The Life Expectancy of Your Home

Every component of your home has a lifespan. Common questions asked by homeowners include when to replace the flooring or how long to expect their siding to last. This information can help when budgeting for improvements or deciding between repairing and replacing when the time comes. We’re all familiar with the cliché: They just don’t build things like they used to. And while this may be true when it comes to brick siding or slate roofing, lifespans of other household components have increased in recent years. Here are the life expectancies of the most common household items (courtesy of NAHB):

 

Appliances: Among major appliances, gas ranges have a longer life expectancy than things like dishwashers and microwaves.

Appliance Life Expectancy
 Oil-burning Furnace  20 years
 Heat Pump  16 years
 Gas Range  15 years
 Electric range / Refrigerator / Dryer  13 years
 Electric / Gas Water Heater  10 years
 Garbage disposal  10 years
 Dishwasher / Microwave / Mini Fridge   9 years

 

Kitchen & Bath: When choosing your countertops, factor in the life expectancies of different materials.

Kitchen / Bath Item Life Expectancy
 Wood / Tile / Natural Stone Countertops  Lifetime
 Toilets (parts will require maintenance)  50+ years
 Stainless steel sink  30+ years
 Bathroom faucet  20+ years
 Cultured marble countertops  20 years
 Kitchen faucet  15 years

 

Flooring: If you’re looking for longevity, wood floors are the way to go. Certain rooms in your home will be better suited for carpeting, but you can expect they’ll need replacing within a decade.

Flooring Material Life Expectancy
 Wood / Bamboo  Lifetime
 Brick Pavers / Granite / Marble / Slate  100+ years
 Linoleum  25 years
 Carpet  8 – 10 years

 

Siding & Roofing: When choosing roofing and siding for your home, climate and maintenance level factor into the life expectancy of the material. However, brick siding and slate roofing are known to be dependable for decades.

Siding / Roofing Material  Life Expectancy
 Brick Siding  100+ years
 Aluminum Siding  80 years
 Slate / Tile Roofing  50+ years
 Wood Shingles  30 years
 Wood Siding  10 – 100 years (depending on climate)

 

Are extended warranties warranted?

Extended warranties, also known as service contracts or service agreements, are sold for all types of household items from appliances to electronics. They cover service calls and repairs for a specified time beyond the manufacturer’s standard warranty.

You will have to consider whether the cost is worth it to you. For some, it brings a much-needed peace of mind when making such a large purchase. Also consider if the cost outweighs the value of the item. In some cases, it may be less expensive to replace a broken appliance than to pay for insurance or a warranty.

Posted on April 11, 2020 at 8:00 am
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Custom-Built Farmhouse With A Barn

Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And 9 Acres!

Fabulous country living with a custom-built farm house included! From raising animals to growing your dream garden, this 9 acre property presents endless possibilities. The sprawling 5 bedroom home features an open design, vaulted ceilings and an open kitchen with walk-in pantry. The walk-out basement includes a wet bar and 2-sided fireplace. Enjoy the mountains, plains and pasture from the large deck. Acreage includes large fenced pasture, loafing shed, barn with stalls and a 40 x 60 steel building.

For more information, please visit: http://holstenrealestate.com/listing/75506653 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm
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Remarkable Farmhouse With Incredible Views

Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And 3 Fireplaces!

Fabulous farmhouse on 2 acres in beautiful Waverly, just minutes from Fort Collins. With gorgeous views of the Foothills and snow-capped mountains, this property is country living at its best! The 4-bed home boasts a wide-open floor plan with 3 fireplaces and a kitchen with plenty of storage/ counter space. Large 5-piece master suite with dual-sided fireplace and private balcony. Outbuildings include a 2-car garage, wood shop, a bee house and 32 x 16 pole barn. Chicken coops to round out the farm experience!

For more information, please visit http://holstenrealestate.com/listing/74601023 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 460-3033.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:23 pm
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Spacious 2-Story With Exquisite Finishes

Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A 3-Car Garage!

Gorgeous 5 bedroom home in the Summerfields neighborhood. This beautifully maintained home boasts a wide-open floor plan with large living areas, to include a cozy family room with fireplace. Formal dining room and sprawling kitchen with granite counter tops, wood floors and lots of counter and cabinet space. Master suite with 5-piece bath and 3 other bedrooms on the upper level. Fifth bedroom or office on the main level. Pool, clubhouse, fishing ponds and work-out facilityPoudre school district.

For more information, please visit: http://holstenrealestate.com/listing/74059868 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm
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Well-Maintained Ranch In A Great Location

Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms And New Carpet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding three bedroom / two bathroom ranch-style home in the popular Waterglen neighborhood. With easy access to Old Town Fort Collins and I-25, this super clean and well-maintained home features a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Vaulted ceiling in the living room. Brand new, never-lived-on carpet! New A/C, humidifier and water heater. Newer roof and fully landscaped back yard with a sprawling patio for relaxing and entertaining. An excellent home at a fantastic value!

For more information, please visit: http://holstenrealestate.com/listing/73933954 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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