Do you own your own home? If you do, you know what a big responsibility it is. Whatever goes wrong or needs attention, you are the one that needs to get it taken care of. There is no longer a building superintendent or maintenance person to call. Whether you need water heater repair or a new pump for the underground sprinkler system, you get to figure out how to get it done.
If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, this is no big deal. But, for the amateur who doesn’t know how to do much beyond replacing a light bulb or mowing the grass, it can prove to be overwhelming. Whatever type of person you are, you will benefit greatly from having a maintenance schedule set up for the whole year.
These are quite easy to make. First, you get a pen and pad of paper, walk around your home and yard, and write down everything that you see that needs regular servicing, repair, or maintenance. Then you get a calendar and start putting the tasks into it in a way that makes sense to you. For instance, you want to paint the fence in the spring or summer, and schedule the water heater repair technician from Roto-Rooter to do a checkup at your convenience. Oiling and sharpening your lawn and yard tools can be done in the winter or spring and then they will be ready when you need to start using them.
As you are putting this maintenance schedule together, be sure to coordinate it with your family and work calendars so that you don’t end up with a conflict. You may even want to make one calendar for all three and use one color for maintenance, one for family, and one for work. Having it all organized makes keeping everything in shape much more manageable.
Don’t ever forget that the schedule is for your convenience and that you can change it anytime. If you have a big week at work or house guests that come at the last minute, you can simply move your maintenance tasks to another time. Don’t stress yourself out over it. It is there to serve you, not you it.
Once you get into the groove of doing regular maintenance, it will become second nature and no longer feel like a huge burden. You will have a beautiful, well-kept home and will be adding to its value.
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