Home Repairs You Need To Budget For


As a new homeowner, (or if you are a seasoned homeowner) you’re going to have to do some regular repairs and maintenance on your home—it’s just part of owning a home. A little bit of planning can make repairs manageable, it’s a good idea plan for repairs and start budgeting for them.  Set aside some funds for when the following repairs and maintenance issues inevitably come up.

  1. The Roof – Maintain your roof so that you get the longest life possible.  Begin by agitating any large clumps of moss with a stiff brush, then you can blow the loose debris off of the roof with a backpack style blower.  If you don't want to tackle this job yourself, you can call a local roof cleaning and maintenance company to come out and take of moss and debris for you.  Plan on it costing around $300.  More if you have a huge roof or the pitch is steep.  All of the moss and debris needs to be removed and then cleared from the inside of the gutters and the downspouts.  Applying a zinc sulfate to the roof will kill any of the remaining moss.  It's left on the roof and kills all moss within about a month.  It's pretty environmentally friendly and won't harm your plants or siding. The rain and the wind will take care of the rest of the moss. Plan to do this or have this done every couple of years, and plan for every year if your roof is surrounded by tall trees that drop leaves and needles on roof.  If your home is in a shady spot, moss loves it there.  Your roof should last 20-40 years for composite style asphalt shingle roof.  But, if you bought your home when it was several years old already, make deposits into that saving account, roofs are not inexpensive to replace. 
  2. Electrical replacements – Beyond light bulb replacements, wiring can occasionally go bad in a light fixture and cause issues, call an electrician to come out and check things out.  Squirrels and mice can chew on wires in an attic. Simply using electricity produces heat, over time, that heat causes expanding and contracting of an electrical system.  The cyclical heating and cooling can cause screws to loosen in the electrical panel.  Have an electrician look at your electrical system every year or two.  
  3. Drywall Repairs – Bumping a wall or corner when you are moving furniture is easy to do. Repairing a hole in your drywall can cost up to $300 for a professional repair that matches the texture of the wall. 
  4. Plumbing Repairs – The moving parts inside the toilet tank can wear out over the years,, and you will need to get it fixed quickly to save on water bills and keep things working.  Sometimes a slow leak can start with a water supply line, and drips build up.  Damage from water is not fun to deal with and can be very expensive if left un-addressed.  Professional plumbers can cost up to $150 an hour depending on the job, the plumbers availability, and the time of day that you need them. 
  5. Flooring repairs – Your floor goes through a lot of abuse, and it's not just the day to day wear.  Heavy objects, moving furniture and accidental issues can cause damage.  Repair costs can vary depending on the type of flooring, i.e. carpet, laminate, wood flooring, vinyl, etc.  So set aside at least $200, just for repairs. 
  6. The furnace and A/C – It seems like one of these is running at all times.  Your furnace needs a new filter ever 6 months, and you should plan to have your entire system cleaned and checked by a professional every year.  the cost of filters varies, but they can cost up to $45.  Annual service on the HVAC can cost between $100 – $250. 

Plan ahead, make a budget and know that maintaining your home is money well spent! Remember that quote, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". It's true when it comes to maintaining your house, too!

If you would like the names of our preferred providers, let me know.  We have relationships with many vendors in the area, and many of them even offer a discount to our great clients.  

Denice Neddo, Broker 





Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:09 am
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5 Winter Selling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

5 Winter Selling Mistakes You Don't Want to Make!

Selling your Portland Vancouver home in the winter has it's challenges and benefits. Here are a couple of things you want to make sure you DON'T do.  You need to make sure your home shows in it's best light, highlight it's attributes, not the negative aspects!  It's cold, it's rainy, and it's wet.  Make your house inviting! 

The fewer the mistakes a seller makes, the sooner  the home will sell.  After all, it's everyone's goal to get the house sold at the highest price in least amount of time!   Mistakes can hurt your bottom line.  Selling your home in the winter can be a little more challenging, especially when it is rainy and wet out.  Winter home sales are typically slower than the spring and summer months, many homeowners and buyers simply want to wait until the end of the school year, they want to wait until the weather gets warmer and drier.  

Some homes tend to show better when the sun is shining, there is no mud in sight and the rhododendrons are in full bloom, but that doesnt have to be the case.  Your home can sell fast and for a great price, after all, if there is little or no competition for your buyer, your home will be at the top of their list if you remember not to make these easy to avoid mistakes.    

Don't  put up a big sign pointing out any issues or problems.  First off, try to identify them and address them before a buyer can point them out to you.  If you know of something, for heaven's sake, don't highlight or advertise the issue.  Most of these issues below fall in this category. 


1.)  PUTTING PLASTIC ON THE WINDOWS to keep out the cold.   If you have poor drafty windows and you usually put plastic on the windows to keep the cold out and the heat in, DON'T do it when you are showing your house to potential buyers. Take the plastic down.


2.)  BLOCKING THE DRAFT FROM THE CHIMNEY.  If you are not using the fireplace and have something in front of it blocking a draft, TAKE IT DOWN. The fireplace is a great selling point, that huge piece of plywood is not as attractive as a few candles placed in sparkling clean fireplace.  Just because you don't use it, doesn't mean a potential buyer won't. 

3.)  SAVING MONEY BY SETTING THE THERMOSTAT LOW.      Your home needs to be comfortable not cold.  Buyers might get the idea that your home is very  hard to heat or that the utility bills are way too high.  You may just be frugal and have the temperature turned down, but that may not be the message received.  Buyers will want to get out the house as fast as they can if the temperature is too low, you want them to stay and fall in love.  Warm things up a bit! 

3.)  DOOR DRAFT STOPPERS. I know that Aunt Margie knitted them just for you, and that they do keep the cold out, but again: Put them away.  If you have door draft stoppers by your front door or by any room the buyer may think you have a drafty house.  Our goal is to show your home in the best possible light and not to sell the next house they look at because it is "less drafty".  We want your house to show that it is well taken care of. 

4.)  SPACE HEATERS.  Again, turn up the heat. Opening all of the interior doors and making sure that the air flows will help.   A space heater screams that there is something wrong with your heating system and duct system, and you may only have it on because you like a bit more heat in the room you use most often.  

5.)  NOT HEATING UNUSED ROOMS.  If you have a bonus room, bedroom you don't use or a space that you never go in to,  keep them warm anyway.  Cold rooms, even if you don't use them, can be a huge turnoff.  You never know who your buyer is, or what they would use each room for.  Make the entire house warm and inviting.


Anytime of the year it is important to fix all of the items that you can afford to address and have your house in tip top shape for showing, in the winter, we just need to notice these other things that will make your house the number one prospect on the potential buyers list.   Today's buyer is looking for a home that is "Move In Ready".  Unless you house is truly a "fixer-upper" and is priced with all of the repairs considered, make sure the buyer doesn't think your house falls into that category.  Many times a fix can cost very little and a small amount of time to gain a large return.    

Yes, your home may have draft issues or minor problems.  You just don't need to highlight and advertise them.  

For a complimentary walk through and assessment of what "FIXES" your home may need to sell fast and for the most money, call us today! 

Portland Vancouver Home Team

Denice Neddo, Broker / Real Estate Coach

360-607-4226 TEXT Cell

503-756-9759 Office



Posted on February 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm
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