How long until it is broken

There is very little on the interior or exterior of a house that doesn’t wear out eventually. The good news is it can all be repaired or replaced.  Having


something breaks the month that you close on your home is also a common and upsetting experience.

It might be something small like the veggie sprayer in the kitchen sink or something more major like a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.

As a homeowner myself I have had or made every kind of repair I can think of and a lot of home improvements too.  The most recent repair was to some plumbing and it cost $600. Before that, it was an electrical problem in the kitchen.

Our newest appliance is a refrigerator that we bought just before the pandemic lockdowns started. The year before that we bought a new washer after having had the old one repaired a couple of times.

The house has been resided, re-roofed and one of the porches has been rebuilt. We have purchase water heaters, a furnace, and we added central air. We have replaced sinks and faucets and old worn kitchen countertops too. I have sanded hardwood floors and I have tiled others. We have never carpeted anything but I have had that done for family members and have learned from it.

Each appliance in the house has been replaced at least once. We have a few new windows and have added storm windows and a new back door. This year I want to replace the front door and I plan on putting in some new fencing. I would love to hire a landscaper too but I may wait until next year on that one.

By now you might be wondering what my point is. It is that any home is going to involve repairs and some of them will be expensive. Homeowners should put money aside or save up for repairs. A minimum of $2000 a year for a modest median-priced St. Paul house. They are unavoidable and even though they can be upsetting you shouldn’t let them upset you.

It is best to keep on top of repairs and to do a little every year. Deferred maintenance can lead to more expensive repairs and hurt the value and saleability of your real estate.


Also, see Sellers should do some research before committing to repairs

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