Keep File with Maintenance Records

We all have to do it periodically. Buy a home, do maintenance on that home and/or yard, buy a car, do maintenance on that too. But how many of us can say exactly when it was done, how much it cost, who did it, and all the other details of each? If we're honest with ourselves, not many!


I ran across this tip that I got from someone years ago and never thought of it till just recently. Keep a file in the filing cabinet of all major things you have done. Here is a list of some of the things that should go into this file:

  • Home purchase: including date, Realtor, manufacturer (if it's a mobile home) or builder, any other details of the sale, and the bill of sale or deed.

  • Vehicle purchase: date, where from, warranty, anything else, bill of sale and/or title.

  • Any remodeling or improvements to the home or car: date, who did it, details of what was done, receipt for work done, any warranties or guarantees, anything else having to do with the work.

The things to be put into this file should include putting a new roof on the house, putting a new floor or carpet in, painting/wallpapering, landscaping, putting up a fence, remodeling or adding a room, new windows/doors, new furnace or a/c, insulation, anything major that you have done or have had done to your home, car, or yard.


This will serve two purposes. You will have a record of anything that is done in case a problem arises; and when it comes time to sell, you will have a record of all work done to give the buyer.

Source: A long forgotten tip

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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November 10, 20100 found this helpful

Another good thing to keep in the folders are paint color, siding or roofing, etc. sample chips too. ;-)

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November 12, 20100 found this helpful

Glad you remembered and posted this, Cricket! Thanks, and thumbs up!

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