Take Care of Your Home Before It Takes Care of YouBeing organized isn’t only about getting your things in order. It is also just as important to keep track of those things, whether it’s the contents of your home or the home itself.
This article will help you determine what you need to keep track of, and how to maintain records on your home. From simple repairs to major renovations, it is vital to know what is going on inside your home—especially behind the walls—so costly emergencies don’t take you to the bank.
Here are some tasks you should perform on a regular basis to maintain a healthy home.
OUTSIDE THE HOME
Once a year
Twice a Year
INSIDE THE HOME
Once a Year
Twice a Year
THOSE THINGS YOU CAN'T SEE
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to catch everything before it becomes a problem. First of all, it might be hidden behind the walls. Second, you are not a trained professional in the field. The good news is, you don’t have to wait until you buy or sell a home before having it inspected. A Home Inspector will do a thorough examination of your home with his/her trained eye. He can also test any mold to see if it is a harmful strain, and can test for radon (an odorless gas). He should also see problems you might not catch, such as plumbing, wiring and insect or rodent infestation. As a trained professional, he will know what signs to look for, that you may dismiss as insignificant. Don’t make a costly mistake. An inspector is worth the investment, even if he doesn’t find anything. You’ll at least have peace of mind.
So how do you remember what to do, and when it should be done? And how do you keep track of what you’ve done? The easiest way is to create your own home repair folder or binder. Print out monthly calendars. Use red ink to record those things you should do for the month, like drain the hot water heater. Use black ink to record any repairs done on the home. Keep receipts and warranties in this folder or binder. You can separate your receipts by category if you wish. For example, have a section for Inside (then subcategories for appliances, structure, etc.), and one for Outside (with subcategories for yard, buildings, auto, etc.). You can keep business cards for companies you have used either in this folder or a separate box. Make a record of any companies that did an exceptionally well (or poor) job, so you know whether or not to use them again.
Just as you take your children to the doctor when they are young, and you go for your annual check-up, so too, must you perform regular maintenance and check-ups on your home. An annual physical exam can detect a disease early, and keep it from getting serious or costly. Early detection of a leaky pipe or cracked foundation can help prevent serious problems and costly repairs also. So stay ahead of the game by watching your home carefully, and practicing regular maintenance.