November Home Maintenance

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Real Estate

Home maintenance is important both for your safety and comfort but also to protect the investment you’ve made. Skimping on these costs may lead to the depreciation of your home’s value. Proactive maintenance is essential—without it, your home could lose 10% of its value.

Budgeting for Home Maintenance

Many people don’t know how to budget for home maintenance. One popular rule of thumb says that one percent of the purchase price of your home should be set aside each year for ongoing maintenance. For example, if your home cost $200,000, you should budget $2,000 per year for maintenance. It just means that on average, over a span of a long time period (10 years or more), you’ll spend around $2,000 annually, according to this rule of thumb. Some years you’ll spend far more like when you have to replace the roof and some years you’ll spend far less.

Home Warranty Options

If it is the first year of home ownership for you, you may want to consider a home warranty like one from American Home Shield. A few hundred dollars for a warranty at closing could save you thousands if something breaks. It will also give you time to rebuild your savings.


Outside Your Home:

  • Clean gutters after leaves have stopped falling
  • Have problem trees trimmed including ones that may cause damage during a storm
  • Winterize outdoor water spigots
  • Weather strip your garage door to prevent drafts and keep small animals out
  • Tune up your snow blower
  • Make sure you have salt on hand
  • Cover your grill
  • Add fuel stabilizer to lawn mower gas tank

Inside Your Home:

  • Inspect and change furnace filters, if needed
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Clean garbage disposal
  • Vacuum dryer lint buildup
  • Remove lint from dryer exhaust vent
  • Check and clean range hood fan
  • Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Clean sink faucet aerators - learn how here Insulate bare pipes to prevent freezing
  • Shampoo carpets