Fix Your Home- Repair Plan
Experts estimate that the average yearly home repairs cost $1,700. That’s a large chunk of money to not have a plan for. If you are a homeowner and you haven’t planned for this amount in your spending and savings plan, now is the time to get prepared before any nasty surprises derail you. Here are some thoughts to get you started on the process.
Why it’s a good idea
Even new homes are going to need repairs; things just have a way of popping up. Try not to fall into the trap of thinking you won’t need money for repairs or maintenance for a while because your home seems fine now. That can really come back to hurt you if you later need to take out costly loans or put repair bills on a credit card.
Also remember that performing routine maintenance now can actually save you a lot of money since it can help you to avoid the huge problems that neglected maintenance can lead to down the road.
Plus, making upgrades to your home can help increase the value of your home, which will be crucial when you want to sell the home or take equity out later.
What you can do right now
If you’ve already done a spending and savings plan, it’s not necessary to complete an entirely new one for these types of expenses. Just examine your current spending plan and see where some money can be moved around to give you some added security. If you can’t meet the monthly goal right away, don’t fret. Putting even a small amount each month toward eventual fixes is far superior to saving nothing.
It’s a good idea to create a separate savings account for home repairs. You may want to include this money in your general emergency savings account, but keep in mind that you may have multiple problems come up within a short amount of time. Best to have yourself covered for all eventualities.
For more information on creating a home renovation budget and tips for which projects will increase your home's value, review our "Home Improvements Made Easy: Your Complete Guide to Using Home Improvement Loans the Right Way".