Have you recently purchased your first home? Owning your own home is a very satisfying feeling. You have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can paint the walls whatever color you desire, hang pictures all over without worrying about nail holes, and play your music at three in the morning if you like. You also get to handle any problems that crop up. When you have a broken water pipe, you get to call and pay for a plumber. When the fridge goes on the fritz, you get to buy a new one.
When you first get into a new home, there are so many things that you want to do to make it your own. That old linoleum in the bathroom is going to be replaced with ceramic tile, and the 70’s light fixtures have got to go. It is helpful if you set up an account for home maintenance and improvement and put money in it every week. This way you will be prepared for emergencies and won’t have to go into debt when your plumber informs you that you’re going to need a new water heater.
The responsibilities of owning a home are large and, at first, may be a bit overwhelming. If you go about it in an organized way, you will soon find that it isn’t hard to stay on top of all the things you need to do. Make a list of all the maintenance and repair jobs that are likely to come up and then categorize them. For instance, you put all the jobs related to the yard into one category, servicing of home systems into another, and the yearly treating of wood and concrete with sealer, stain, or paint into yet another.
Now, make a calendar and put all these items into it. Be sure to put them in the months where they make the most sense and spread them out as evenly as possible over the year. At the beginning of every month, go over your calendar and see what is coming up in the next four to six weeks. Call any service people to make the necessary appointments and coordinate your work and family commitments with your maintenance calendar so you can avoid conflicts. If you find that you have something pressing on the day you had planned to spray the weeds, simply move that task to a more convenient time.
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