When I was newly married and we did not yet own a home I went to listen to a man speak about being prepared. He discussed being prepared for emergencies, things going wrong in your home, and in the case of you or your spouse dying. I realized then how much information we need to know in order to be prepared and to be homeowners. So many passwords, shut off valves, financial information, filters to change, etc. There is so much to remember!
The man that spoke offered a set of binders with all these spreadsheets, forms, and notes to efficiently run your home. They were big, bulky, and pricey. And even with those negatives, I almost bought them. I think if I had owned a home I would have. Or if I had had 2 cents to rub together. I am not a highly organized person by nature. And I get overwhelmed easily when I think of everything that needs to be done all at once. I forget to change the furnace filter until there is a problem with the furnace! Lets face it, there are better things to worry about, right? Like what paint color to use for your next project or taking the seats out of your van so you can go to yard sales and thrift stores.
So I was EXCITED when I got an email from HomeZada. They offer a free program for Homeowners that does it all for you!
I genuinely think this is genius. If I had bought those binders and happened to lose them, or they got stolen, or ruined in a fire or flood then I would have been in trouble. But this is the same thing only BETTER. All my information is stored in a safe online data center. I can access it from any computer or even my phone. It can send me alerts and reminders.
I love their whole concept of becoming a CEO of your home. We need to take more control of the maintenance and make the most of our time and money. Because I think we all know if we have an efficient home, it saves both. I am going to talk a lot about that this fall. I really want to be better about it and for some reason fall seems like the best time to do it. I get all itchy to clean and get organized.
Here are some of them main things this program does that I like:
* Manages your home improvement projects from inspirational ideas, to budgets, to saving your online shopping research, to your actual costs. This also helps in the decision making of between couples of what projects to undertake, and the constant battle of what you like versus what you can afford.
* Manages your home maintenance tasks for both indoor and outdoor things by having a system automatically remind you of all the little things we tend to forget as homeowners, that end up costing us more money in the long run.
* Keeps a home inventory for insurance purposes. Just think about this year alone, with tornadoes in the spring that hit the Midwest, the forest fires in Colorado and the west coast, and Hurricane Isaac recently that caused so much damage to people’s homes and their possessions. Even individual home fires resulting from a variety of reasons.
The basic subscription to HomeZada is free, and that includes the inventory manager, property assets lists, and seasonal maintenance checklists. But you can upgrade to the Premium package which is $9.95/month or $99/year, and that gives you full access to shared to-do calendars, budget planning, and the ability to integrate your maintenance calendar with other online calendars. So if you already have an online calender you like to use for other things you can integrate the two!
I love the idea of all my info being in one safe place. And I love that the place is not in my house… collecting dust :)
***I was compensated for my time to write this post but the excitement and opinions are all my own. I turn down sponsored post DAILY because they are not a good fit for me and my readers. I only choose to work with companies I believe in and I am happy to share new ideas, products and companies with you. Thanks!