This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by HomeZada. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Opinions as always are my own.
Owning a home is a TON of work, am I right?
In 2005, when we moved into our current home it was the first time John or I had ever owned before. In fact, we moved to the Pacific Northwest from California so we could afford to buy. While it is awesome to have our own place there is a lot to keep up, and I’m not the best at managing that stuff. Hush John, I don’t need you to comment. I fully admit home upkeep is not my specialty.
So we just learned about Homezada. Its a web site (with corresponding mobile app) that is essentially a digital hub for all things home management. The free software includes home inventory, a place to store property documents, home maintenance recommendations, and access to the mobile apps. The premium membership for $5.95 per month includes all of the free features, as well as maintenance and home improvement management systems for up to three properties, and calendar and organization of home “to-dos” including alerts when action is needed in your home.
Its very comprehensive so at first glance it might look a little daunting, but its actually a pretty intelligent system. It puts a lot of the detail in for you (or gives you suggested check lists), and its up to you to tweak. When I saw this site, I immediately thought of a few things:
#1 We could really use this for organizing our household to-dos. (More on that later.)
#2 This would have been great when we first moved in and wanted to inventory our home for insurance purposes. It actually pulls information about your home from Zillow and predicts the rooms and inventory items you might have. Then you just edit from there.
#3 I have friends who are in the process of updating their home to get ready to sell, and this type of software would be perfect for them to manage remodel projects, maintenance and finances related to selling. (And I’ve already told them about Homezada.)
So back to organizing my family’s household to-dos. Our needs-to-get-done list and the would-be-nice-to-get-done lists are basically swimming around in my head (and John’s) at the moment. Things like “how long has it been since the laundry air duct was cleaned out?” or “when was the last time we changed the air filter?” isn’t written down any where. And then there are things I never would have thought about, like “check that the water shut off valves are working,” which wasn’t even on my radar before my 4-year-old busted the pipe in our upstairs bathroom and flooded 3/4 of our house two years ago. Would have been soooo nice to have had Homezada then to remind me to check the shut off valve, eh?
There are complete suggested home maintenance check-lists integrated into the software to help you determine what types of things should be maintained. Like I said, we had never owned a home before this one and home maintenance is not something they teach in school. (For the love, please someone start teaching this in school! Much more important than algebra IMO.)
When you create your home maintenance calendar, you can determine who the responsible party will be, when the task needs to be done, and how often. Or if you’re not sure, the system will recommend frequency dates. Then if you want to, you can also easily add the more everyday or every week to-dos, like taking out the trash, yard work, cleaning the oven, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.
John had a great thought that we should include the kids in these to-dos. As they get older and take on more responsibility, adding them in as the responsible party on our calendar would be a great teacher and motivator. Don’t they look excited when I showed them the site?! LOL.
To learn more about the Homezada to-dos manager, I checked out this quick video. If you’re interested in other aspects of this comprehensive home management software, visit the company site for more videos.
So what do you think? Is Homezada a system you might like to check out? How are you with home maintenance and organization? Anything that helps me stay more on top of the house is sorely needed.
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