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.