Whether you’re buying a new home or planning to remodel, you should be careful as to which home features you invest in. Many traditional ‘dream’ features turn out to not be so dreamy when you own them – largely because of the huge amounts of maintenance required.
Of course, if you’re happy to take on this maintenance, they can be a great feature to invest in. However, if you’re looking for a simple life, you may want to avoid these features, as they could just be a source of extra stress.
Many of us love the idea of having a swimming pool to dip into in the summer months. However, swimming pools require a lot of maintenance to keep them safe to use including testing pool water daily, adding chemicals, removing leaves and debri, removing sediment, maintaining the pump and cleaning out filters. Heated pools may require even more maintenance. You can of course hire someone to carry out this upkeep, however most people prefer to save money and do it themselves.
All in all, consider whether you’re going to use your pool regularly enough to make this maintenance worthwhile. If not, a paddling pool or a trip to the local swimming pool may be a better option.
An ornate garden full of beautiful flowering plants is something many of us dream of. However, unless you’re an avid gardener, it’s not something you’ll be able to maintain for long. You need to be able to give each plant the attention it needs including watering, pruning, soil maintenance and pest control. You can always hire a gardener to do this for you, but that’s extra money you may not have to spend.
Of course, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t invest in landscaping. If you’re looking to build a new backyard, think about options like xeriscaping that won’t require you to carry out too much maintenance. Stone gardens, artificial turf and hardy plants are all great low-maintenance features to consider.
Love the idea of warming yourself up next to an open fire in winter? Fireplaces and pellet stoves may have a cozy charm to them, but they too can be a lot of maintenance. To keep fireplaces and pellet stoves safe, you need to be ideally cleaning them out on a weekly basis. Additional maintenance such as chimney cleaning or flue cleaning may also be needed every so often, which typically requires hiring a professional.
Consider whether this is a form of heating you can truly invest in or whether you’d be better off sticking to electric heating.
Intricate tile patterns can be a way of spicing up a wall or floor. However, more tiles means more grouting, which inevitably means that they’ll be harder to keep clean.
Larger tiles are typically easier to maintain because there’s less grouting involved. An even more low-maintenance option is bathroom panels – these don’t have any grouting at all. You can even buy panels that resemble a tiled wall. Consider whether this is a better option if you hate cleaning tiles.
Basements are a cool extra space to have in a home. However, most basements experience flooding at some point, which can make them surprisingly high-maintenance features.
Sealing your basement should prevent moisture getting in for a few years. However, don’t expect it to be a permanent solution – concrete basements typically need to be resealed every 5 years.