In the majority of current FM contracts, the foreign owner or parent company makes it a question of principle to leave this task to professionals, while in the Hungarian practice, so far only a few firms have realised the importance of this, says András Sólyom, the managing director of Hochtief Facility Management. FM's reputation was also hurt a lot by the fact that a few years ago, numerous consulting firms advertised their FM consulting services by claiming that it could bring the client up to 30 percent in cost savings, while declaring such an average figure without a thorough analysis of the starting situation is nonsense, because there are as many demands to meet as there are different buildings and different equipment.

In addition, professional FM often handles other activities as well that were previously neglected due to a lack of expertise. Therefore, it may even occur that temporarily, more has to be spent on operation. However, Solyóm stresses that the fact shouldn't be disregarded that as a result, the security of operation and the value of the building will both increase. Unfortunately, there are no existing FM standards yet today, or generally accepted methods for measuring the service's quality, although the Hungarian Facility Management Association is striving to make companies acquainted with these. This is also why it is important that a client who wishes to purchase an all-around service select a provider that has the right professional background. So the growth potential for FM providers lies not primarily in the new projects being built, but in luring those existing properties to the market that are already being operated one way or the other.