Creating a Checklist to Stay on Top of Home Maintenance Tasks
It's easy to put off basic home maintenance. Sometimes it feels like there's so much of it, and it doesn't help that some tasks are done only once in a while so they're easy to overlook. Simplify your life by taking the time to compile a list of the most important jobs, and use it to keep your home maintained. You'll find that the effort will serve you -- and your home -- for years to come.
Make a list of tasks. Start by brainstorming all the maintenance that should be completed over the course of the year. Start with obvious tasks like changing the HVAC system's air filter monthly and review appliance manuals, home warranties and other documents that list required maintenance. You can also look over ready-made lists online to ensure you include all of the important chores.
Organize by frequency. Next, grab a yearly calendar (paper or digital) and organize each job by how often it needs to be done. Make an entry on the calendar for each task, including recurring ones like that monthly filter change and twice-a-year gutter cleaning. You get the picture.
Set timely reminders. Setting up alerts is a critical part of the process. Forgetfulness is often the reason home maintenance doesn't get done. Set a reminder alert for each task on your smartphone or subscribe to ongoing alerts from a site like HomeSpot. Also use the calendar for reminders to purchase necessary supplies, like buying replacement batteries for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Once you get an organized system established, you'll find it's much easier to tackle home maintenance tasks on time. You'll enjoy a relatively hassle-free way to take care of your home year-round.
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