Outsourcing Home-Maintenance Tasks: How Much Should You Expect to Pay Each Year?

  • A recent survey found that the average homeowner pays $2,000 per year to outsource maintenance services such as housecleaning and landscaping.
  • Sixty-three percent of homeowners use at least one recurring home-maintenance service provider.
  • Housekeeping is the most expensive service to outsource, an average of $285 each month.

Landscape professional workingMost prospective homebuyers have considered the major costs of ownership, including the down payment, the monthly mortgage payment, and property taxes. But it’s quite possible that many home shoppers may not factor the costs of home-maintenance services into their budgets.

A new Bankrate survey found that the average American homeowner pays $2,000 each year to outsource home-maintenance services. Nearly two-thirds of homeowners use at least one recurring service provider, while 35 percent use two.

A housekeeping service is the most expensive home-maintenance chore to outsource, with the average owner incurring $285 per month on cleaning fees. Buyers who opt for a condominium may need to factor in monthly homeowner association dues, which average $210 (and more than 10 times that at some ultraluxury new buildings in San Francisco). Hiring a professional landscaping firm costs an average of $144 per month, while homeowners can expect to shell out $130 for security and monitoring services.

“These figures illustrate the hidden costs of homeownership, and it’s important to note they don’t include repairs such as a broken refrigerator, washing machine, or air conditioner,” Bankrate Analyst Taylor Tepper told the National Association of Realtors. “These are just ongoing, routine tasks like keeping your house and yard clean.”

To plan for home emergencies like the aforementioned ones, Bankrate recommends that homeowners sock away three to six months of home-maintenance funds — or else undertake routine chores themselves. One Washington, D.C. homeowner told the company that he saves $100 to $200 per month to plan for unexpected property repairs.

Home-maintenance services aside, buyers who are eyeing fixer-uppers can expect to incur costs far higher than $2,000 per year. According to Houzz’s 2018 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, the average large kitchen-remodeling project costs $42,000. In San Francisco, renovating a kitchen costs $70,000, more than anywhere else in the country.

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