ROSIE ON THE HOUSE

How to manage your home in the digital age

Dec 3, 2020, 3:03 PM | Updated: 3:04 pm
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Do you have a filing cabinet drawer or two, or three or even a few three-ring binders full of receipts for appliances, big purchases and work done on your home?

It’s time to move into the digital age and file them securely online.

Digital home management gives you the ability to start or update your home’s inventory, track a maintenance calendar, manage your home remodel projects, understand your home finances, and market your home when you are ready to sell it.

For more than a decade, Rosie on the House has been developing elements of this concept and teamed up with HomeZada, a revolutionary and state-of-the-art technology provider.

Using sophisticated state of the art security technology including 256-bit encryption, the world’s leading cloud infrastructure provider that securely stores the data in multiple data centers and is continuously backed up, HomeZada makes managing home inventory, budgeting, maintenance projects, and schedules and remodeling projects easy.

Manage your home

Home improvements:

HomeZada offers templates for more than 40 common home remodeling projects. Create all the projects you are considering, including shopping choices to research and save on different product and brand options. Compare high, medium, and low budgets that are realistic based on your decisions over what you want and need.

Many remodeling projects are considered financial investments in your home. It is important to keep accurate financial records for tax planning purposes or the selling of your home.

Multiple dashboards and scorecards provide financial visibility into all your previous remodels.

Maintenance:

Create a preventative maintenance schedule with recurring tasks. Email and news feed reminders notify you when these tasks need to be done which keeps your home operating efficiently and saves money on energy bills.

These tasks also keep equipment and materials in good working condition which avoids expensive repair costs.

Track all the small fix-it projects. Keep track of costs, contractors who perform the work, warranties, receipts, or documents, before and after photos, and the dates when the work was completed. This helps you keep great maintenance records of your home.

On-screen reports and dashboards summarize your annual and monthly preventative and repair costs. Use this information to budget for future maintenance costs to fully assess the total cost of ownership of your home.

Inventory:

Easily personalize your home’s inventory by taking and uploading photos of all your rooms and items.

Estimate the value of your personal property to make sure you are properly insured. If you bought high-end electronics or recently received jewelry, take a picture and add it to your inventory.

Be prepared with your inventory and documents safely stored in case your home is ever damaged, robbed or destroyed.

Record, upload and play back videos for every room on your property. HomeZada’s advanced recognition A.I. technology automatically detects inventory objects in the video.

Use the recognition technology to take photos of receipts that converts it to text to provide more details for your inventory.

Finances:

HomeZada is the single platform that brings together all your home financial asset information and various categories of expenses.

Track your home insurance policy coverages and cost as well as your property taxes. Budget for all ongoing household expenses such as energy, water, garbage, internet, and other premium expenses, like landscaping and pool services.

HomeZada regularly updates your loan to ratio value, estimated home value, and your home value forecast. It is a great tool for managing your home and understanding how it contributes to your overall financial health.

If you used to balance your checkbook with a pen and a piece of paper and then converted to Quickbooks, then you understand how much HomeZada can simplify this task.

Real estate market:

Thinking about selling your home? Using real-time current data, get a market comparable analysis report that assesses recent sales, current listings, and sales history near your home.

You can also enter any address in the U.S. as a potential buyer to see market comparisons of homes you are considering buying.

Publish an online brochure of your home that displays unlimited photos of your rooms and features. Share multiple remodel projects, maintenance schedules, inspection reports, owner’s manuals, or other important information.

You can provide a copy of the Zada File and all its information to the buyer in their own HomeZada account. This will differentiate your home as buyers realize that yours is well maintained with a “paper trail” beyond what they could imagine.

Manage multiple properties:

Whether you own a vacation home, rentals, or keep tabs on your parent’s or children’s properties, use HomeZada to manage up to three properties per user account. Easily switch between properties and the projects for each one.

For most of us, our home is our largest asset and biggest expense. Keeping accurate records, regular maintenance schedules, and up to date inventory is key to keeping your home in good financial and working order.

Knowing that your important documents are secure and your inventory is up to date is one less thing to worry about.

Get started at Rosie On The House online or click here. The cost is $7 monthly. Pay annually and it’s $5 a month. Use the promo code “ROSIE” and save an additional 25% on your first year!

For more do-it-yourself tips, go to rosieonthehouse.com. An Arizona home building and remodeling industry expert for 35 years, Rosie Romero is the host of the Rosie on the House radio program from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on KTAR-FM (92.3) in Phoenix, 9 to 11 a.m. on KAFF-AM (930) in Flagstaff, and 10 to 11 a.m. on KNST-AM (790) in Tucson.

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How to manage your home in the digital age