A home maintenance binder is a great way to stay organized.
When we purchased our first home, the previous home owners left a home maintenance binder that was filled with receipts, warranties and other useful bits of information. I thought this was such a great idea! It was helpful and also gave us peace of mind seeing that maintenance had been kept up.
We have since added to that home maintenance binder and then created a new one when we purchased our next home.
Not only is it helpful for the new owners should you sell, it is especially great to have all your home maintenance items and important receipts in one place.
I used to be TERRIBLE at keeping important receipts. There is nothing more frustrating than spending hundreds of dollars on something, having it stop working a month later and then can’t find the receipt to return it or get a replacement! Such a waste.
This home maintenance binder system is so easy, convenient, and in the end has saved me money (and a little sanity)!
What you need:
- Large 3 ring binder
- 1 package of dividers
- Three hole punch
- Clear page protectors (to hold papers you can’t hole punch)
Using the dividers, create the following categories:
- Paint swatches – when we repaint a room we put a swatch in the binder along with the type of paint (satin, velvet, semi gloss etc). This is helpful if you love the colour and want to touch up a wall or use that colour again.
- Warranties – put the warranties for anything home related (dishwasher, new roof shingles, furnace etc) into one of the page protectors.
- Repair receipts – I have a category for home repair and maintenance receipts. This includes things like furnace maintenance, our new roof shingles, hot water tank repairs, etc. I keep these in a separate category from other receipts (see point below) so that this category can be left should you ever sell. The new owners don’t need receipts for your flat screen. It also keeps things more organized.
- Important receipts and manuals – I keep receipts for things that I may need to find later should something not work and need to be returned or replaced. Things like tv, computer, cell phones, furniture etc.
- Annual Property Assessments
I have tossed around the idea of adding our home insurance to the binder but just haven’t done that yet. Any other suggestions? I would love to hear them.
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