The Benefits of a Preventative Home Maintenance Program
Updated: May 18
Home owning is vastly different from renting and requires a lot of responsibility when it comes to addressing maintenance issues. There’s no landlord to come and fix the problem - it’s all on you.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and nothing could be more true when it comes to the state of your home.
Waiting until a minor issue becomes a major problem can not only be detrimental to your bank account but could affect other factors too, such as safety, home insurance and even warranties.
Many homeowners are not interested in spending their time keeping up with household maintenance and repairs - and we don’t blame them!
That’s why Residential Maintenance Services offers a preventative home maintenance program to take the time and worry out of maintaining a home!
Here are some other ways a preventative maintenance program can be beneficial to you and your home:
The Benefits of a Preventative Home Maintenance Program
Yes, maintenance does cost money but it also helps prevent issues down the road that will put an even bigger strain on your wallet.
In fact, the national statistic on the cash value of home maintenance states that for every $1 you spend on maintenance, you save up to $100 of repairs in the future.
That sounds like quite a deal, right? It is until you factor in the time and effort it takes to carry out the multitude of maintenance tasks your home requires. Suddenly, it can seem overwhelming and not worth doing.
That’s why homeowners should consider a preventative home maintenance program that offers automated services to keep up with maintenance and inspections around the home.
No homeowner really wants to continually do maintenance tasks over and over again but the longer you ignore these necessary steps, the less efficient your home will operate.
Think about your bathroom drain or dishwasher’s filter. How often do you clean those? Probably not as often as you perform other household tasks such as sweeping your floors.
It’s easy to dismiss the maintenance of your home when you can’t see what needs to be done. Behind the scenes, however, are components of your home that need to be taken care of in order for things to run smoothly and efficiently.
For example, if your home has a furnace system, the filters need to be cleaned and replaced periodically. Failing to do so puts additional strain on your furnace and could lead to poor performance and a premature breakdown.
So not only does preventative home maintenance save you in future repair costs, but it also makes your home more energy-efficient and saves you more money in the long run.
Having home insurance is great if there’s damage to your home that needs to be repaired. However, if the insurance company deems that your home is not sufficiently maintained, they could refuse to pay out on a claim or even cancel your policy.
Insurance companies may make recommendations for repair after a home inspection that relate to liability issues or general maintenance, prevention and safety. If you do submit a claim, they may become aware of a risk in your home that needs to be addressed and may require you to fix it.
Instead of waiting for disaster to strike, or for insurance companies to become involved in the state of your home, signing up for a preventative home maintenance program can help avoid these issues altogether.
Just like home insurance, any warranties on your home’s components are unlikely to be honored if issues and breakdowns are caused by lack of maintenance. For example, if you’ve never changed those air filters on your HVAC system and suddenly the fan burns out, any warranties on that system are not going to cover the repairs.
Warranties are designed to cover faulty parts and operation as long as the product is being used properly and is maintained.
Ultimately, well-maintained components and appliances are going to last longer anyway but, even if they get old and wear out from age, warranties will often cover the cost of repair or replacement - saving you money in the end.
Unlike a car, in which the value drops as soon as you drive it off the lot, a home will continually increase in worth the longer you own it. That being said, your home’s value can be directly affected not only by the market but by its state as well.
When buyers hit the market looking for a home, they often hire the services of a home inspector to take a look at the home’s condition. They will look at the home’s structure as well as any included systems and appliances.
The poorer the condition, the less money buyers will be willing to spend. They may ask for a lower price or request that you fix any issues before the purchase.
Alternatively, the fewer issues an inspector finds, the more likely you will get close to your asking price.
If you are looking to put your home on the market someday, why wait until the last minute to get caught up on repairs and maintenance?
With a preventative home maintenance program, you won’t be in a rush to bring your home up to par when it comes time to sell.
Peace of Mind
In the end, a preventative home maintenance program is going to give you peace of mind knowing that your home is safe as well as maintained and repaired on a regular basis.
Residential Maintenance Services offer a pre-scheduled and bespoke service program that allows our technicians to maintain and inspect your home based on your unique needs! We also offer 24-7 emergency services that will dispatch the right personnel to your home when the need arises.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about the perfect home maintenance package for you and your home.