Rule of Thumb: How Much To Budget for Home Maintenance

Key Takeaways

  • The 1% rule of thumb is a guideline that states you should save 1% of your home’s purchase price for ongoing repair costs.
  • The square-footage rule is another option for estimating how much you should save for home repairs.
  • The age and condition of your home are factors you should consider when determining your maintenance budget.
  • It’s hard to predict exactly how much money you’ll need, because home components may fall short of their expected lifespan, or they may last much longer.
  • Home maintenance costs are not the same as emergency repair costs.


Make Summer Maintenance Simple With This Handy Checklist

In summer, it’s easy to take a relaxed approach to everything—even home maintenance. So start tackling your summer home maintenance today. Our checklist makes it simple.

Naturally, you may not want to spend a large chunk of your free time this summer doing home maintenance. But you don’t want to put it off till it’s too late either. Below is a list of common items to consider. Decide which are priorities for you and tackle those first. Then divvy up the responsibilities or hire professionals to make the best use of your time.

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist…


10 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

The summer months have arrived. To make the most of your summer and ease the burden of home maintenance and repair, here are 10 tips for keeping your home in tip-top shape.

  1. Furnace and Air Conditioner Maintenance – With the change of the season, you should change your air filter and consider getting a tune-up for summer. There is nothing worse than going into the summer months and having the A/C go out. Have it checked out now to save you hassle later.
  2. Smoke Detector – Make sure you test your smoke and carbon monoxide detector and change the battery. If your detector is older than 10 years, it’s time to replace it.
  3. Chimney Cleaning – Although you will not be using your fireplace again until the fall, now is the perfect time to get it swept and cleaned. This time of year is less busy for the chimney sweep companies, so you can get it done and have it ready to go by the time the leaves start to fall…


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST LISTED – 101 Cedar Ridge Dr, Rio Vista,
2 bed/2 bath/1,671sqft/5,632sqft lot

$490,000 – Great corner lot, with curb appeal, located on the 11th tee box. NO BONDS Sip your beverage & watch the golfers tee off. This Big Sur model is a mature home, that shows pride of ownership. The front yard has views of the 10th water feature. The kitchen has oak cabinets, white tile counters/white appliances. The den & master bedroom each have a bay window that adds a bit more room. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, golf, tennis, bocce ball, dog park, playground for grandchildren, 2 restaurants & more. Enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 13 Amador Cir, Rio Vista

PRICE CHANGE $699,900 – Your beautiful dream home is on the market!! This remodeled home has a newer kitchen & baths, saltwater pool, spa, and gorgeous bbq kitchen with bar/firepit, refrigerator, ice maker & more. RV parking for 2, so your ski boat & RV will fit in the RV garage. The garage is equipped with sewer connection & electricity. Sliding doors open up to the pool area. Home is 3 bedroom, can be 4, & 2.5 baths. The master sitting area was the 4th bedroom, so can be closed off. The Master bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower, and a bidet & master bedroom have a large deck with views of the N hills. A spiral staircase off deck takes you to the pool area. The family room has an entertainment bar w/refrigerator & sink. Step out to the backyard to a swimming pool with solar heating, BBQ kitchen with all the amenities, an outdoor shower w/tankless water heater, and a stage for a band. No rear neighbors. The home also has a double-car garage as well, with indoor laundry. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 30 S 2nd St. Rio Vista, Residence and Commercial Building

 Asking $699,500 – Are you looking for a home and in need of a business space? Or perhaps a home with a possibility of in-law quarters? This home might meet those requirements. Victorian style home with partial wrap-around porch provides a cozy place for morning coffee or afternoon beverage. 2 bedrooms up with 1.5 baths on the main floor. The possible room upstairs to add at a minimum 1/2 bath. Laminate flooring on the main floor with carpeted stairway & in bedrooms. HVAC & tankless water heater with inside laundry. 2nd building has been used as a commercial, however, could be added onto & remodeled to be ADU/2nd unit. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 303 Center St, Rio Vista, 4 bed 1.5 bath 1,775sqft

Asking – $380,000. Are you looking for a project, look no further. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is a perfect match for that project. Spacious with 1776 sq feet, needs some TLC, can be lovely home. Flooring is mixed, laminate, wood and carpet in bedrooms. This home does not have cental heat/air, but has wall air unit & gas unit. No garage, has large side yard for play or entertaining area. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End

Lodi Craft Beer Festival
Sat, Jun 11, 3 – 6 PM
Lodi Lake, 1101 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA

Lodi Craft Beer Festival is back!

