It’s nearly summer and everyone is ready for some carefree days of rest and relaxation! For homeowners summer is also a time for tidying up the landscape and boosting curb appeal.
While beautifying your home can be somewhat enjoyable, there are still other “boring” home maintenance tasks that can’t be avoided. Rather than ignore these tasks and run the risk of incurring costly damages as a result, you can simply schedule home maintenance projects and work them into the normal routines of everyday life throughout the year. Today I will share some tips on how to schedule routine home maintenance by using either a hand written schedule or scheduling app or software. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.
If you are a person who likes tech, you can use software and apps such as Google Calendars, which already have home maintenance schedules you can download and implement. Another one to try is the calendar at Lifehacker.com which pops up on your phone when there is an important upcoming home maintenance task. Although there is no way to get around taking care of cleaning and routine home maintenance at least you won’t need to worry about forgetting or neglecting them, especially when safety is a concern.
While so many routine home maintenance chores can be overwhelming, you can stay organized and keep from getting behind by creating a home maintenance checklist. I love this comprehensive seasonal home maintenance list by Sweet Tea Proper. As you can see, the tasks such as water heater repair or cleaning the garage are spread out over the year, which makes the list much more manageable. You could also create a similar list for garden tasks, such as when to divide bulb plants or work on rotating the compost pile. I am usually pretty organized, but I have never realized how helpful this type of list really is. A home maintenance checklist is similar to a weekly cleaning checklist. These lists can help you stay on top of chores and avoid costly repairs in the long run.
I am a list maker by nature, and I like to be able to manually check off items on printable sheets that help me keep track of my tasks and goals. I will definitely be printing out the home maintenance and a cleaning schedule that I have shared here today, and I will put them in the home binder I am creating. This way, I will be more likely to stay onto of jobs like changing HVAC filters and routine kitchen organization.
In addition to home maintenance and cleaning calendars, a home binder is also important for keeping information about your mortgage, utilities and insurance as well as warranties and agreements regarding appliances and HVAC. Some companies might even offer routine maintenance service, so it is important to keep track of any warranties and agreements. You can visit HarsterHeating.com for more information about residential maintenance agreements.
When my home binder is complete I will be sure to share an update post. If you are interested in getting started on your own binder, Fab N Free has shared more than 200 free home management binder printables .
I hope you have found these tips on how to schedule home maintenance to be helpful. Scheduling will allow you to see what the upcoming tasks will be, so you will know what cleaning equipment, tools, or materials you might need and you will be well prepared in advance. If you are unprepared, you might be tempted to postpone home maintenance and repairs. Neglecting home maintenance is not only stressful, but it can be dangerous too.
Best of luck as you get started with your home maintenance this summer and throughout the year!