February 11, 2019

Did you know that many car dealerships offer regularly scheduled maintenance as part of the sale when you buy a car from them?  There’s good reason for this.  Maintaining a vehicle in good running condition extends the life of the car but also, can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair costs!  Performing regular oil changes improve your gas mileage and can keep your car running well for years to come.

A house is very similar, in that regular upkeep can save you from paying out big money for repairs! Just as a vehicle needs a little attention like regular oil changes, your home requires a little attention of things like annual furnace filter changes!

How much might you save by practicing good home maintenance?

  • On average a new roof can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $24,000 or more; cleaning out the gutters regularly can help avoid much damage that can result in leaks and the need to replace the roof
  • A leaking pipe left to itself could actually cause THOUSANDS of dollars in damage from standing water or mold that may result; checking pipes occasionally can make a huge difference in your water bill, too!
  • HVAC upkeep averages anywhere from $50 – $200 annually to maintain proper working order; the cost of a new unit averages $6,000 – $12,000 or more installed

Arm yourself with the facts! Not only will regular home maintenance save you money on many major repairs needing to be done, but it also translates into increased equity gains.  That means a higher resale price when the time comes to sell.  And let’s not forget about the savings of NOT having the headaches of a system that quits working just when you need it most!

One good source for homeowner Maintenance To Do lists are through your local marketing specialist. One seemingly insignificant item missing from your current Home Maintenance check list could be leaving your home vulnerable.  Email me to subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates that include the newest technology advances, local resources and general area real estate information!

Don’t forget to check the outside hose spigot for leaks before turning it on this spring and subscribe now for welcome and timely reminders that could save you many dollars in repair costs.  Consider it a deposit into the BANK OF HOME EQUITY, earning you increased value year after year.

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