Life Expectancies of Common Home Components - Free Customizable Handout

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Home Inspector with US Inspect

Have you ever wondered how long the various components in your home will last? Here's my most recent addition to the print library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. Feel free to add your logo and use in your marketing! 

Description: How many years do I have left on this roof? Which is the better investment, wood or tile flooring? Too bad our homes don’t come with “freshness dates!” You never really can know for certain how long something will last, but it doesn't seem to stop us from trying! And it's not a bad practice. Knowing approximately how long things will last in your home can help you make decisions to stagger your big purchases, and better plan your "rainy day savings" habits so you are more prepared when those items do decide to conk out. And this 2 PAGE flyer of estimated life expectancies can help!

Life Expectancies of Common Home Components

Life Expectancies of Common Home Components

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Rainmaker
563,524
Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Chrissy, this is great information.  I am often asked questions about expected lifespan, and now have a resource thanks to you.

November 02, 2011 01:22 PM
Rainmaker
527,423
Michele Cadogan
917-861-861 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
Fillmore Real Estate

 

Chrissy,

Thanks for this life expectancies of home components and use of your library resources , I will surely share this information with my assoicates and clients.   Thanks Again.   

November 02, 2011 01:23 PM
Rainmaker
562,448
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain

Chrissy,

Great topic; Sellers can benefit from knowing a "new roof" replaced 5 years ago is not new. lol

Steve

November 02, 2011 02:03 PM
Rainer
61,009
Rebecca Melancon
RAM Arts Photography

Thank you so much for sharing!  I will be sharing this with all of my clients. :)

November 02, 2011 02:26 PM
Rainmaker
404,880
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Chrissy, this is great info...definately one to print and share!

hope you and the kids are doing well.

November 02, 2011 03:40 PM
Rainmaker
168,643
Gayle Barton
South Forsyth Real Estate - Cumming GA Homes
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties

Thanks Chrissy.  That is such useful, and greatky appreciated, information.

November 02, 2011 04:05 PM
Rainmaker
692,519
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections

Hi Chrissy,

Good info I will use in the future. I did'nt even realize this info was available for use by us inspectors.

I am a member of the U.S.Inspect family doing relocation inspections for them.

Since joining them about six months ago I have completed about 25 inspections for them.

Thanks for the info. I will put it to good use.

Best, Clint McKie

Desert Sun Home inspections, Carlsbad, New Mexico

November 10, 2011 08:24 AM
Rainmaker
808,064
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

I have this posted on my website & buyers often have this concern when they purchase a home. Good guide for rule of thumb. Great idea!

November 10, 2011 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
246,117
Palm Properties l La Jolla Real Estate

Great information for both buyers and sellers!  Thank you!

November 10, 2011 08:50 AM
Rainmaker
145,853
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
US Inspect

Nice to hear from you again, Clint! Take a look at the library if you want to check out the rest of what we have for everyone to use. We definintely encourage you to download whatever you like.

November 10, 2011 09:11 AM
Rainmaker
583,249
David Popoff
Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt

Chrissy a good source of information though talking to appliance sales men the average life of a refrigerator or window ac unit is about 8 years unless you want to pay for service and repair.

November 10, 2011 09:27 AM
Rainer
16,518
Christine Gerbehy
Making waves, one home at a time...
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield

AWESOME post!  Much needed info for common questions, and a great handout and contact tool, thanks!

November 10, 2011 09:31 AM
Rainmaker
44,257
Rich Quigley

Very useful information for any homeowner. Thanks for the post!

November 10, 2011 10:10 AM
Rainmaker
145,853
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
US Inspect

 

Great point David! If we were to take an item, buy it, and just let it sit there for x amount of time, it is guaranteed to last a lot less time than these estimates! First of all the quality of the products we buy is a very important factor, and beyond that, our homes and their components require maintenance and care in order to perform to the best of their ability and last as long as we'd like.

 

November 10, 2011 10:17 AM
Rainmaker
404,880
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Chrissy, I'm going to tell our office about your services and great info.

November 10, 2011 09:51 PM
Rainmaker
145,853
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
US Inspect

Thanks, Ellen (Beautiful new profile pic, by the way!!)

November 11, 2011 08:37 AM
Rainmaker
1,104,549
Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Chrissy - That is an awesome resource to have.  When I read through those appliance life-expectancies, I learn that I need to stop complaining about their wearing out so soon.   I just "retired" my washer and dryer.  They were bought new in 1983.  The dryer had just one service call to replace a belt, and the washer never had a service call.  I held on to them because they were given to me by someone very special.  BUT after 28 years, it was time to move on!

November 11, 2011 09:25 AM
Ambassador
1,406,142
Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe

Chrissy I had to go down through the list before I left a comment. Very interesting.  I wouldn't have known some of this info. Thanks!! Good Stuff!!

November 11, 2011 09:38 AM
Rainmaker
556,060
Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC

Chrissy,

Great list to refer to at various times.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention... g

November 11, 2011 12:26 PM
Rainmaker
203,462
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska
Alaska Dream Makers

Chrissy, this is super information and it will be used in our little corner of the world too. Thank you for the reat information (and for letting us use 're-purpose' the info).

Jacque & Larry

November 12, 2011 10:24 PM
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