Why Every Homeowner Should Have a Log Book

A person uses a black pen to log items in a notebook.

There’s a lot involved in owning a home, which is why it can help to keep a laundry list of all the moving parts.

A home log book gives you an organized place where you can record everything from the dates of routine maintenance to specific things you might be out of, like furnace filters, so you’ll always have some on hand.

According to Leslie Glazier, a real estate agent in Chicago, you can use paper and pen or record your home logs in an app on your phone.

The primary purpose of a home log is to keep track of maintenance. Some examples of things you might jot down in a home log include:

  • The name and contact information of any professionals you hire.
  • The date something was repaired or replaced, like air filters or smoke alarm batteries.
  • Seasonal tasks that have to be performed throughout the year.
  • Notes about any major home repairs, like the HVAC system or roof.

You can also customize your home log. For example, if you do a lot of DIY, you could keep a running list of supplies you need for certain repairs, including specific part manufacturers or serial numbers.

Whether you’re already a homeowner or planning to become one soon, a log book will come in handy almost immediately.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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