Why you need to be doing home maintenance

December 23, 2016

Home maintenance is one of the harsh realities of home ownership. When you rent your home, your landlord takes care of any maintenance and repairs that need to happen. Once you buy a home, though, you are the only one who is responsible for keeping your house well-maintained and functional.

Some parts of home maintenance are simple and easy to do. For example, the hardest part of changing out your HVAC filters is remembering that you need to do it. Some other home maintenance tasks are more complicated. Many people don’t even realize that they should be vacuuming their refrigerator coils regularly, but failing to do so can make your refrigerator run hotter and less efficiently, and can waste money on your electric bills. In severe cases, dusty refrigerator coils can actually cause your whole refrigerator to break and need to be repaired or replaced.

If you’re a home owner, you have a choice. You can do maintenance, or you can make repairs. Maintenance takes a little bit of time and money up front, and it keeps you from having to spend hundreds or thousands on repairs later.

To understand the importance of home maintenance and how much you can save by doing regular home maintenance, let’s look at a few numbers:

  • The average selling price of a home in Massachusetts in the past 6 months is $390,000
  • 2-4% of a home’s value is spent on home maintenance.
  • Average home repairs cost $8,000 per year

If you don’t take care of your home maintenance, you are going to end up with costly repairs. Home maintenance means spending a little bit of time and money before you have a problem, to prevent there being a problem. Repairs mean spending a lot of money after a problem has already happened, not to mention the time you’ll have to spend not being able to use the thing that is broken.

Of course, regular maintenance takes time, and most people would rather spend their free time enjoying themselves instead of working on the house. We have affordable monthly maintenance plans to fit every budget, so you can save money on repairs later on without having to spend hours every month on your home maintenance. Give us a call today to find out what maintenance plan is right for your home and budget, and to schedule your first monthly maintenance appointment!