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  • iStock The cost of home maintenance and repairs is unpredictable, but averages vary by ZIP code, a study found.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:00 am

Sizing up home repair

Location among factors in average cost of maintenance

Michele Lerner | Washington Post

Home tasks

Porch figured the estimated cost of certain tasks and their frequency to maintain a home:

Clean the pool: $105 every 1.9 months

Maintain the lawn: $19 every 2.1 months

Power-wash the deck: $126 every 1.5 years

Power-wash the house: $116 every 1.9 years

Check for plumbing leaks: $111 every 2.4 years

Repair a plumbing leak: $194 every 3.5 years

Repair appliances: $275 every 3.9 years

Home maintenance and repairs are among the most unpredictable costs associated with homeownership.

The amount you can anticipate spending depends on the age and condition of your home, appliances and systems.

In addition, the amount will vary according to where you live. It's generally recommended to be prepared to spend 1 to 2 percent of your home value each year.

Porch, a site that matches homeowners and home-services providers, analyzed average maintenance costs in every ZIP code to determine where costs are highest and how people spend home-maintenance money in each area.

The most expensive ZIP code in Indiana is the 46814 area in Fort Wayne, coming in at $20,480 annually. This is the southwest area of Fort Wayne and includes homes near and around Covington, Liberty Mills and Aboite Center roads.

According to the site, the average annual home maintenance spending nationwide is about $16,000.

Porch also found that the locations with the highest annual spending are:

New Jersey: $18,151

Washington, D.C.: $18,119

Connecticut: $17,782

Maryland: $17,699

Massachusetts: $17,461

The state with the lowest annual home maintenance was Mississippi at $14,890.

Indiana's annual home maintenance cost is $15,959. Ohio's is $15,932.

Porch's study also looked at some of the most expensive home-maintenance tasks and estimated how much you'd need to save and spend on those items. Among the most expensive are repairing a subfloor, caring for a swimming pool and repairing water damage.

The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

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