Home Maintenance allows for tracking of all service items related to your home. Home Maintenance comes with the following features:
  • Allows for maintenance tracking of multiple (unlimited) homes.
  • For each Home, you will need to define the Items you’d want to maintain. For instance: Deck, Roof, Siding, and Heat Pump are examples Items. The application comes with a list of predefined items that you can choose from. You can also create your custom Item.
  • Each Item has its own service schedule. For instance, a Deck needs a power wash every 2 years. The predefined list of Items has a recommended service schedule for each Item, but you can modify it to your own needs.
  • Once a service schedule is in place for an Item, the application automatically notifies you (using visual warnings) when the Item’s next service due date is soon to arrive.
  • The Service Record screen allows you to record and track all services done against a particular Item.
  • You can attach one or more photos (either from the Photos Library or directly taken with you iPhone or iPod Touch) to a Home, Item, or Service Record. This is nice because you can visually track the changes over time. You can of course attach pictures of service receipts, providing you with a backup (in case you lose your receipts, which I do all the time).
The application contains 3 main sections: Homes, Items, and Service History. The Homes section is where you manage the Home records. The Items section is where you manage the Items for a selected Home. The Service History section is where you manage the Service Records for a selected Item. Here’s a sample image of what the application looks like when all 3 sections are populated.

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Tap on a Home row to see its Items. Tap on an Item row to see its Service History. The selected Home and Item rows are highlighted in blue, so you can visually relate which items belong to which Home, and which Service History belong to which Item. To add a new Home, tap on the “Add Home” button. To add a new Item, tap on the “Add Item” button. To add a new Service Record, tap on the “Record Service” button. To edit a record, tap on the disclosure icon disclosure. You can also edit a record by tapping on the row when the page is in edit mode. To remove a record, tap the Edit button (top right corner of each section) to enable the removal of each record, as shown below (Homes section):

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Let’s look at the add page for Home, Item, and Service Record. Launch the Home add page by tapping the “Add Home” button (top left corner) of the Homes section:


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Note that you can attach one or more images to this Home by tapping on the Camera icon (see annotated image above). The first image will be used by the application as the icon image in the Homes section. If there are no attached images, the default blue home image will be used. If you want a bigger view of the image, tap on the image to launch the page below:

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Here’s what you will see when you tap on the “Add Item” button (top left corner) of the Items section:

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Note that there are 2 ways to add an Item: 1) Create your own custom Item (by tapping on the “Create a new Item” entry in the popup) or 2) Create by selecting one or more Items from pre-defined list of Items. The application comes with a predefined list of service items that are most commonly used. Here’s the custom Item add page:

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The available fields are:

  • Item Name: name of the item. Needs not be unique
  • Service Desc: service description.
  • Service Frequency: how often does this Item need to be serviced. There’s a pre-defined list of Service Frequencies, tap to choose an applicable one.
  • Next Service Date: use this field to specify when the next service needs to be performed for this item. Initially, if you don’t specify a Next Service Date, the application will not warn you when the Item’s service due date approaches (because it just doesn’t know the Next Due Date). However, once a Service Due Date is specified, the application automatically maintains the Next Service Date based on the Service Frequency (entered in the previous field) and the last service record for the Item (see Service Record on how to create a service record).
  • Warn Me: the number of days to provide a visual warning before the Next Service Date. See below on how the visual warning is presented on the Items page.
  • Notes: you can enter any information in this free-form text field.
  • Pictures: one or more pictures can be attached to this item. Use it to maintain a visual history.

The second method of adding Items is from a pre-defined list. Tap on “Add from a pre-defined list” entry in the popup to bring up the following page:

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Each predefined Item comes with its service description. Tap on one or more row(s) to select and then tap the Save button to add these selected Items to your list of maintained Items.

By default, the page displays all Items. If you want to view only the due (and past due) items, tap on the “Due Items” button. This page is the most important page in the application since it gives you the following information about each Item:

  • Service Due Visual Indicator: uses a traffic light to visually indicates if an item is due for service. Green means a service is not yet due. Yellow means the service’s due date is within the warning period (i.e., service is due soon). Red means service is past due. If the Next Service Date is not specified for an item, the traffic light will be gray.
  • Service Details: this is the gray text line under the Item name. Tells you when service is completed (for One-Time service items), when service is due, or when service is past due. It also tells you if the Next Service Date needs to be specified (for new Items).

Lastly, let’s look at the add page for Service Record. Launch it by tapping the “Record Service” button (top left corner) of the Service Record section:

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This page is self-explanatory. Service Type can be one of the 4 possible values: Install, Maintenance, Repairs, or Other. Notes is a free-form text field. Again, you can attach one or more pictures. This is useful for saving pictures of receipts, repairs, etc.

To email the complete service history of a Home, tap on the Email icon (lower left). You should see the following:

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Select one or more Homes and tap the “Email Maintenance Record” green button bring up the following email page:

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The email message contains all service records for all items for each Home that you selected. Tap on send to email.

If you have additional questions, comments, or feature requests, please contact us at support@pojosoft.com