What you can expect to pay in home maintenance costs depends on which upgrade or repair needs to be made.
Home maintenance: It always costs more than you expect it to. If you could repair your home’s plumbing, electrical system, fencing, etc., you would. But most of us can’t, so we hire a professional to do it for us.
What can you expect to pay for your home’s maintenance, though? It depends on what job needs to be done. Here’s a quick breakdown of what different kinds of vendors and contractors charge for their services.
Handymen: Handyman maintenance will cost anywhere from $30 to $60 per hour. Handyman work that requires more skill will cost closer to $75 per hour. Sometimes they charge by the hour; other times they’ll charge a flat fee for the work.
Plumbers and Electricians: These professionals are notoriously expensive, and they typically charge $150 to $250 per hour. The kind of work they do is very difficult, so make sure you hire ones who are licensed, bonded, and insured.
Cleaners: They will charge anywhere from $30 to $40 per hour. As with handymen, they’ll sometimes charge a flat fee.
Landscapers: You’re generally looking at paying $50 for an $8,000 square foot lot for general mowing. For a complete turnover (fertilizing, weed eating, tree trimming, etc.), you can expect to triple that cost.
Paint and carpet projects: These are all done by bid. Usually these projects get multiple bids, so you can choose the price you like best.
It’s important to note that many of these projects are worked on after hours and during weekends. These time slots are more expensive, so if you call a contractor on a Saturday to come fix your hot water heater, it will cost you more than if you called them on a weekday.
There are also trip fees that you need to consider. If your contractor has to make two or three trips to Home Depot to buy parts, they might charge for the extra time and gas. The also might charge a different rate for their first hour than they do for every subsequent hour.
Whatever your maintenance needs are, make sure you hire skilled, experienced professionals who are worth the cost and get the job done right.
If you have any questions about this topic or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.