The maintenance of a house because the weather deteriorates its general condition little by little, a big spring cleaning to eliminate any trace of dust or bacteria – all this involves a certain annual cost which, because it’s inevitable, must be anticipated.
The maintenance of a house consists of several tasks to be carried out each year or regularly, depending on the goal of each one.
Renovation and repair: First of all, after acquiring a property, even a new one, it’s rare not to have to do little essential renovation or repair jobs such as replacing the windows, repairing the roof, or installing an air conditioner. These recurring and sometimes unpredictable expenses represent around 1 to 4% of the purchase price of a property in good condition during the purchase.
Big spring cleaning: Known as the spring cleaning, the big cleaning of your house must be anticipated once or twice a year, depending on its basic general condition but also on the use you make of it. Restoring radiance and cleanliness to the interior of your property involves:
- Cleaning the floors and walls
- Cleaning the interior and exterior windows
- Cleaning the furniture and carpets
- Cleaning the ventilation ducts and air exchangers
- Deep cleaning the bathroom, the kitchen, and all the household appliances
- Organizing and cleaning the ancillary rooms, such as the garage or the cellar.
These cleaning tasks, which make your interior healthy and hygienic again, are time-consuming and can sometimes be very unpleasant for some people, but they’re essential to avoid the health problems caused by a contaminated interior. By adding up the prices of the cleaning products, which are generally all sold separately from each other, as well as the time that you’ll have to devote to these tasks, we can consider that the cost of a spring cleaning may be several hundred dollars.
For this budget, it may therefore be a good idea to outsource this spring cleaning to a cleaning company that will have the products that are suited to each task and respectful of your environment, the equipment needed to access the most difficult areas, and the experience. Depending on the size of your house and the number of rooms, this may not cost you much more than doing a spring cleaning yourself.
Much like the interior of your house, your yard must be maintained properly and regularly to always be a pleasant and healthy place. Each year, therefore, you should also plan to purchase the equipment required to mow the lawn, trim the hedges, water the plants, and remove the snow from around the property. Depending on the size of the yard, of course, and according to the desired aesthetic, maintaining the yard may cost more or less. If you don’t really have the time or a green thumb, much like for the big cleaning of your interior, it’s possible to rely on the services of certain landscaping companies that offer complete packages that include all the things that need to be done in your yard.
In conclusion, maintaining your house requires a certain annual budget, because you shouldn’t skimp on the quality of the cleaning so that your living environment and that of your whole family is healthy, hygienic, and pleasant. To do this, depending on the size of your house and your needs, you’ll need appropriate equipment and products that are respectful of your health. So don’t hesitate to compare the offers and prices that the services of a cleaning company can offer you with those that may be incurred by purchasing all this yourself.