What do you get buying an existing home? Roughly $7,000 in needed repairs, survey finds


When you buy an existing home, you’re also buying into about $7,000 in needed repairs, according to a new national survey.

HomeAdvisor surveyed 1,900 homeowners about their experiences fixing problems, known or unknown at the time of purchase, left behind by the previous homeowners. 

Among the findings:

  • 85% of homeowners have had to fix at least one problem they were unaware of during the buying process. 
  • On average, new homeowners spend $7,168 on repairs in the first year alone and $15,489 throughout their time in the home. 
  • 1 in 3 say they wouldn’t have bought the house if they were aware of the problems left behind. 
  • Of those who have sold a home, nearly 3 in 4 admit to hiding a problem from a buyer. 
  • The most common issues that needed repair involved electrical, drainage and roofing. 

You can read the full report, and its methodologies, here.

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