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Updates your home needs every 10 years

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders | Posted: November 17, 2017

If your home is approaching the 10-years old mark or older, no matter how much you keep your home cared for during the years there are certain things in your home that should be updated for every 10-year milestone your home makes. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne Custom homebuilder, shares updates you should make every 10 years on your home.

You may have guessed update #1 already, but replacing the carpet is the first place you should put your focus. The average medium-grade carpet has a life expectancy of 10 years before it should be replaced.

Another update you should plan on making that isn’t cosmetic, but is equally important is replacing your hot water heater. You hot water heater may not show any signs that it is at the end of its life, but 10 years is about the maximum time you want to go before replacing it. It is a good rule of thumb to replace them every 10 years.

Ceiling fans are another item that people often don’t think about having a “self-life,” but they do. If you notice the lightbulbs in your ceiling fan burning out quicker than usual, that is often a good sign it is time to replace it.

A new dishwasher is also an item that has about a 10-year life expectancy on it. You can also get one that is more energy-efficient and will pay for itself over time. If you notice your dishes aren’t as clean as they should be, or your control board acts up or doesn’t work properly, those are all signs it is time to invest in your new dishwasher before it breaks on you.

The same thing goes for a garbage disposal if you have one. The blades in the garbage disposal get dull over time, so the life cycle you can expect is about 10-12 years if you use it regularly.

The last appliance that has a 10 or so year shelf life, is your washer and dryer. Around the 10-year mark, plan on replacing them before you have any leaks or they go out on you. This way you can plan for the expense and have it not sneak up on you as well.

Painting your home, both interior and exterior, is also something that should be updated every 10 years or so. That timeline could be even less, depending on the climate you live in and the humidity levels in your area that wear pant more than cooler and dyer climates.

Next, at the 10-year mark put it on your to-do list to re-caulk the showers, bathtubs and sinks to preserve the quality and prevent any damage or leaks. This is something that you can easily do on your own and will also make everything in your bathroom look brighter, which is a plus.

 

Lastly, consider re-glazing your windows when they turn 10 years old. This will save you money if you continue to do this, then replacing them. Be sure to check the windows each fall to make sure you don’t have any cracks or leaks where your warm air is escaping outside.

 

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

Is it time to update your bathroom?

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders | Posted: November 9, 2017

If you have been in your home for many years or want a project during the winter months, a bathroom update may be just what you need. Whether it is a master bath, hall bath or guest bath, simple changes can make a big difference in the appearance of a bathroom. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne Custom Home Builder, shares signs it your bathroom might need some TLC.

If you have a bathroom you think could use some updates, do what the pro’s do and take some photos of your bathroom. Sometimes, it is easier to see areas that need improvement in a photo than to the naked eye.

The next thing to look at are the colors in your bathroom. Whether it is your paint color, flooring or tile, are any of the colors outdated? Sometimes a simple fresh coat of paint or new tiling can completely transform the look of a bathroom. Try to aim for ageless colors like white, gray and black that can last a long time.

Another update that can make a huge difference, is fixing the issue if your bathroom smells like a bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t smell as fresh as it should, consider replacing the wax seal on the toilet and making sure your sink doesn’t have a leak that could cause a moldy-odor. If you have carpet in your bathroom, that would be a good thing to replace as well. Consider tile as a great alternative. If it gets wet, you don’t have to worry about mold growing. Also, if you have bathroom rugs, you should have them cleaned or consider purchase new ones to help remove the “bathroom” smell.

If you are looking for a true winter project, you may consider a bathroom renovation. Especially if you have an older home or a bathroom with a bad layout, a renovation could completely change the way you use your bathroom space.

Lighting is another small fix that can make a huge difference in your bathroom. If you have poor lighting in your bathroom, updating your light bulbs or light fixtures themselves can give the bathroom a whole new feel.

Lastly, if your bathroom lacks storage there are several things you can do to increase the storage space in any size bathroom. First, consider installing a larger vanity. Especially if you just have a small free standing sink in your bathroom, replacing it with a larger vanity that has shelving below the sink can make a huge difference and give you counter space that you didn’t have before.

Also consider installing shelving above the toilet area in your bathroom to house things like extra towels, toiletries, etc.

Lastly, you can consider knocking out a wall and adding a linen closet for additional storage with the extra space.

No matter the bathroom you choose, these simple tips can transform any bathroom in your home for better.

 

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

 

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