Ah. I honestly never realized that. Also, our house was build in 1933 – don’t even know the construction cost. Probably somewhere in one of the papers for the mortage worth.
I would not say that this comes under maintenance, more like cleaning up, and this is more micro stuff than minor stuff. The big stuff is totally different (road reworks, sealing against ground/rainwater, roof)[/quote]
Our neighbor is an independent plumber; half of his turnover comes from those kind of microjobs, both from owners and in rental units. It is amazing what people phone him for!
Same with gardeners, quite a few of our neighbors hire professionals for maintaining their garden. Even for a relatively small garden that easily adds up to 2500 a year!
Certainly, the items you mention are much more expensive, but fortunately don’t come that often, even with older houses.