Never Perform Home Maintenance Again with Conrado Homes
It’s the middle of the night during a frigid winter cold spell when you wake up to an absolutely freezing home. The windows are beginning to ice up on the inside and the sight of your breath makes it fairly obvious that something is up with your home HVAC system. After playing with the thermostat and dutifully looking over the heat pumps scattered throughout your home, it quickly becomes evident that the problem is beyond your limited “do-it-yourselfer” expertise.
At 11:00 PM on a Saturday night, however, you doubt that it makes much sense to try and find a HVAC repair shop that is open or willing to work on a holiday Sunday. With little option, you pull out the sleeping bags stored in the bathroom closet and start to look for an AirBnb or hotel room for the next day if no HVAC team is willing to ruin their holiday for your family’s comfort and wellbeing. Alas, the joys of homeownership.
Home Maintenance and Repair Costs Can Quickly Add Up
This hypothetical scenario, in some form or another, has probably been experienced by every homeowner. Most financial experts agree that purchasing as home is one of the best long term investments that people can make. They don’t tell you upfront, however, that it also comes with an enormous amount of responsibility, upkeep, and yearly maintenance costs. According to a US News and World Report, homeowners on average will spend between 1 to 4 percent of a home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs. As is to be expected, this value tends to increase as the house ages. For a $1 million dollar home, you can expect annual repairs and maintenance to run you somewhere between $10,000 and $40,000.
To see how these numbers add up, consider some of the following home maintenance and repair statistics:
- The average household spending on home maintenance and repair services in the United States rose to $13,138 in 2020, which represents a $4,000 increase from 2019.
- Larger repairs to your home´s heating, ventilation, and cooling systems such as fixing a refrigerant leak or evaporator coil can routinely cost upwards of $1,500.
- For plumbing repairs, California homeowners can expect to pay an average hourly cost of $94.66, not including parts and additional materials.
- A Consumer Affairs Survey found that the State of California was the state expected to have the most home repairs in 2020, with plumbing repairs being the most commonly reported in home repair in 2019.
You Can Avoid This Situation with the Right Preparation
Investing in high quality building materials and hiring a construction team like Conrado Home Builders, who are dedicated to legendary quality, can certainly help to reduce the expenses associated with regular home maintenance. Higher quality homes are much more durable and less prone to those midnight HVAC breakdowns. Even the best built home, however, will eventually need some sort of repairs. Annual maintenance for your home, then, also helps to avoid more costly breakdowns by ensuring that your home´s systems remain in optimal condition.
Investing the time and energy in regular home maintenance is an important and necessary part of keeping your home in optimal condition. Regular maintenance helps your home maintain its value and avoid potentially disastrous situations like having your furnace go out in the middle of the winter. However, home maintenance is not a lot of fun, and most homeowners are lax when it comes to engaging in regular maintenance functions. In fact, one recent survey found that less than 40 percent of homeowners regularly maintained their home on an annual basis. More specifically, the survey found that the average American homeowner did not have a regular maintenance plan for many major features of their home, including:
- Exterior foundation (74 percent),
- Condition of their property lot (69 percent),
- Exterior surfaces of their home (66 percent).
If home maintenance is a persistent nuisance for you and an encumbrance on your ridiculously busy schedule, Conrado´s HomeCare Program offers homeowners the ability to contract out the seemingly endless tasks that come with leaky bathtubs, stuck windows, and broken air conditioning units.
What is the Conrado HomeCare Program?
Here at Conrado Home Builders, we care about the houses we build and the clients who eventually move into those homes. Whereas most custom home builders end their relationship with the homeowners the day they hand over the keys to the front door, we want to make sure that the custom estates we build continue to function many years down the road just as they did the day we finished construction. We know that our clients live busy and demanding lives, and that home maintenance is a task that can seem burdensome. Instead of wasting a free Saturday trying to find a plumber that works on the weekend, Conrado´s HomeCare Program offers a “one-stop shop” for all your repairs and maintenance needs. All you do is call to tell us there is a problem, and we arrange the rest.
