I’m going to add to this but wanted to throw something up to test some new features of the site.
What are some simple steps that you can take around your house to “set it and forget it”? Once implemented, you need only a few minutes every few months to verify they are still functional, again, having your taskminder (in my case, GTasks) to remind you.
Fire extinguishers – you have them, right? If not, you should have them in several places throughout your house. You can hang them or stash them strategically around the house. Furnace area, garage, kitchen and near your BBQ make sense as places you should keep them. Set up a reminder to check them every 6 months – I actually check mine monthly.
Lockbox – keep a key outside? Why would you wrap it up and put it under a rock. Even worse, why get a fake rock and stash it inside it? If you are going to keep a key outside then get yourself a key safe. You can find key safes for around $25 from Amazon. Screw it someplace outdoors, and you’ll never have to worry about not being able to get into your house. Need to leave a key under a doormat for a housekeeper? Why? You can get key safes that hang from door knobs. This way you can only put it outside when you need to, and not have to give your housekeeper the code to the safe that you have permanently mounted outside.
Generator – keep an eye out on Craigslist for generators. If there isn’t a pending massive storm coming, you should be able to find one in decent working condition for a discount.
Plants – I’m terrible about plants. Adding a reminder to water them is a great idea. Perhaps I could find moisture sensors to notify me when they are thirsty? Hmm…