woman hands holding paper houseNo homeowner is perfect. Owning a home can be difficult, especially if you are a first-time homeowner. Your home is one of the most valuable investments you will ever make, and your decisions as a homeowner could affect your home for the entire time that you own it.

While owning your home is probably a dream come true, it involves more than simply living happily ever after. You need to commit money, time, knowledge, and patience. Part of being a homeowner involves maintenance that is ongoing. If you fail to properly maintain and take care of your house, it can lead to costly repairs later on. And if you ever want to sell in the future, a neglected home will certainly not be an attractive buy.

The following are some common mistakes that homeowners make. Be sure to avoid these mistakes in order to enjoy your home for years to come and get a good price if you do sell.

Failing to figure home maintenance into the budget

As a homeowner, you are responsible for all necessary repairs to your house. You must allocate funds to necessary and/or emergency maintenance. If you can’t afford this, then the home may be too expensive for you to upkeep. Some costs are inevitable, and things break. You should plan for monthly and yearly costs in your budget. Also consider investing in a home warranty.

Neglecting the HVAC system

Replacing the HVAC system is extremely costly, and some homeowners want to avoid it at all costs. However, if it is not maintained properly, it will not work efficiently. You should have the system serviced every fall and spring to extend its life and efficiency.

Doing repairs all on your own instead of hiring a professional

Unless you are a professional, it is highly recommended that you get a professional to do major home maintenance projects and improvements. A mistake the many homeowners make is doing the job themselves in order to save money (or because they are stubborn!) It’s especially important to hire a professional if you need electrical or plumbing work done.

Letting pets ruin the house

Dogs and cats can be our best friends, but the can unfortunately wreak havoc on home if you let them. Not only can pet odors deter potential homebuyers if you plan to sell, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. Pets can also scratch the walls and carpet. Make sure your indoor pets are completely housebroken to avoid pet odors, stains, and scratches.

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