However, your craft beer tasting experience will be spiked with live music on stage throughout the event, a game area featuring “corn-hole” and other exciting fun games, complimentary parking, and bicycle valet. Several food vendors will be on-hand offering a variety of delicious, tasty food options to satisfy your hunger all under the shade at Lodi Lake! There are plentiful restroom facilities, allowing more time for craft beer tasting.

Register for Tickets >  ~ READ MORE

Visit to Old Town Sacramento & Train Excursion

Sat, Jun 11, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

1050 Front Street, Sacramento, CA

Operated by the California State Railroad Museum. Train rides depart from and return to the Front Street Train Depot in Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Chug along the Sacramento River behind Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of the museums vintage diesel locomotives.

2020 marks the 37th consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Train rides include closed coach cars, open-air gondolas and a first-class observation car pulled by either Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum’s collection.

During the operating season, tickets for Sacramento Southern Railroad excursion train rides are available to purchase online during the week or on a first-come, first-served basis on the weekends starting about an hour prior to the first departure at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located in the Central Pacific Passenger Station at the Old Sacramento Waterfront.


Sacramento Antique Faire

Sun, Jun 12, 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM
1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento Antique Faire is an Antiques & Collectibles Marketplace held the Second Sunday of every month.

300 Vendors from throughout Northern California and beyond are on hand selling wonderful antique and vintage goods such as furniture, clothing, jewelry, military, garden items, farmhouse decor, architectural salvage, lighting, and so much more!

It’s a huge treasure hunt… Come join the fun, you never know what you might find!

Note: No pets please. Food and ATM on site.

Children (Age 0-16) Free
General $3

Contact: (916) 600-9770



American Graffiti Festival & Car Show
Sat, Jun 11, 9 AM – 5 PM

MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Modesto, CA

The 23rd annual American Graffiti Festival celebrates Modesto’s legacy of cruising, as immortalized in the 1973 movie “American Graffiti” by George Lucas about his hometown. More than 1,000 classic vehicles will be featured in the show, along with top local bands, music  and a variety of vendors. The weekend kicks off with a classic car parade on Friday evening, open only to vehicles in the show.


REGISTRATION FEE: $85 includes show & Friday parade

EVENT WEBSITE: Event Website

CONTACT INFO: Phone: (209) – 447 – 5962

Date Start Time End Time
June 11, 2022 9:00am 5:00pm
June 12, 2022 9:00am 3:00pm


Chicago, Brian Wilson with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin

Sat, Jun 11, 7 – 11 PM
Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord, CA

There’s something in the air that seems to be coming from the windy city…and the sea breeze is bringing in some good vibrations to this side of town… Brace yourselves for a staggering live performance from rock and roll’s most illustrious heroes. Chicago and Brian Wilson along with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin are slated to conquer the stage of the Concord Pavilion on Saturday 11th June 2022. It’s a double headliner tour that would truly bring the house down timeless classics such as Chicago’s “Make Me Smile,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “If You Leave Me Now”, playing back-to-back-to-back with Brian Wilson’s immortal greats such as “Good Vibrations”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, God Only Knows”, “Surfin’ USA”, and many more! Expect double portions of rock-solid fandoms scouring and scoring tickets to the show. The trick is to be quick by just clicking on the ‘Get Tickets’ link on this site. Now you’re off to a fast start, book your tickets now! READ MORE

Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Sat, Jun 11, 8:30 AM – Sun, Jun 12, 5:00 PM
Capitola Village, Esplanade Park

Watch these classic beauties cruise the coastline on Saturday morning from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola starting at 8:30 am.

Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!

None of this would be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit and patronize their businesses. READ MORE

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