This state has the highest home maintenance costs

August 2, 2018 - 2 min read

The Garden State costs the most green

Don’t want to spend all your cash on boring home maintenance costs? Then avoid buying a house in New Jersey. According to a new analysis, the state boasts the highest home maintenance expenses in the entire nation.

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Where home maintenance costs the most

According to a new study, the state of New Jersey has the highest home maintenance costs in the country. Homeowners in the Garden State apparently pay an average of $18,151 a year to maintain their properties.

Other states with high maintenance expenses? They’re mostly in the Northeast, with Washington, D.C. at $18,119, Connecticut at $17,782, Massachusetts at $17,699 and Rhode Island at $17,034.

California and Hawaii are the only non-Northeastern states to make the top 10.

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More affordable maintenance is in the South

All of the country’s most affordable states for home maintenance are located in the South, with Mississippi taking the No. 1. Spot. Home maintenance in the state costs just $14,890 well below the national average of $16,000.

West Virginia came in with the second-lowest costs at $15,068 per year, while Arkansas took third at $15,115.

Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, Alabama, Louisiana and Oklahoma rounded out the top 10.

Home maintenance: essential for preserving home value

Why are these costs of maintaining a home so different? According to, it depends on a lot of factors.

“The cost of buying a house obviously fluctuates based on where in the U.S. you live — but so do the styles, ages, and types of homes you might find in each state,” reported. “From craftsman homes in Alabama to ranch-style abodes in Alaska, the type of house (and how old it is) could factor into how much you’ll have to pay on a yearly basis to maintain it.”

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Aly J. Yale
Authored By: Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor
Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston who has contributed to Forbes and worked for organizations such as The Dallas Morning News, PBS, NBC, and Radio Disney.