Whether you rent or own your home, there are regular
maintenance tasks that need to be performed — either as part of
your rental agreement or to protect your investment. Some of
these tasks are obvious, such as mowing the lawn and replacing
light bulbs, but others are easily forgotten. Creating an annual
home maintenance calendar can help you stay up to date.
Identify All Tasks — The first step is to compile a list of all
maintenance needs your home requires throughout the year. Write
them down as they come to mind, and don’t forget to include
required tasks listed in your rental agreement or home warranty.
Schedule by Frequency — Organize the jobs by how often they
should occur — monthly, seasonally, and annually — and put them
on the calendar. For example, aerating your lawn and inspecting
the air conditioning system are both best performed in the spring
so schedule them accordingly.
Group by Room or Category — Make maintenance as efficient as
possible by organizing similar tasks in ways that work for you. For
example, spring cleaning may be easier to accomplish if you take
a room-by-room approach, or you may prefer to tackle all the
windows at once.
Designate a Day and Time — Be specific when creating the
calendar. Select a specific day and time to handle necessary
upkeep, and don’t be stingy with the amount of time you set aside.
Remember, you’d rather be thorough and safe than quick and
Set Up Reminders — Add scheduled home maintenance tasks to
whatever system you use to manage appointments and to-dos. If
you rarely look at your wall calendar, don’t fool yourself into
thinking that little note saying “sweep chimney” will be noticed.