Organization And Recods: Tracking House Repair Receipts

Keep clear records of all household repairs and replacements to ensure that you get the benefits from warranties and guarantees.

Do you know where your dishwasher maintenance guide is? How about the warranty on that dryer you bought five years ago? Keeping track of such records can help you maximize the return on your investment for household appliances. Start a file today to hold warranties, maintenance records, and guarantees along with receipts for purchases and repairs. That way, when something goes wrong, you can check the record to find out which maintenance procedure is due or if it's time to buy a replacement appliance.

You may want to create mini-files for each room or each appliance. That way you won't have to sort through dozens of papers to find last year's receipt for the service call on the refrigerator door handle. If you decide to store all records together in one file, arrange them in reverse chronological order, with the most recent on top, so that you can thumb back through the stack of papers for the approximate date of the document you're looking for.

Keep a thorough assortment of documents. One important item is a copy of rebate forms. That way you'll know if the rebate was actually mailed or not. When you receive the refund, note the date and amount on the original rebate form or make a copy of the check you receive, filling in extra details for the file's clarification. If you don't receive a rebate in the specified amount of time, contact the dealer to find out why.

Another important document is the service manual. This may outline a recommended list of maintenance and service checks that you can follow to get optimum performance from your appliances. Keep good notes that show when the appliance was serviced, by whom, what was replaced, and the cost. This information will help if the appliance goes bad again.

Keep copies of repairs and replacement parts statements. That way you'll know at a glance which parts of the machine have been serviced, and when. For example, you may need to keep track of the garage door repairs in case the technician recommends a full door replacement while the repair is still under warranty.

Tags, booklets, pamphlets, price tags, and other purchase information should be kept in your file. That way you'll be able to find out how old the item is, where it was purchased, and whether you wish to shop at that dealership again, depending on how the current appliance worked out.

Don't forget to add handwritten notes that may have a bearing on future performance. For example, if a necktie gets twisted around the washer's agitator but the machine still seems to work appropriately, you can make a note of the incident in case the washer breaks two months later or stops working quite as well as it should.

Good records are indispensable for good service to your appliances. Store the file with other important household records and update it as needed. Then when something goes wrong, you will have all the information you need to get quality service, repairs, and replacements.

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