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Life Expectancy of the Parts of Your Home

Your home is getting older, and, with normal wear and tear, parts of your home will need to be replaced.

Depending on what your roof is made of, you could get up to 50 or more years out of it. If you’re considering replacing all or part of your roof, knowing how long it will last may impact your decision making. Here’s the life expectancy of different roofing materials:

  • slate, copper – 50+ years
  • clay/concrete tile – 50+ years
  • wood shake – 30 years
  • fiber cement shingles – 25 years
  • asphalt shingles – 20 years

Your floors may give you more than 100 years of normal use. Here’s the life expectancy of the floors in your home:

  • stone or wood – 100+ years
  • tile – 75-100 years
  • vinyl – 50 years
  • laminate – 15-25 years
  • carpet – 8-10 years

Your plumbing and HVAC systems have a shorter life span:

  • tankless water heaters – 20 years
  • heat pumps – 16 years
  • faucets – 15-20 years
  • furnaces – 15-20 years
  • A/C units – 10-15 years
  • gas or electric water heaters – 10 years

Your appliances don’t last forever either:

  • stoves – 13-15 years
  • refrigerators – 13 years
  • dryers – 13 years
  • garbage disposals – 12 years
  • washing machines – 10 years
  • dishwashers – 9 years

Another consideration in the life expectancy in any part of your home is the quality of the installation, Improper installation may take years or decades off your roof, floors, appliances, or plumbing fixtures. How much you use it and how well you maintain it can also impact the life span of these parts of your home.

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PRIDE in selling your home

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, there are 5 steps you need to make before you put your home on the market.

  1. Pick – Interview real estate agents. Most sellers hire the first agent they interview, while others continue looking. You want to choose an agent with a vibrant marketing plan that you trust
  2. Repair – Make any necessary repairs in your home before you list it! Things like leaky roofs, dead light bulbs, and broken windows need to be in working condition before you show your home.
  3. Improve – Depending on your time frame and budget, make home improvements that will increase the value of your home. There are some home improvements – like a new front door, for example – that will help to sell your home faster and will increase the price you get for your home.
  4. Declutter – Throw away, or store, anything and everything that you absolutely don’t need. The more stuff in your home, the less likely it will sell. Consider staging your home to eliminate rooms that are confusing (a bedroom being used as an office, for example).
  5. Educate yourself. Here is a link to a free video called“Preparing your home to sell.” It’s filled with information that can help you make decisions about what to do. Research market conditions in your neighborhood so that you can make an intelligent decision about pricing your home.  

When you sell your home, be sure you tell everyone that you sold it with PRIDE!

 

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Hot Water Heater Health

 

What’s the most ignored household appliance? The hot water heater.

It’s one of the biggest uses of energy in your home, accounting for 14% to 18% of most household’s total energy costs — between $400 and $600 per year.

The average hot water heater lasts about 10-12 years, but there are ways to extend its life.  

  • For starters, keep the area around the hot water heater clean.
  • Two or three times a year, empty about 1/4 of the water into a garden hose that leads outside to remove any sediment. This will help increase its efficiency.
  • It’s also not a bad idea to be sure the temperature-pressure relief by discharging it and then looking for leaks.
  • If you have an older unit, you could wrap it in fiberglass to improve efficiency. The hot water pipes leading out of the unit can be wrapped to increase efficiency also. All units should be set no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding.
  • Many units have a “Vacation” setting which you can use when you’re away so that the hot water heater won’t keep heating water.

Is it better to repair or replace a faulty hot water heater?

There are some inexpensive (under $300) fixes that might repair your hot water heater. For example, if the pilot light flickers out or if the thermostat fails, they can usually be repaired pretty easily. But if the hot water heater is leaking or is already at the end of its life, a newer model will save you plenty of money in the long run because the newer models are more efficient.

Treat your hot water heater well, and it should give you more than a decade of hot water.

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