We all do repairs and maintenance on our homes. Those repairs can be minor to costly but are necessary to protect your single largest investment. The benefits to doing the repairs and improvements should be obvious, but did you know its always a good idea to also document your work?
All repairs minor, major should be documented. Keep a home repair folder at hand to store receipts for paid work, purchased items if it was a DIY (do it yourself) project, make a list of details associated with the repair and what may have been replaced. Details about the problem and how it was corrected all make for a good reference later.
If something you purchased to repair or replace something in your home is faulty, having all these documents assures you should be able to get your money back. If you paid to have work done, and the work turns out to be faulty, your record keeping will be invaluable in small claims court. Be sure to also photograph before and after, and in some cases each step.
When doing renovations the same rules apply. Keep a folder of all the renovation projects and their associated costs. Photograph before, during and after. Include things like measurements, paint colors and what store each item involved in the renovation came from. For work you paid for, be sure to attach a business card to your folder so that you can use them for later reference. Documenting your home improvements and renovations inside and out are also handy for insurance purposes, and a great tool of reference if selling your home. Most home buyers would be impressed to see a detailed list of all the work you put into your home and also feel confident that they are purchasing a well maintained home.
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