduct inspections, the more skillful you become. If you stick to a once-a-month schedule, inspections should take an hour or less.
- Because hotel ServicePro’s asset management component turns your mobile device into an efficient current and historical database. Toss the clipboards and spreadsheets. Use hotel ServicePro to schedule maintenance, automate work orders, generate notices about past-due maintenance, create equipment-specific checklists…and set up an electronic reminder of your next systemic inspection date.
With mobile device in hand follow…
The 5 Basic Steps for a Major Equipment Inspection
Step 1 – Create an asset list.
Did you know that equipment changes 5%-10% each year due to normal wear and tear?
Want to keep major pieces of equipment running at their optimum and save energy too?
Neglect can compound problems if you delay your cataloging. List all the equipment you will encounter and the parameters you will use to inspect each device. Focus on boilers, motors, pumps, fans, compressors, and cooling towers.
Step 2 - Plan the inspection route and do a preliminary walk through.
Determine a logical route that is as direct as possible.
Step 3 - Create a log.
Categorize all information in hotel ServicePro. Be thorough–type as many notes as needed. Remember to schedule the next inspection.
Step 4 - Walk your route.
Your monthly trek will help you get a feel for your assets. You’ll learn what “normal” looks and sounds like and notice when something has changed. Red flags can include temperature, noise, vibration, and visual conditions. A raised awareness means a more optimized system.
Step 5 - Create a work list.
When you plan inspections and upkeep, you extend your assets’ lifecycles.
Major equipment that is routinely monitored and repaired can achieve a 30-40 year service life.
That’s how one hour a month can make a big impact on your bottom line!
August marks the time of year when many properties shift focus from vacation guests to business travelers. Meet me at the Hotel Data Conference, August 12-14 in Nashville, and tell me about your tips for the seasonal transition.
Hope to see you in Music City USA,