Our Knowledge of the Home Becomes a Huge Asset
Essentially, by signing up for Conrado´s HomeCare Program, you are entrusting your home´s maintenance to the experts in home construction, remodeling, and repairs. As the primary building team, we “know” these homes intimately, thus ensuring that all maintenance and repairs are done to the highest possible standards. For a basic plumbing problem in your bathroom, an anonymous plumber that you hire from the Yellow Pages might not know that your home has two sewage ejection pumps located on either side of the house. With the HomeCare Program, however, the plumber who initially installed these systems may very well be the one who shows up to do the necessary repairs. This thorough and extensive knowledge of the structure, and the components and systems that make up the home, allow us to ensure that every home maintenance and repair task is done to the highest possible standard.
We believe wholeheartedly that the relationships we build with our clients should continue even after a happy homeowner has moved into their new custom home. The HomeCare Program is available to every Conrado client who hires us for a new home build or an extensive home remodel. Our HomeCare department remodels, services, repairs, and offers ongoing home maintenance for your home. We will schedule, supervise, and monitor the completion and quality of the work to get your home´s systems back to proper functioning in the shortest timeframe possible.
How Does the HomeCare Program Work?
As with every part of the Conrado experience, we believe that customization is key. We want every one of our clients to have the ability to choose what type of home maintenance service they require. When you sign up for Conrado´s HomeCare Program, we will start by doing a thorough walk-through and evaluation of your home. This will allow our HomeCare specialists to identify certain systems and elements within the home that may be vulnerable to failures or may benefit from upgrades or renovations.
After the walk-through, our HomeCare team will send you a detailed report with several suggestions about which repairs and upgrades make sense for your home. For example, we can help you identify which appliances in your home might be driving up your energy bill and might be best replaced by more modern, energy efficient options. Your particular home maintenance and repair evaluation will also identify the electrical, plumbing, home appliances, specialty items like sewer ejection pumps, solar PV setups, and other home systems that will benefit from regular maintenance checkups.
After receiving the initial home maintenance report, we will also send all our clients a customized checklist that is catered to their specific home. This checklist will outline the different elements in your home that need to be serviced and maintained throughout the year, and the optimum frequency for those maintenance visits. However, we know that every homeowner is different, and we thus give you complete freedom to choose which aspects on the maintenance and repair checklist you would like to sign up for.
The HomeCare Program in Action
For example, if your kitchen is your sanctuary and you would prefer to engage in all regular maintenance and repairs in that sacred space, we completely understand and respect that decision. Some homeowners spend an enormous amount of time in their yard and garden, and find that regular maintenance to the landscape around their house is a hobby, instead of an undesirable chore. Thus, both the maintenance and service, and repairs aspects of the HomeCare Program are completely customizable.
Once we send you the customized checklist, simply choose which elements to include in your HomeCare program plan. For all of our clients, the HomeCare Program works on year-long cycles. After the first year of involvement, you are able to reconsider which maintenance and repair tasks you would like to continue to have part of your unique HomeCare plan.
Excellence in Customer Service Is Paramount for Conrado Home Builders
Lastly, we are proud to say that every client who signs up for our HomeCare program will stand to benefit from the absolute best customer service on the market. We know that a leaky pipe or a broken down refrigerator can be exasperating, and we are here to make every possible effort to help you resolve all maintenance and repair issues as quickly as feasibly possible.
If you call us on a Sunday morning to report a leak in your roof, not only will our HomeCare specialists make every effort to find a reputable roofer that is available that same day, but we will also head over to your home with a car-full of buckets to help avoid any long-term damage to your home’s interior. The HomeCare Program, then, allows homeowners to never perform home maintenance again, while also guaranteeing that when a problem does come up, their home maintenance and repairs are taken care of by the best in the business. To find out more about the HomeCare Program from the experts here at Conrado Home Builders, please give us a call. We can walk you through any part of it and answer any questions you may have.