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Blog/Opinion: Healthcare vs. Mortgage Costs

By HHI Staff

It is sad when people decide not to incorporate healthy features into their home project because of cost. We would almost never consider building a house without doors on the bedrooms just because doors cost money. We rarely reject having a garage or a second bathroom because of its expense. Yet some of us are willing to sacrifice our health for a few dollars even though health is one of our most basic needs.


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Both houses and health care cost money. What if you "save" a little money by using unhealthy materials when you build your house, but your house makes you sick? You don’t actually save any money because you spend it (and likely more) at the doctor’s, or on higher health insurance premiums.


Most thinking people, if given the choice, would rather spend a little more on their mortgage payment each month than pay their doctor when they get sick. If you get cancer or another serious condition largely as a result of the air in your house, your healthcare expenses could easily exceed the cost of the entire house. Healthy houses save money in the long run.


If you are already sick and need a healthy house to regain your personal health, you may be able to deduct the cost of health-related features on your income tax. If prescribed by your doctor, they may be legitimate medical expenses. Since tax laws continually change, discuss this with your accountant or tax preparer. If this is a possibility, keep careful records of all expenses.


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Healthcare vs. Mortgage Costs:  Created on May 29th, 2011.  Last Modified on May 29th, 2011


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