26 Apr 2016

Mark Zawaideh

Life Expectancy Around the Home

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When Should Things be Replaced?

As time goes on, things around your home, such as appliances and furniture, wear down and lose their strong functionality. Each of these things around the house have different life expectancies. As a homeowner, you may wonder when the time will come to update or replace them, especially if you plan to list your home for sale in the near future. We have provided a room-by-room guide of how long each thing will last after first purchased. 

Bathroom

In the bathroom, shower components are going to last the longest, as the bath tub lasts anywhere between 25 and 50 years and the shower head will last a lifetime. The toilet will last a very long time as well at 50 years. Depending on how long you own your home, you may consider replacing the the sink and taps once or twice, as each of these will last about 15 years. However, depending on the sink you have, it could last up to 50 years. Cabinets and linoleum flooring should be upgraded every 20-25 years and grouting much more frequently at every 5 years. 

Bedroom

The three things in your bedroom that you may think about renovating at some point are the door, the windows, and the hardwood flooring. These generally last anywhere between 20 and 40 years, so depending on how long you own your home, you may have to upgrade at some point. Interior paint and mattresses are things that need replacing more frequently, anywhere between 7 and 15 years. Also, incandescent light bulbs need to be replaced regularly.

Kitchen

If you have wood counter tops in your kitchen, you will probably never need to replace them unless you choose to upgrade to a different material. Wooden counter tops last for 100 years. Most kitchen appliances, including the dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, fridge, freezer, gas oven, and boiler last anywhere between 5-23 years depending on what kind you choose to purchase. Many people choose to upgrade these more often. If you have vinyl flooring in your kitchen, this will last a long time at 30-50 years and most likely won't need to be replaced except for if you choose to upgrade the material.

Living Room

Everything in the living room, generally speaking, is going to last a decent length of time. Sofas and carpeting will last without a remodel for 10-15 years and TV's won't be outdated for about 11 years. When purchasing a radiator, invest in a good one, as it can last around 30 years. Air conditioners last between 15 and 20 years and smoke detectors might need to be replaced after 10 years of use. Lastly, you will most likely never need to replace your door unless it is a remodel, as these last 30-50 years, and if LED lightbulbs are used, they will need to be checked regularly every 2-3 years.

Outside

The major things that can be replaced or renovated on the exterior of your home don't need to be replaced often at all. If the exterior is painted, this paint will last for 10-15 years before it needs a fresh coat. An asphalt driveway, a patio, and a wooden deck will all last at least 20 years before any improvements need to be made, with the driveway expected to last for up to 30 years and the patio for up to 50. 

If there is something in your home that you feel might need some improvement or updating, especially if you're getting your home ready to go on the market, consider these life expectancies for various common home items to gauge them on whether or not you should look into replacing them. 

Topics: Infographics