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The Added Expenses Homeowners May Overlook

June 19, 2015 1:57 am

Many homeowners agree the most stressful part about owning a home is the added costs. According to a recent analysis by Zillow and Thumbtack.com, homeowners can pay more than $9,000 in additional expenses each year, with most averaging $6,042 in unavoidable costs like homeowners insurance, property taxes and utilities.

Though DIY is often the preference of many homeowners when it comes to cleaning their home or doing yard work, those who choose to outsource find equally variable costs across the country. Professional help for tasks like house cleaning, yard care, gutter cleaning, carpet cleaning and pressure washing averages $3,435 a year, the analysis found.

"Homebuyers too often fixate on the sticker price or monthly mortgage payment on a house, and don't budget for the other expenses associated with ownership – which can add up quickly," says Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky. "For example, new buyers can get really excited about having a backyard of their own for the first time, without budgeting for how they plan to maintain that space."

For buyers who may be relocating to a different area of the country, the difference in costs regionally is crucial to consider when budgeting.

Source: Zillow

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6 Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

June 18, 2015 1:51 am

Sitting in traffic when temperatures soar without a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system is the last place most drivers want to be. To avoid this uncomfortable situation, motorists should have their A/C system checked annually, say the experts at the Car Care Council.

A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. Typical A/C service consists of the following steps:

• Service technician visually inspects hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks as well as inspect the drive belt for cracks or damage.

• Technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures.

• If the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test is performed to find the source of the leak. Keep in mind that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, it is damaging the ozone layer.

• Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system, although some states do not allow “topping off.”

• A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross-contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.

• A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.

Additionally, when having a vehicle’s HVAC system inspected, the cabin air filter should be checked to make sure air is flowing properly into the car.

Source: CarCare.org

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