Organise Your Home’s Social Life With a Dedicated Service Contact List
The moment you hear that first sniffle and see the flush of fever creeping into their faces, you don’t think twice – you call your house doctor and make an appointment for your loved one.
When you turn the corner and you hear an unhealthy rattling grind, and you see a splash of oil or a wisp of smoke, you know exactly which service centre to call for your beloved car.
Of course, taking care of your loved ones, and keeping your car going is important, but what about your home?
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Can you honestly say you have the same level of dedication when it comes to the roof over your head?
Having a properly organised system of contacts for each aspect of your home can save you time, tears and money in the long run.
Why not start a file this month (digital or ink and paper) and consolidate all your home service providers before you need them?
The obviously important contacts are for things like emergency electricians and plumbers who work in your area. And don’t charge an arm and a leg for a Sunday evening call-out. But don’t feel limited to these contacts.
Consolidated Contact List
Do you use a gas system for cooking or heating? Who installed it and when last was it checked?
Does your home have a swimming pool? Don’t just think about the pump here, what about structural maintenance? Stopping a crack before it becomes a leak can save you thousands on water bills.
What about electric fencing, gate motors or automated garage doors? Not only are these crucial to your safety and security, but timeous repairs can save you the cost of replacement.
It makes sense to build a relationship with service providers for your home. Many of them offer guarantees on the workmanship, above and beyond any inherent product or component guarantees. This means that, should you have a similar problem within six months or a year, you are set. If you get the previous service provider to come back, it will save you effort and cash. It also allows them to work on a problem they are familiar with.
There is another bonus to building good relationships, particularly with emergency maintenance providers like plumbers and electricians. If you have used the same company for a couple of years, you are comfortable with inviting their employees into your home. When you get that call that your drains are overflowing while you are chilling on the beach somewhere you can give your guy a call with no worries. Then the repair work can start while you pack up your beach umbrella and wash the sand from your toes.
Isn’t that better than coming home to a plumbing crisis a day before you have to be back at work?
More Than a Service Contact List
Apart from just consolidating your emergency contacts, this can also be where you keep your product warranties, purchase receipts, operational manuals and compliance certificates. Consider including a copy of your homeowners’ insurance policy for easy access when something goes wrong.
Having an organised system for the general maintenance of your home will benefit you in the long run and make homeownership more of a joy and less of a burden.
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