Keeping a house is not a piece of cake as you have to constantly look after it and take care of it all the time. No matter how much you have paid for it there will be times when there will be leakage in the basement or cracks in the sealing or the sewerage pipe need to be unclogged. This means you have to save some money for the weekly or monthly maintenance of your house. For example you want to mow your lawn grass once in a week and you inspect all the water fixtures once every three months. Some of this stuff is easy to remember but when you have many things going on in your life, you can’t remember when was the last time you cleaned the garbage disposal or checked the basement if there is any leakage or not. You need to write down every detail in this situation for the future references and to remember what will be the next time your house will need maintenance. All this information is kept in a document called house maintenance log. It’s just a documented process of keeping record of your previous maintenance procedures and charges so that in the future, it will help you to recall the maintenance processes and charges.
Whether you live in an apartment or in a lake house, you have to repair a number of household things every month such as kitchen sink, bath tub or radiator in the living room. This maintenance log helps you to remember when was the last time you waterproof the basement and when you will need to do it again in the future. You can also put the charges you paid to the handy man or maintenance team so that when you call the same guys in the future for the same service, you know they are not costing you extra. This way every month you can separate an amount of money from your salary to pay for the upcoming repairs of maintenance stuff. Keeping a maintenance log saves you from finding any surprise repairs in the house as you always have a rough idea about the maintenance services of the next month and their charges.
House maintenance log varies for an apartment, flat or a lake house but there are some contents that remain the same. For example sometimes it’s not possible to have a hot tub in an apartment so you can’t put that on the log but it’s certainly possible in a big home so there you have to put in it in the log. Common stuff like garbage disposal cleaning, unclogging the bath tub or kitchen sink and making sure the windows are waterproof remains the same in every kind of maintenance log. If you want to design such a log, it depends on the type of the house you are living in and the number of family members living in the house. If you think that sounds difficult you can get help from number of websites which offer to create such a log free of cost. You can certainly prepare a log by a common paper and pen or by creating a new spreadsheet on computer which serves like a professional log.
General uses of house maintenance log in our daily lives:
- It helps the owner of the house to allocate finances for upcoming repairs of the house.
- This way the owner can be sure to perform the maintenance activities on time before it’s too late.
- It helps the owner to recall when was the last time he or she repaired a specific thing or item and if it needs to be repaired or checked again or if there is still some time left.
- It helps to be prepared for the future expenses that will cost you a fortune.
- If there are some repairs that need to be done on regular basis, this log reminds you to do that on time.