Home ownership is financially and personally rewarding, but can also be challenging. There are so many different things you need to do to maintain your home, and it can be difficult to remember everything. One way to keep things organized is to create a house maintenance binder. It takes a little bit of work to set up, but can be regularly referenced to keep track of home maintenance.
You'll need the following items. Here are links to Amazon (affiliate links) or you can purchase them in a local office supply shop:
You'll want to use the tabs to create sections for the following categories:
Depending on your house, you may also want to create sections for specific areas of your home, like landscaping, appliances, or construction projects. I also recommend that you create a list of contacts that you can easily access. If you are a member of a Facebook group for your town, jot down the recommendations and contacts provided BEFORE you need them, especially for things like power washing, roofing, tree removal, and chimney repair. These things aren't regularly needed, and you'll want to have a good referral before booking.
Use the three-hole punch, and add any necessary paperwork to the binder as you get them. You can add any small items to the binder pockets.
Then, you can download this printable and add it to the binder. Using the list below, fill in the schedule (keep in mind that this is only a list of suggestions).
- Lawn prinklers (open and close)
- Clean gutters
- Replace air filters
- Clean furnace/air conditioning
- Evaluate heating contracts
- Snow removal contracts
- Car registrations
- Change smoke/carbon monoxide alarm batteries
- Spring cleaning
- Fall cleaning
- Clean carpets
- Clean dryer ducts
- Fall yard cleanup
- Spring yard cleanup
You should be able to use this binder for years – you won't need to create a new one each year. Just replace the schedule!
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