Replacing Things in My Home

Replacing Things in My Home

Have you ever seen the movie “The Money Pit”?  Well, home ownership isn’t exactly like that, but it sure feels that way when things break down and it’s time to make repairs!  So how long are housing components expected to last? Here’s a quick Replacing Things in My Home guide!

The National Association of Home Builders and Consumer Reports estimates the life span for various components as follows:

  • Roof: Typically 20 to 30 years, depending on material
    • slate, copper, clay or concrete roofs have an expected life span of more than 50 years
  • Flooring:
    • Carpets approximately eight to 10 years
    • linoleum 25
    • vinyl up to 50
    • wood, marble, slate and granite may last 100 years
  • Decks: Approximately 20 years “under ideal conditions”
  • Furnace:
    • Oil: 20 years
    • Gas: 18 years
    • Electric: 15 years
  • Central air conditioner: 15 years
  • Range:
    • Gas: 15 years
    • Electric: 13 years
  • Refrigerator: 13 years
  • Free standing freezer: 11 years
  • Washing machine: 10 years
  • Dryer: 13 years
  • Dishwasher: 9 years

Be sure to keep that savings account padded and ready for when things start to break down in your home.  Sometimes they all break down at once, like in the movie… and sometimes you get lucky and get them spaced out over the years.  Look at it this way, it’s likely more economical to repair components in your home than to take on the cost of moving to a brand new house.  So enjoy the house you’re in and save to keep it running healthy!


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