Bob Vila Radio: Home Journal

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Apr 29, 2016 4:24 PM

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I got a question from Jim in Toledo, wondering what’s the best way to stay on top of home maintenance every season without forgetting something. Sounds like you need a home journal, Jim!

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Listen to BOB VILA ON THE HOME JOURNAL, or read text below:

Start by writing down everything you need to do each season for safety checks, repairs, appliance service and cleaning. Put them in a binder or in a file on your computer with sections for spring, summer, winter and fall. Add a project section with receipts, contracts, and before and after photos of the projects you’ve done… and a list of the ones you need to do next.

Save the numbers for your plumber, the gas company and any others you can never seem to find when you need them. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy here too. This is a great place for a tool inventory… and throw in photos, sketches, and product information for that upcoming kitchen remodel, so it’s all ready to go in your home journal when you are.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on the home journal, consider:

Home Additions and Renovation Projects: Where to Begin
Home Maintenance Checklist
Tool Storage