When you buy a home for sale in Lake City, you know that home ownership costs money – but are you ready for these three home maintenance costs?
3 Home Maintenance Costs That Surprise First-Time Buyers
The most common (and often most surprising) home maintenance costs that first-time buyers need to know about include:
- HVAC maintenance
- Pest control
- Duct cleaning
You should have your HVAC system checked each year – preferably twice. That’s because when you spot problems early, you’ll be able to tackle them head-on (and possibly avoid an HVAC failure, which can be extremely expensive).
You can expect to spend between $150 and $200 each year on HVAC maintenance and inspections.
Pest control is more important to some people than others – but if you see ants, mice or anything else that you didn’t invite into your home, you’ll probably need a pest control service.
You can expect to spend between $50 and $200 for initial pest control treatments, and you may pay between $40 and $100 per month for regular services, depending on the company you choose to work with.
When you buy a home, you don’t know what’s in the ducts – and for most people, it’s a good idea to have them cleaned thoroughly, especially if anyone who has allergies will be living in or visiting the house. If the previous owner had pets, duct cleaning may be even more important.
You can expect to spend between $450 and $1,000 to have all the ducts in your new home cleaned.
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