Creating a Home Maintenance Calendar
One of the most surprising things for new homeowners who are used to renting is how much maintenance is required when you own your own home, and how much this maintenance can cost. If you’re used to having a landlord who takes care of these tasks for you, it can be a lot to keep straight in your brain. One way to set yourself up for success is to keep a home maintenance calendar. Since some tasks only need to be done quarter or annually, it’s easy to forget exactly when they were last completed. The calendar helps you stay on top of every important task and budget for those that may take extra funds to complete
Keep The Calendar Online
Many families are used to keeping a paper or whiteboard calendar in the kitchen to organize activities and appointments. A home maintenance calendar isn’t used as often and can easily end up getting neglected. Use a cloud based software like Google or Outlook to make it easy to check and update the calendar anytime. You can set reminders to alert yourself to the date when you should schedule professionals to handle certain tasks, like maintaining your HVAC unit or trimming the trees on your property.
Document Any Major Work
Anytime you have major work done by a professional, document this on the calendar. That will serve as a reminder of when a big component was replaced or repaired in case you need it for warranty purposes in the future.
Use Smart Appliance Reminders to Your Advantage
Many smart appliances will give you reminders of when filters need to be changed or maintenance needs to be done. Put these reminders in your calendar to create one master file that tracks how often every task needs to be completed, from changing the filters in your water dispenser to having the HVAC unit maintained.
Keep Associated Information Handy
As you build the calendar, include any information you may need to complete maintenance tasks. For example, include the phone number for your tree trimming service in the reminder to make an appointment with them as well as your customer number and date of your last service.
Predict Home Related Expenses
If you know that expenses are coming, add a savings goal to your budget for the weeks and months preceding it. Having the money to get your home repainted or buy and install a new air conditioner takes a lot of the stress out of the process. It also allows you time to look for the best deal and get prices from different vendors.
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