Q: What’s the Difference Between Home Maintenance & Home Improvement?

Updated: May 28, 2020

Home maintenance is not the same as home improvement. Here’s why.

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What’s the difference between home maintenance and home improvement? How can you make home maintenance easy?

I often come across homeowners who have a list of home maintenance items they’ve addressed and now expect to get value from them. For example, if you’ve replaced a broken furnace, have you really improved that area of your home? Well, yes and no.

From a home improvement standpoint, you must always ask yourself: Did you improve the cosmetics of the property? Every home needs a furnace, and if you’ve replaced a broken furnace with a better one, you’ll get a return on your investment, but not necessarily a dollar-for-dollar value when you sell the home.

There are plenty of apps out there that can remind you when you need to change your furnace filter.

On the other hand, if your kitchen has worn-down appliances and weathered cabinets and you decide to do a total renovation, that’s a home improvement because it will give you a fantastic return. However, you should always speak to a professional before embarking on such a project so they can advise you on what to improve specifically.

As far as making home maintenance easy, remember that technology is on your side. For instance, There are plenty of apps out there that can remind you when you need to, for instance, change your furnace filter, have your sprinkler system blown out, or have your chimney cleaned. They can even estimate the cost of any repairs you may need to make and how long they’ll take.

I don’t endorse any specific app, but here’s a list of them that have great reviews:

  • Home Savvy

  • BrightNest

  • The Home Depot

  • HomeZada

  • iFixit

  • Instructables

Take advantage of these apps, make a schedule, and create your own “easy” button. It will help you have a much more enjoyable experience as a homeowner.

As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic or are thinking of buying or selling a home soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help.

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