Keep an ongoing list of professional services you need done. Having a list could save you lots of money. This is not for a "honey do" list, this is great to have on hand for when you have to seek a professional for a more pressing problem.
In the modern age of phone apps for everything, there are many ways to keep your list. I still like to write some of mine.
No matter how you keep track of your lists, just keep them for infrequent services.
I like to keep a plumber repair list. This list is just minor repairs that do not need immediate attention. Then when that plumbing emergency happens, I can have all my repairs done at once. This saves money because there is always an initial service call charge or a minimum fee for service. Many times, minor repairs can be done under the same minimum. So, you get your list done for free.
- Toilet float in powder room is sticking
- Garbage disposal knob pressure is weak
- Master bath right sink has a slight drip when on
You can do the same for the electrician. You should never let electrical repairs go unattended, but when you have an electrical problem, you may want minor things done at the same time.
- Installing a dimmer switch in the dining room
- Adding an extra outlet on the kitchen island
- Why does the power go out on an outlet when the toaster and microwave are used at the same time
When a strange light comes on the dash. I take a photo and email it to my auto mechanic. If it requires immediate attention, I bring the car in. My contact card will have a list in the notes section of other minor things wrong.
- Rattle near right driver tire
- Left passenger door handle sticks
- Need new wipers
- Not sure if the heater in the seat is working
When going for an annual physical, its always a good idea to take your list of questions. You need to determine if something is an emergency and needs to be tended to immediately. I would always call the pediatrician's nurse to help me determine that. For non-urgent questions, I would make a list. I would also include other medical things my doctor might want to know.
- Got flu shot at pharmacy on (date)
- Went to urgent care on (date) for....
- Could you look at .....
- Should I be concerned about......
These are just a few occasions where lists made in advance might be helpful. I'm sure you could think of many more.
Do you keep lists?
What kind of lists do you keep?
What do you use to keep your lists?
Tell me about your lists in the comments of this blog.