Study Suggests New Homes are Cheaper to Maintain

April 21, 2014

New homes – those that are four years old or less – can be cheaper to maintain than older homes, according to data from the American Housing Survey.

Twenty-six percent of home owners spend $100 or more a month on various routine maintenance expenses for their home. However, the study shows that 73 percent of new home owners spend less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

Home owners of new homes tend to spend less on energy costs too. Home owners on average spend 81 cents per square foot per year on electricity. In comparison, home owners of new homes tend to spend 68 cents per square foot per year.

Utilities tend to be less expensive too. All home owners spend, on average, 28 cents per square foot per year on water bills. But on new homes, home owners tend to average 22 cents.

The studies also suggest that owners of new homes also tend to pay less on insurance too: The median cost of all home owners for property insurance is 39 cents per square foot compared to 31 cents per square foot for new homes.

“These data highlight that a new home offers savings over the life of ownership due to reduced operating costs,” according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog. “These reduced expenditures represent one of the many reasons that the current system of appraisals needs updating to reflect the flow of benefits that come from features in a new home.”

Source: “New Homes Are Less Expensive to Maintain,” National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing blog (April 17, 2014)

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