When it comes to home maintenance, it’s easy to let it fall to the wayside. Life takes over, and there are a million other things to do, and undertaking any kind of maintenance is pretty much the last thing on the list. But then…something breaks or stops working, and you end up having to put all those other things on hold to take care of this maintenance. It can be a vicious cycle.
How do you avoid that scenario? By creating a home maintenance plan.
A home maintenance plan doesn’t need to be incredibly in-depth and time-consuming. Depending on your schedule and time, you can try to fit it in between other things or set aside a dedicated day. But any time you put in will definitely pay off when it’s time for property inspections, so don’t delay!
Break it down by area
The first recommendation for a home maintenance plan is to break it down for yourself. Doing checks in chunks is far more manageable, and you can schedule it any day you see fit. For example, you can set aside a whole day for outdoor maintenance on a light weekend day, such as Sunday.
You can plan to do quick checks in kitchens and bathrooms once a month and bedrooms another day. Or you can go all in and plan one whole day for home maintenance checks, going area by area in each part of your house.
It’s really based on your schedule, but setting aside time can be incredibly beneficial in ensuring your home is in the best shape possible. Find some time in your calendar, set a reminder, and plan the rest of the day accordingly.
Plan for seasonal maintenance
Each season brings its own unique challenges for homeowners. Whether it’s trying to protect your home against rising temperatures or trying to ensure your house can withstand colder weather, there is always something to consider.
For example, rainy seasons can bring on challenges for gutters and sewers, so vigilance is always good! Planning some time for seasonal maintenance can help you avoid many costly issues down the line since you’ll be able to spot essential maintenance a lot faster.
While seasonal maintenance is obviously harder to pin down on the calendar, prompt yourself to put some time in when you can (generally) predict that there will be some weather changes. Even if you’re off by a few days, you’ll still be out ahead overall. This will be particularly helpful if your property is up for inspection since you can take care of any repairs or fixes well ahead of time.
Set aside a small budget
Another part of your home maintenance plan that probably isn’t discussed much is budgeting! Even if you spot an issue that you know really should be fixed before it gets worse…do you have the budget for it? Setting aside a little bit can go a long way when unexpected repairs come up. Combined with the added benefit of having caught a maintenance need early on, and you come out pretty okay!
Unexpected maintenance can be a significant drain on finances, not to mention the inconvenience and time it takes up. Having a small budget allocated towards home maintenance allows you to protect the investment you’ve made in your home without having to dip into savings for repairs and maintenance constantly.
Your home is one of your most significant investments, so it does need some care and attention. Even if it’s small checks over the course of a month or going through a big checklist every so often – it helps! Regular checks can help you avoid any major issues and save you time and money in the long run. If you’d like to learn more about home maintenance and quality inspections we offer for your home, please get in touch.