In an earlier post we refuted the perception of carefree condo living, and also pointed to the high monthly condo fees that needed to be paid in order to avoid home maintenance work. You may recall that for a modest sized (when compared to an infill home) condo unit of 1200 square feet, you could be paying as much as $1,200 per month or more in Condo fees which could cover the mortgage fees of a 3/4 of a million dollar home!
Well, we thought it was time that we shared some actual costs of outsourcing typical home maintenance functions like removing snow from driveways and walkways, as well as lawn and garden maintenance.
First, it is important to acknowledge that there are a lot of options available to an Ottawa home owner, and the costs can vary a good deal. It is important to shop around and select the right solution for your needs. I did a google search on the terms “landscape services Ottawa”, “lawn and garden services Ottawa”, as well as “Snow removal services Ottawa”. Several pages of options came up in each case, and while there are many companies offering either lawn and garden services, OR Snow removal services, there were also numerous companies offering all three. So you can mix and match, or decide on one stop shopping. It is up to you.
As for a specific cost, we can set the likely high end of the range for costs using an example of a home with a large lot (60×100′) and extensive gardens, including water features, as well as double car garage. A close friend has exactly this configuration and engaged a single company to take care of everything. I can attest to the fact that the results are spectacular. Snow is never an issue, and his lawn and garden always look like a picture out of Home & Garden magazine. All of this costs his family a mere $216.67 per month. When he added up the costs for me, even he was surprised at how reasonable they were – the small price of freedom!
Modern urban home design and construction dramatically reduces the effort required to maintain a home. New materials, landscaping options and the size of urban lots all contribute to less effort and cost. So you can expect that the cost of outsourcing these maintenance functions would be significantly less than that experienced by my friend.