Having (and following) a home maintenance checklist not only keeps your home in good repair for your own family’s enjoyment and comfort. A well-maintained home is worth more when it comes time to sell. Having records of regular maintenance can settle a lot of new buyers’ nerves. The house not only looks good, it IS good.
If you have ever bought a used car, you know how big a difference a record of regular maintenance can make to your confidence that the car is in good shape. It’s the same with a house – with much more value at stake!
Why a checklist? Checklists are great organization tools. They can:
- Give an overview of the many different tasks that need to be done over the course of a year
- Organize and focus your efforts
- Assure that nothing important is overlooked
Home maintenance is so important to the value of your house that realtors, popular media and other folks involved with real estate have created home maintenance checklists. Everyone from the government (HUD) to the New York Times to personalities like Bob Vila has a checklist to help you get those important chores taken care of. Yes, there are sometimes differences in how these checklists organize tasks and what is included on them. But the basic goal is the same: take regular care of your home. This is a Good Thing in itself. It is good for your investment in your home. And it is good for your family.
Our home maintenance schedule is a checklist of sorts organized on a calendar basis so that with a small amount of time each week you can work through all the normal home maintenance tasks. We also have weekly reminder emails for you when you download the schedule to keep you on track. And, of course, if there are tasks you don’t want to do yourself, we can do them for you. It’s the best of both a free-will universe where you can take care of what you want to deal with and a good relationship with experts who can step in at any point. We also have a library of how-to articles on our blog to refresh your memory or help you tackle a new-to-you task.
Now, it may be that you have no plans to move out of your home anytime soon. That’s OK. You might not be so interested right now in the value your home will have down the road. But you probably DO have a strong interest in how comfortable and enjoyable your home is. A house that is in good working condition and well maintained will pay you back in fewer surprises or emergency maintenance experiences. Your family and guests can relax, knowing that they are in a safe well-cared-for place.
Download our Home Maintenance Schedule to keep up on home maintenance tasks.