Home Ownership Cost Fact Sheet


home information & statistics-information guruDo you understand the true cost of home ownership?

Here is my home ownership cost fact sheet to help answer this question. Many people do not look at the long term costs of home-ownership. Most people understand about the standard reoccurring cost of the mortgage, insurance and taxes, but do not take in to account for all of the maintenance cost, repair cost, and home item replacement cost. I have complied a list of the normal cost in 2011 dollars for these hidden home ownership cost

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All of these costs will differ depending on size, age, and condition of your specific home.  When you rent a home or apartment many or all of these costs are paid for by the owner of the property.

  • General Maintenance: This including all of the monthly and seasonal items to keep your home in good condition. These cost will average about $80 to $120 per month.
  • Utilities: In many rentals these expenses are included. In a normal home for heating/cooling, electrical, cable, internet, and phone the cost will run on average about $400 to $600 per month.
  • Additional Furniture: If you are moving into a larger home then you may have be renting then you will need to put out some money to fill these extra rooms.
  • Pest Control: Depending on your area, in the southwest in places like Arizona, you will have a reoccurring cost of termite control that can run around $100 per month. In other areas you may need ant or cockroach control. These also can run close to $100 per month.
  • Yard Maintenance: Now you have a home with a yard to take care of. With just maintenance alone you will average about $50 per month.
  • Appliances: Most rentals come with appliance that you do not have to replace or maintain outside of cleaning. In your new home you will probably have to purchase new appliances when you move in and save over time to eventually replace or repair these items as they age. Here is a list of general length of operation and average cost to replace.


  • Dishwasher                10 years
  • Clothes Dryer             14 years
  • Garbage Disposal        10 years
  • Freezers                    16 years
  • Microwave Ovens       11 years
  • Electronic Ranges       17 years
  • Gas Ranges                 19 years
  • Gas Ovens                  14 years
  • Refrigerators              17 years
  • Trash Compactors       10 years
  • Clothes Washers         13 years
  • Exhaust Fans              20 years

Home Repairs: If you happen to move into a brand new home then you should not have any home repair cost for a while. For rest of the people who have older homes you better start saving up. Here is a list of common repairs, the time frame of expectancy and average cost. These time frames are based on average wear and tear with normal maintenance conducted.

  • Kitchen Cabinets         17 years           $225 ln. ft.
  • Bathroom Cabinets      20 years           $225 ln. ft.
  • Carpet                       11 years           $9.25 sq. yd.
  • Gas/Oil Furnaces         18 years           $2500
  • AC Unit                      16 years           $3200
  • Electronic Heat           10 years           $400 per unit
  • Burglar Alarms             14 years           $1200
  • Smoke Detectors         12 years           $75 each
  • Interior Paint               7 years             $3 sq.ft. based on floor space
  • Exterior Paint              7 years             $2 sq. ft.
  • Exterior Sealer            2 years             $4 sq. ft.
  • Wallpaper                   7 years             $8 sq. ft.
  • Swimming Pools          18 years           Varies Widely
  • Wood Decks               15 years           $25 sq. ft.
  • Fences                        12 years           $30 ln. ft.
  • Asphalt Roofs               20 years           $3 sq. ft.

These are only some cost. Home ownership cost for every home in every section of the United States will have different items to consider. This list is to give you a general idea of cost and life expectancy.

  • Remodeling Cost: This is another expenditure that you need to plan for. Because it can very depending on personal taste, frequency, and other considerations it is to hard to give a cost. Just don’t forget to evaluate this for yourself and save on a regular basis to cover this cost.  

By: Tom Corliss

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