Practical tips for organizing your home maintenance records

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If you own a home, you know that a home requires care and upkeep in the form of repairs, renovations and regular maintenance.

There are systems you can put in place to organize home maintenance paperwork including receipts, service providers and projects.

Your first consideration when organizing home maintenance items is to decide whether  you prefer paper or electronic records?

If you choose electronic, then I would suggest scanning in receipts and project paperwork.  There are apps available that will notify you when it’s time to change furnace filters, flush your water heater, sweep your chimney and much more.

Do you have a penchant for paper records?  There are plenty of tools to help you organize your home maintenance paperwork. For example, you can write reminders in your calendar for regular home upkeep. Creating a binder with sections for projects, contractors, checklists and paint swatches will keep all your maintenance information in one place.

If you’re short on time or don’t want to create a binder from scratch, pre-made home maintenance binders are available for purchase, use a search engine to search “home maintenance binder.”  You can also dedicate one large accordion file folder for your home records, or set up  files in your file cabinet.

Make sure to label folders for the different home categories in a way that makes sense to you.

Your house is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Keeping detailed, organized records will simplify home upkeep and your life.

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