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Being a homeowner is great, right? It’s your favorite place to relax after work and host friends, and it’s empowering to know you own your home. It brings comfort, peace of mind, and...maintenance. A lot of it. From unexpected plumbing problems and worn-out weather sealing to roofing issues and fallen trees, you never know what maintenance demands, whether routine or emergency, will throw at you.

Keeping up with a home maintenance schedule.

The secret to staying on top of your maintenance to-do list is to stay organized and turn common maintenance tasks into clockwork-like habits. Routine maintenance also helps prevent larger, more expensive issues like roofing issues, flooding, plumbing problems, etc. Here are a few tips for staying on track.

Use one of these maintenance tracker apps.

Using an app to streamline your home’s upkeep allows you to see how much time and money you put into keeping your home running in shipshape. From tracking appliance usage to scheduling seasonal maintenance tasks, home maintenance applications can help you get ahead and stay ahead. You can set them up to send text alerts or phone notifications, sync them with your Gmail account, or simply set a reminder to check in with the app regularly.

Create a seasonal checklist!

Whether you prefer an old school planner, a wall calendar, or a chalkboard in the garage, make a list of things that need to be tackled each season. Prepping your home for freezing temperatures in the winter, having your HVAC serviced in the spring, cleaning out gutters in the fall, and having the roof and exterior surfaces of your home cleaned in the summer are all maintenance tasks that prevent more serious issues and protect your home year-round. As they pop up, make sure you record when they were completed and when they need to be addressed again.

Use your Google calendar!

Google calendar is customizable, easy to use, and will even send you a notification reminding you when certain tasks are coming up! Simply create a separate calendar for home maintenance tasks so it’s not cluttering up your regular calendar and schedule out your home maintenance to-do list ahead of time. This will keep you from getting into a bind with any time-sensitive tasks and save you from any nasty surprises.

Want to know a secret? You can actually enjoy all the perks of homeownership without the hassle of home maintenance by investing in a maintenance-free community.

Check out maintenance-free homes from D. Stone.