When you’re planning on buying a home or redoing your budget for the home you already own, there are a few things you have to account for. A mortgage payment, property taxes, and utilities bills are all part of the cost of home ownership. But you may not be counting one more expense of owning a home: maintenance.
Why would maintenance be a monthly expense? Don’t you just take that as it comes? Deal with it when it happens? You can do that, but without a good home repair plan, you may end up spending more money, delaying the repairs you need, or settling for sub-par workmanship. Bad news for your home and your bank account. In fact, even one unexpected home repair can eat up savings and seriously cut into the budgets of first-time homeowners, working families, and retirees in Florida.
Let’s take a look at where you can face a few of the biggest – and costliest – home issues:
- The kitchen
It may be the heart of your home. It’s also where a good deal of the major appliances you use every day are found. The refrigerator, the stove, the microwave, the dishwasher, the garbage disposal, the list goes on. When everything’s working as it should, cooking and cleanup is no problem. But a kitchen appliance failure can leave you with a big mess on your hands. The kitchen is no place for a leaking or broken appliance, and no place for the health and safety issues that faulty appliances can cause.
- Laundry room/utility room
In most Florida homes, there aren’t any basements. The water heater, washing machine, and clothes dryer might be in a separate room, in the garage, in a closet…but wherever these appliances are in your home, one leak can start to do a lot of damage. Water damage and mold issues are never any fun and – if left untreated – can wreak havoc on floors, walls, and the structure of your home.
- Your plumbing system
Whether your home has centralized plumbing or a septic system, whether your pipes are PVC or copper, old or new, when something goes wrong with your home’s plumbing it can really go wrong. And there’s just never a good time for a plumbing system failure.
- Your HVAC system
This is a big one in Florida – the air conditioning system. Your AC system may be running all day, year-round. You’ll want to keep it in top shape and address smaller repairs before you’re stuck in the sweltering heat and left needing a whole new system sooner than expected.
What can you do to prevent these future problems in your Florida home and stick to your budget? Every appliance and home system will need repairing, replacing, or servicing sooner or later. But being prepared is key. Paying for a warranty and being able to fix small problems before they become bigger ones will save you time and money in the long run. And having a professional, dependable home warranty company in Florida to call whenever a problem arises will make taking care of your home easy and affordable. See what homeowners have to say about using their home warranty to fix their appliance and home system issues.
At First Premier Home Warranty, we provide comprehensive home warranty plans for homes of all sizes throughout the state of Florida. Learn more about our affordable home warranty plan options and contact us today for a free home warranty quote. Protect your home in Florida with a trusted home warranty plan from First Premier Home Warranty.