No two houses will require the same amount of maintenance. In fact, there are many factors that influence how much maintenance a home will need. The home’s age, location, and design can all impact the amount of maintenance a homeowner will need to address.
Age of the Home
How old your home is will determine what kind of issues you might have to deal with. In an older home, features and appliances are more likely to reach the end of their lifespans and require upgrades or replacements. Termite damage, mold damage, and hazardous materials are more common in homes that have been around for a longer period of time and face issues associated with weathering from the elements. An old home can also face issues such as improperly done insulation, foundation problems, roof problems, or inefficient windows.
If you live in an area with an especially hot summer or especially cold winter, your home will need more maintenance throughout the year. The local weather conditions can put additional strain on and even cause special damage to your home. Humidity, for example, can cause floors to creak and groan and an excess of moisture can lead to mildew and mold. If your home experiences extreme winters or summers, specific precautions are necessary.
Prepping your home and yard for winter can help you avoid unnecessary, expensive repairs. Winterizing your sprinklers before fall helps you avoid expensive repairs in the spring but failure to prepare appropriately can result in irritating new maintenance issues. Make sure you research your home’s needs based on the climate of your area and act both accordingly and in advance.
Urban v. Rural
Rural homes will often deal with more issues than homes closer to a city. For example, in cities the water quality is usually subject to precise regulations requiring frequent, routine tests to check for toxins and harmful impurities. Rural homes may not have the same requirements and may necessitate costly upgrades, such as the purchase and installation of a new filtration system or even obtaining a new, clean water source like a new well, to ensure high quality water is flowing in the house’s pipes.
Without the public sewer systems of an urban area, rural homes might also face inadequate sewage or septic systems. Private septic systems for waste disposal can malfunction and require maintenance, including pumping, or can be too small to fulfill a family’s needs, requiring a replacement. Rural properties can also face environmental cleanup or toxin concerns, leading to further maintenance needs.
What your home was built with can also determine how much maintenance your home will require. The more durable the building materials, the longer they will last without needing to be repaired. Depending on the type, some materials also require regular upkeep such as cleaning to keep your home’s exterior in good condition.
Long-lasting materials which might require less maintenance include materials like brick, stone, and steel. These materials are less likely to break down and have a far longer lifespan than other materials such as wood, for example, which will not last as long and thus require earlier maintenance. In the interior of your home, quartz countertops and laminate flooring are a few low-maintenance building materials which require less maintenance when it comes to cleaning and repairs.
Location can determine far more than just how the weather will impact your home. The variety of pests in the area, including insects, can also have a large influence. Termites, for example, can infest the walls of a home in an area where these bugs are plentiful, leading to annoying rustling sounds and (even worse) damage to your home’s structure, leading to a need for maintenance. Termites can even come in through a crack the size of a credit card, so it’s important to take care of these things
Size of the Home
It follows logically that a bigger house may require more maintenance than a smaller one. At least, the cost for maintenance is generally higher for larger homes. When you are preparing your annual maintenance budget, be sure to include one dollar per square foot of your home to estimate your maintenance and repair costs, according to professional recommendations. The more square feet, the more space you will need to keep in good condition and the more area for things to go wrong.
When it comes to a home, there are many factors which contribute to your house’s maintenance needs. The location, design, and age of your home can have a large impact on how often you need to make repairs and upgrades to keep your home in good condition.
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