“Make your life easier and a little less stressful by planning out your home’s maintenance for the whole year all at once, filling out an annual calendar and setting yourself reminders so you stay on track all year long!”
– Apartment Therapy
When we moved into our new townhouse, I resolved to keep on top of all those maintenance tasks I tend to forget, like vacuuming the refrigerator coils, re-sealing the grout and flushing the water heater.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure of what all we’re supposed to do. Even the things I do know, I rarely remember – until there’s a problem and the repair-person asks the last time we performed some basic task, like cleaning or lubricating the broken appliance.
So, I figured I needed to make myself a home maintenance calendar.
“The problem is remembering the numerous little home and auto maintenance tasks you need to take care of. The solution? A home maintenance calendar.”
– Trent Hamm
You can Google “home maintenance calendar” and find a bunch of suggestions for what to add, and even some ready-to-print checklists, but I found I needed to create a custom home maintenance calendar to cover everything at my house.
To create our home maintenance calendar, I reviewed all the instructions for appliances, because these list maintenance needs specific to the models we have. I also reviewed the home warranty information we received, as well as several online lists (Art of Manliness, Lifehacker and Home Repair Resource Center all have good suggestions). Finally, I walked through the house looking for items I’d missed.
By creating a custom calendar, you can also avoid reading through all the things that don’t apply to you. For example, I live in a townhouse, and the HOA hires people to deal with outside maintenance. I don’t need to clean my own gutters or winterize the sprinkler system, and don’t want my home maintenance calendar to remind me of these tasks.
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
– John F. Kennedy
While you can use a paper calendar or checklist to remind yourself of upcoming maintenance tasks, I find a digital calendar is best, mostly because it’s so easy to automatically repeat to-dos every month, every 2 months, every year, or whatever time frame I need.
If I change my mind once I get started (for instance, the furnace filter needs replacing more often than I’ve scheduled), it will be simple to change. I already use Google Calendar and found it easy to add a new “home maintenance” calendar. I can display these tasks along with my regular appointment calendar, or show only one calendar at a time.
If you’re more of a paper-calendar person, you might want to type up a checklist you can print out instead of handwriting on your calendar, since it’ll be a lot easier to make changes that way. It’ll also save you from rewriting all those entries every year.
Do you have a home maintenance calendar? Do you keep it digitally or on paper? Have any tips you’d like to share?