Much like managing a business, managing a home requires careful planning and someone to lead operations. Maintaining up-to-date records of such tasks as home maintenance and repairs makes for a more efficient and secure home, and it is helpful if one decides to sell the home. Homeowners want to be proud of their homes and properties therefore maintaining a home maintenance log to track repairs and maintenance not only ensures a protected home, but also a well maintained and organized home.
You can track repairs and maintenance with a home maintenance log easily by keeping an account of monthly and yearly tasks and add reminders about important appliance and home system servicing needs. Creating a checklist logbook , either using a software spreadsheet or paper and binder record folder, will help you record your system maintenance schedule, service, and repairs.
Below is a list of example category sections for a home maintenance log:
Monthly Home Systems Maintenance: Under the monthly Home Systems Category, list important home systems tasks that require inspection and possible maintenance This can include such tasks as:: clean pipes, change air filters in HVAC System, and much more. These tasks when completed should be noted with the date.
Monthly Home Appliance Maintenance: Under the monthly Home Appliance Maintenance Systems Category, list important home appliances that require inspection and possible maintenance This can include such tasks as: clean dishwasher filter, vacuum refrigerator coils, change air filters, inspect clothes washer drain hoses, inspect garbage disposal, inspect clean dryer lint screen, furnace tune-up, inspect water flow of sink drains, shower drains, and toilet, inspect drain pipes for leaks, and much more. These tasks when completed should be noted in the log with the date.
Yearly Home System and Appliance Maintenance: Under the yearly Home Systems and Appliance Category, list important tasks that require inspection and possible servicing and repair. Once a year professionals should be brought in to service the following: clean out the water heater (drain), service furnace or central heating system, inspect and clean the dryer vent and duct system. inspect and service plumbing system, electrical system checked and serviced, winterize AC. This is also a good time to change batteries in the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector, and more. These tasks when completed should be noted in the log with the date.
Quarterly Maintenance Log: Inspect basement and crawl space for leaks, perform seasonal tasks such as check outdoor air conditioner condenser for fallen branches and dirt build up, inspect attic, inspect basement, inspect foundation, check roof for soft moist spots, check gutters, and more. These tasks when completed should be noted in the log with the date.
Appliance and Home Systems Repair Log: Note the date when a repair was made on an appliance and home system. Date of Service, Appliance, Home System, Repair Service Technician, Contact Info, and Cost. Keep the receipt and repair statement. Repairs when completed should be noted with the date.
Repair Service Contact: Company or Individual Name, Phone Number, Email, Technician Name.
Contractor Info: Contractor contact information and renovation material details. Collect the names and contact information for any contractors who have done work on your home.
Appliance Information: Purchase Date, Purchased From, Price, Serial Number, Warranty. These tasks when completed should be noted with the date.
Home Warranty Information- Company Name, Premium Paid, Contract Length, Policy Number. Each system and appliance has a section to check if it’s covered. Also a usage log for date, what was serviced and the problem.
Manuals and Warranties: Collect the following manuals and warranties: Washer/Dryer, Water heater, Dishwasher, Range/Hood, Refrigerator, Microwave (if built-in), Vacuum (if central vac), HVAC System, and more
Home Warranty Plan
Another way of protecting your home system and appliances is to purchase a home warranty plan. Repairs and replacement expenses can be hundreds and even thousands, far exceeding the home warranty cost for a homeowner. Customers with an ARWHome Warranty Plan receive excellent customer service, immediate repair service for emergency issues, and ARWHome will respond to a request for service within 24-48 hours. Homeowners get quality workmanship guaranteed. ARWHome has the best reputation in the home warranty industry. Efficient home maintenance and a home warranty plan is the ideal way to protect your home appliances and systems.
A home maintenance log is a dated reminder and log for monthly and yearly home maintenance, servicing, and repairs. It helps prevent minor problems from becoming major repairs. As well, a home maintenance log alleviates the worries that homeowners feel when it comes to maintaining their home.