When you buy a new piece of technology, like a television, it comes with a manual telling you how to use it properly and what to do if it isn’t working right. Unfortunately, when you buy a house, no such manual is included. Over time, you begin to learn the ins and outs of your home and everything included in it, so Roto-Rooter recommends that you write your own manual. In fact, creating a binder that contains vital information about your home is a very good idea, especially if you are going to be away from the house for a time and are entrusting its care to somebody else, but it can also be a handy reference guide for yourself. There is a lot of information that could be included, but there are a few things no home binder should be without.
Indoor plumbing in Brooklyn is very convenient, and even helps stop the spread of disease, but when it malfunctions, things can get very bad. That’s why it’s so important to keep the location of the water main shut-off valve in a book. When a pipe breaks or springs a major leak, you want to be able to locate this shut-off valve as quickly as possible. If you aren’t home, the binder can direct whoever is in charge to the valve so they can minimize the damage caused. You may also want to spell out rules about what should and shouldn’t be flushed down toilets, sent down the garbage disposal, or used to clean plumbing fixtures.
Some homes have more advanced alarm systems than others, but at the very least your home should have fire alarms. The locations of these fire alarms, as well as when they were tested, can be kept in this home binder for convenience. If you have a more advanced security system, it is a good idea to provide basic instructions in this binder. This way, if somebody is house sitting for you and an alarm starts going off in the middle of the night, they will know what to do.
Most cars now have a maintenance light that comes on every 20,000 miles or so, and in their manual it spells out what maintenance services to perform when that light comes on. You can provide similar information in your home binder, but the maintenance will be for appliances, floors, furniture, and other parts of the home. For example, you may have your carpets shampooed every 18 months, so by writing this down in the binder, along with the date of the last time you had them cleaned, you can stay on top of these chores.
There are many more topics that could be included in your binder, like warranty information for appliances, mortgage information, Wi-Fi passwords, and whatever else you can think of. The only thing to be wary of is putting sensitive information in the binder, like bank accounts and email passwords.
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