9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years

No matter how much you love and care for your home, things are bound to wear out and need fixing — especially when you hit the 10-year mark.

Get new carpet

The average medium-grade carpet has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years. That depends on several factors, including the number of people and pets.

Signs that you need to replace your carpet: rips, tears or stains, and odors that remain even after a good cleaning.

 

Replace hot water tank

A water heater may not show many symptoms before it leaks or fails, so it’s important to know its age. If the manufacture date isn’t shown, then it may be embedded in the serial number on the tank.

A good rule of thumb: Any tank that’s been around for 10 years or more is a candidate for replacement.

Update ceiling fans

A mid-range ceiling fan should last about 10 years, if it’s running frequently. And since a ceiling fan is about style as well as function, you may just want a more modern model.

Buy a new dishwasher

You’ll likely get a more energy-efficient model that’ll pay for itself over time.

Signs that you should replace your dishwasher sooner rather than later are an unresponsive control board, poorly cleaned dishes and cracks in the tub.

 

Replace garbage disposal

The average garbage disposal should last about 10-12 years with regular use, this is because the blades dull over time.

 

Replace washer and dryer

The average lifespan of both appliances is about eight years. So, if your set is 10+ years old and running without any issues, consider yourself fortunate!

 

Repaint inside and outside

People often repaint certain areas, such as a heavily used living room, every three to five years. But if some areas of the home haven’t been repainted in 10 years or more, now’s definitely the time to do it.

 

Re-caulk showers, bathtubs and sinks

Few jobs offer as much bang for your buck as re-caulking re the tub, shower and sinks. You can do this easily yourself and it makes everything look so much brighter.

 

Re-glaze windows

Re-glazing old windows is easier and more cost-effective than replacing them. And generally speaking, re-glazing should be done about every 10 years or so.

But check your windows every year before the cold weather arrives to make sure you don’t have any leaks or cracks.

 

BY SEE JANE DRILL ON 27 OCT 2017