Home maintenance plans make it easy for homeowners to take care of their homes. During maintenance sessions, a competent expert will clean the air conditioner and furnace, replace or repair the thermostat, clean the air ducts and registers, and enhance the interior air quality, among other tasks. The right home maintenance plan can increase the value of your home, provide peace of mind and improve your home’s overall comfort.
What Is a Home Maintenance Plan?
A home maintenance plan is a thorough schedule of all the necessary upkeep tasks. This type of plan is crucial for maintaining a home’s functionality, avoiding breakdowns, and improving its overall efficiency and comfort. The higher the efficiency level of your home, the more money you can save on utility costs.
Common maintenance tasks included in most home maintenance plans are:
- HVAC inspection and cleaning
- Plumbing pipe cleaning
- Air vent cleaning
- Sump pump inspection
- Leaky faucet repair
- Insulation inspection
- Fire alarm and CO2 detector inspection
- Thermostat calibration
- Basement and attic inspection
- Gutter and downspout cleaning
- Electrical wiring inspection
Home maintenance doesn’t include things like cleaning and arranging the house. For example, cleaning the shower and toilet doesn’t qualify as home maintenance. However, repairing a leaky faucet in the bathroom and clearing a clogged shower drain qualify.
Ignoring home maintenance will eventually lead to costly repairs and replacements all around the house. Everything from the plumbing to the HVAC system and more requires regular maintenance to stay in operation.
Increase the Value of Your Home
For most people, buying a home is the largest financial investment they will ever make. When the time comes to sell, you’ll want to get the most money possible. Investing in a home maintenance plan can help you achieve that goal.
Even if you don’t want to sell, keeping your home’s value at the highest possible level is wise for making other financial investments. The higher the value of your home, the more equity you can build. You can use equity lines of credit for just about anything you want, like buying a vacation home, paying for a child’s college tuition, or making home improvements.
If you decide to sell your house, potential buyers will pay more for a home that doesn’t require major repairs. And with a documented home maintenance plan, it becomes simple to showcase all of the major repairs and renovations that you have performed throughout the years. Some people will only buy a home that has proof of proper HVAC, plumbing, and electrical maintenance. A documented maintenance plan allows you to tap into that pool of potential buyers.
Make Your Home More Efficient
A home maintenance plan makes your home more efficient by ensuring all appliances use the least amount of energy possible. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) often use the most power. For optimal performance, you need a home maintenance plan that includes regular maintenance checks and cleanings for your system. Maintaining a clean filter in your furnace and AC helps keep them running more efficiently and reduces your utility bills.
Always invest in a home maintenance plan that includes an HVAC tune-up at least twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. A home maintenance plan that will help your home save the most energy possible will provide, at a minimum, the following services:
- Condenser coil inspection and cleaning
- Safety control check
- Operating pressure issue repair
- Condensate drain cleaning
- Starting capacitor check
- Electrical connection inspection
- Thermostat calibration
- Blower inspection, adjustment and cleaning
- Air flow inspection
- Motor voltage and amperage check
- Lubricant application
- Duct work cleaning
Save Money In the Long Run
Research shows that roughly one percent of a home’s purchase price should go toward annual maintenance. For example, let’s say you buy a home for $275,000. At this price, you should expect to spend about $2,750 a year on home maintenance. Spending money on your home for maintenance may seem counterintuitive to saving money at first. However, the same research shows that for every dollar you spend on maintenance, you can expect to save about $100 on costly repairs in the future.
A home maintenance plan ends up saving you money by helping you pinpoint and address small issues before they result in overwhelming repairs and replacements. For example, let’s say that you notice your AC isn’t cooling the home as well as it did last summer.
During a home maintenance session, the technician notices the AC’s filter is dirty and clogged, so he changes it. This improves the home’s comfort level while also saving money by making the AC more efficient. More so, it allows you to fix your cooling problem for the cost of a filter replacement rather than having to invest in a costly repair or replacement.
Extend the Life of Your Home’s Appliances
It’s very important to invest in a home maintenance plan from a reputable provider. Being able to trust the provider is essential to having peace of mind knowing you aren’t taken advantage of.
Untrustworthy providers will frequently recommend premature replacements for appliances. Trustworthy providers, on the other hand, will create a maintenance plan for your home that focuses on extending the life of your home’s appliances. The longer and more efficiently these appliances operate, the more money you can save on future replacements and repairs.
Make Your Home Safer
A home maintenance plan is also beneficial because it improves the safety of your home. Regular maintenance on the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems makes your home less prone to fire hazards. Simple maintenance tasks like trimming bushes and maintaining strategically planted shrubs and trees can deter theft and break-ins.
Keeping the HVAC system working at optimal efficiency is essential to your home’s safety and comfort. Having the filter changed on the HVAC system and the ducts cleaned regularly are both crucial to your home’s indoor air quality. With cleaner and healthier air comes improved comfort thanks to fewer allergy and asthma symptoms. Most home maintenance plans include thorough inspections and cleanings of a home’s HVAC system.
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