Prepare yourself by knowing the less-obvious costs of owning a home. Insurance, maintenance and more add up faster than you think.
Buyers too often focus on a home’s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford. However, the less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line.
To help home buyers budget more accurately, we’ve compiled several common but often overlooked home expenses and calculated what homeowners around the country could expect to pay for them. The analysis also included utility cost estimates from UtilityScore.
While each extra expense might seem small, together they cost U.S. homeowners, on average, $9,080 a year, according to the report.
Nationally, homeowners pay an average of $6,059 a year in unavoidable costs, which include homeowners insurance, property taxes and utilities. Since nearly half (47 percent) of home shoppers today are first-time buyers, many of these extra costs may come as a surprise.
Property taxes are the primary driver here and a factor home shoppers should pay close attention to when considering where to buy.
Nearly all homeowners (96 percent) have made some kind of improvement to their homes, according to the 2016 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends. While many complete these projects themselves, those who pay professionals can expect to spend an average of $3,021 for the six most common hired home projects: carpet cleaning, yard work, gutter cleaning, HVAC maintenance, house cleaning and pressure washing.
More than a third of buyers go over budget on a home purchase. Buyers are encouraged to talk to their Realtor to better understand the total cost of homeownership and to consider their “All-In Monthly Price” of owning that home.
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