Buying a new house is an investment. An important factor to keep in mind when buying your first home is the home maintenance costs you’ll be responsible for. Keeping your house in good condition maintains property value and keeps it safe. Here are a few expenses to be prepared for as a homeowner.

Home Maintenance Costs to Prepare For

Lawn and Landscape Care

Maintaining your lawn and landscape involves more than buying a lawnmower and some gas. You will need gardening equipment to clear flower beds, move mulch around, trim foliage, and install new plants. If you don’t have the time to maintain your yard, hire a landscaping service. Budget for tree pruning services if you have large branches hanging over your house.

Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance

If you have a fireplace, you will need to budget for its maintenance. Have the chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Include the cost of wood or fuel oil in your budget.

Home Maintenance Costs Include HVAC Maintenance

Routine maintenance will need to be performed on your heating and cooling systems at least once a year. This keeps the equipment running smoothly and minimizes repair needs. Buy replacement HVAC filters and change them regularly. A clogged air filter makes the unit work harder, increases the chance of a breakdown, and can shorten the life of your entire system.

Pool and Spa Maintenance Costs

A pool or spa is a pleasant addition to your new home. You’ll be able to enjoy the cool water on a hot summer day or step into the spa and relax any time you want. However, you will need to learn how to clean and maintain the pool and spa systems. Pool and spa maintenance requires equipment and supplies to clean the water and test and adjust the chemical balance.

Pest Treatment is a Home Maintenance Cost

The pests you may encounter include termites in your walls, ants in the kitchen, mice in the basement, or raccoons in the attic. Take steps to prevent pests from getting inside. Pesticides and professional pest control can be costly. Termite damage is even more expensive, so schedule regular termite inspections to avoid pricey repairs.

When you are ready to buy your first home, set aside money for maintenance and repairs. Experts recommend budgeting between one and four percent of your home’s purchase price for annual home upkeep, with newer homes needing less and older homes needing more.

Peconic Home Inspections offers home maintenance inspections, pool inspections, termite inspections, and other home inspection services. Contact us to request an appointment in the east end of Long Island, Suffolk County, and surrounding areas.