Buying your first house should be an exciting experience. Picking the perfect property, imagining how you’ll decorate, and finally getting the keys are all milestone moments. But shopping around for the best mortgage rate and factoring in your closing costs aren’t the only figures you should be thinking about. Buying a house is one thing, but the cost to maintain it is something else.
Experts suggest you should start budgeting for home maintenance before deciding which house is the one for you, and common wisdom says homeowners should expect to spend 1% of their overall home cost in maintenance every year.
But is that really all you’ll need? To find out, we broke down average home maintenance costs in every state. We examined the ZIP codes in each state with the highest home maintenance costs, lowest costs, and where you can expect that money will go every year. If you haven’t thought about how often you should be aerating your lawn (or what that will cost), we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more.