Owning a house is many things – a place for family and memory making, an investment, a sense of safety. But it’s also a lot of work. Homes these days have many systems, appliances, and equipment to keep them running in ship-shape and sometimes it feels like there is always something to upkeep.
Luckily, your home maintenance binder can make it all easier!
The home maintenance binder serves as a guide for anyone who needs to care for your home, short-term or long-term. It makes sure one of your largest assets is always well protected.
What Information Does the Binder Organize?
The Home Maintenance Binder is broken down into 5 main sections: Property Information, Maintenance Information, Appliances & Equipment, Space Information, and Household Notes. (The full table of contents is in the second photo of this listing.)
It is designed to organize all of your home details, service contacts, task reminders, equipment warranties, and more in one place.
So, when something goes wrong, you don’t need to go searching for the plumber's number or pull the washing machine out to squint at the model numbers.
And, if someone other than the home's primary caretaker needs to step in, they'll know what needs to be done.
Why Keep a Home Maintenance Binder?
There are three main reasons every homeowner needs to keep a home maintenance binder.
1 - An Owner's Manual For One of Your Largest Assets
Homes have a lot of moving pieces and it can feel like something always needs fixing. From water heaters and HVAC filters to way too many different types of lightbulbs in different fixtures.
A Home Maintenance Binder is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about your home. It includes pictures and locations of major appliances and equipment, utility information, warranty details, paint colors and flooring details, and more.
This Binder can save you time and money by letting you avoid grabbing the wrong thing at the hardware store. And by making sure you do the things you need to do to keep your home in top condition.
2 - Make Maintenance Easier & More Consistent
If you're a seasoned homeowner with plenty of time to check things off your mental to-do list, you may instinctively know what needs to be done for your house and when.
But, if you're new to this - or are constantly carrying 52 things in your brain - a Home Maintenance Binder can make it easy to stay on top of the important things.
3 - Give Your Loved Ones What They Need to Care For Your Home
In most homes, one person is the primary caretaker of the property - just like with your finances. And while you have the Family Emergency Binder to guide a loved one through taking over your finances in an emergency, the Home Maintenance Binder guides them through caring for your home.
Your spouse may not know you have an HVAC maintenance contract with a local provider. Or need to know what kind of filter your water system uses. But, if a moment comes where they need to keep things running, it's all in the binder!
The Home Maintenance Binder is a must-have if...
- You're a homeowner who wants to best protect and care for your home!
- You have aging parents who may need help with their home in the future. Having a copy of their Home Maintenance Binder, especially if you don't live nearby, can aid you in setting up service calls and making sure they aren't taken advantage of.
- You own a rental property (or several!) The Home Maintenance Binder will help you keep systems for different assets clear, and make life easier for a property manager.