Being a homeowner is a true accomplishment, but it is not one that is short of responsibility. Maintaining the condition of your home requires a plan that involves preventative and routine home maintenance; with the New Year approaching, it’s the perfect time to get started. While this may sound like a lot to take on, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Creating a home maintenance calendar is a great way to set goals, define action items and most importantly, help to keep things on track throughout the year.
To begin, walk through your house both inside and out in order to create a checklist of household structures and projects you will need to keep an eye on – such as window screens, roofing, filters, etc.
Once your checklist is in place, divide up the tasks accordingly into a regular maintenance calendar. This typically can be divided into four parts: monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual. For example, your monthly tasks may consist of the easier items such as replacing filters, checking vents and cleaning kitchen sink disposals. Your annual items are typically larger scale projects including gutter cleanings, roof inspections, and chimney sweeps if you have them.
Understanding the needs of your home and property and taking the appropriate actions are a few of the best things you can do toward such a big investment. Do your research and create a calendar with a timeline that works for you and your home. The reward in doing these things can help to save money, and avoid bigger emergency repairs down the line.
Here’s to a happy and healthy home for years to come.