Buying a house is the biggest expense many people make. In order to keep the property’s value from depreciating, regular upkeep is important. Even if you do not own your own home, you may be required to perform specific maintenance tasks as part of your rental agreement.
It can be hard to keep track of maintenance tasks because many of them are done only once per year. Checklists can help ensure these important jobs are completed. Many websites and apps offer thorough home maintenance checklist templates printables, so find one you like and add or remove items as they fit your unique situation. Lifehacker provides a Google calendar to which you can subscribe and get reminders of what needs to be done and when.
If you need to hire a professional trade person to perform specific services, such as chimney cleaning, you may find that during certain times of the year it can be almost impossible to get an appointment. Be sure to plan in advance.
Home appliances including lawn mowers, barbeques, and automatic garage door openers need maintenance, too. Most instruction/warranty books for your appliances will explain routine maintenance tasks that you can add to your checklist. If you do not have the instruction/warranty book you can usually download it from the manufacturer’s website as a PDF. This is my favorite way to manage owner’s manuals. It’s also very nice to keep these maintenance records in perpetuity for reference, remembering who serviced items and if you were happy with that service, budget planning, and to eventually pass along to the next owner of your home.
Remember to include routine safety and security maintenance to your schedules. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency escape ladder, and your home alarm system.
Jennifer Snyder, Certified Professional Organizer
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