Buyer Tips

Your home is a big investment, and you want to make sure that you are taking great care of that investment by maintaining it. A great way to do that is to create a home maintenance checklist.

The general rule of thumb is to save a minimum of 1 percent of the home’s purchase price each year for repairs. And if you decide to hire professionals to handle some of these tasks, factor that into your budget, too.

If you need a little help getting organized with a checklist, check out an app called BrighNest. This app will do the work of reminding you to change those filters and clean those gutters. It also sends tips for things like mowing your lawn and making your own cleaning products.

If you had a home inspection done when purchasing your home, use the inspection report as a helpful guide as to what you will need to maintain.

Save this post for later to remind yourself to set up a checklist. You don't want to defer maintenance and then a small issue turns into a big problem!

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