Have you checked and made sure your home maintenance is up to date? It is something that you must do at least annually, but I prefer to look and update as the seasons change. This lets me address the situations in small chunks; I have a plan for 3 months at a time and obviously this is subject to change, depending on the tasks and if an emergency happens. This also allows me to plan my home maintenance financially too, which I think is an important factor in any home maintenance.
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Is Your Home Maintenance Plan Up To Date
The first question to ask is if you have a home maintenance plan, even in rented accommodation you should have some sort of property maintenance schedule that the landlord needs to complete annually. What this consists of will depend on the area you are renting in; some areas might have more requirements than other areas, check with the property management team about what is due and when.
If the property is your own then maintaining it to a good standard is important, it can affect your insurance and your mortgage if you fail to take adequate building and property maintenance.
If you don’t have a maintenance plan you should consider compiling one, it will help to save you money; it can anticipate maintenance issues with different areas of your home and it can prevent a problem from causing more damage if something goes unnoticed for any length of time.
Try using this free checklist to help start creating your home maintenance plan.
Have You Checked Your Home Maintenance Is Up To Date?
If you have a home maintenance file, that is great, but when did you last check it and assess the maintenance around your home?
Check out this article I wrote if you just need to update your home maintenance file!
It is important that you are checking different areas of your home and ensuring that everything is in working order.
The reason that I like to check my home maintenance plan on a seasonal basis is because at certain times of the year different areas affect differently depending on weather conditions while it would be great to check all areas in one go, it isn’t always possible.
Therefore, creating a routine to check the home maintenance file every three months, visually checking areas and making notes can help to ensure that no project or maintenance goes unchecked.
How To Check Your Home Maintenance Plan
During the first couple of weeks of the new season, it is great to have a look around your home and assess things that you need to address.
Sometimes, you will find tasks that are going to take long-term planning and financial planning in place for the project in hand; however, there are tasks that you can schedule in, during the 3-month period and feel good, that you have completed some or all of your maintenance projects which you noticed needed doing.
There are areas of your home, which will need regular maintenance that, if carried out regularly, can prevent some malfunctions or highlight a problem before the situation becomes an emergency.
Having these details to hand when something needs servicing or planned maintenance, then it gives you information about what you need to plan for financially when you are creating your monthly budget.
Regular maintenance of items you own can save you money long-term if you look after something the likelihood of it outperforming and outlasting a similar item that has little to no maintenance, is high. However, if it is something that needs professional servicing this costs money and having budgeted for the expense before it is due will mean that you don’t put off a service for an item in your home.
Why You Must Make Sure Your Home Maintenance Is Up To Date
If you pay money for your home, you pay fuel costs to heat it and your furniture is there, it is your home and having a home taken care of, not only looks nice but it is important for your well-being too.
Appliances can malfunction and some can even kill you without you realizing that there is even a problem.
This is just one reason why it is important to know your home maintenance is up to date. Knowing when you need to do different things around your home is key to having a safe environment for you and your family to live in.
Updating your home maintenance plan regularly can help identify areas in your home that need attention. It might be a planned gutter clearing or even looking at the window-cleaning schedule, whatever the maintenance issue is, you need to work out a solution.
It gives me time to discuss the current home maintenance plan with my husband and to go over what each one is currently thinking, then making a plan together taking into account financial restrictions as well as timing. By looking at a small window of time, where you can put notes for the next season as to the potential for a new idea or a different area to consider.
If you need more advice on what you need to consider with your home maintenance then this book might help!
When You Need To Plan Ahead
Sometimes, it is important to look ahead, if you are planning a project you need to have finance available. Sometimes it is important to plan these projects, allowing enough time to save for the expense.
However, by focusing on just 3 months or about 13 weeks of time, it means we have to pick the most important tasks and schedule them into our current plan.
Creating a checklist is a great idea for breaking down a project or maintenance task into smaller manageable chunks that you can fit into your current planning of your time.
Therefore, it is important that you make sure that your home maintenance is up to date and if not, you start to create a plan to put your homes health first, too. Keeping your home up to date with regards to maintenance can and will save you money long-term, you might fall in love with your home again or just find the peace of mind knowing that your home is a safe place to live.
What is your best tip for making sure you take care of your home maintenance?
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