Life Expectancies of Common Home Components - Free Customizable Handout

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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

Posted By: U.S. Inspect


Re-Blogged 2 times:

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  1. Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain 11/02/2011 07:16 AM
  2. Gabe Sanders 11/06/2011 11:44 PM
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

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

Nov 02, 2011 06:22 AM #12
Michele Cadogan
Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York - Brooklyn, NY
917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales



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.   

Nov 02, 2011 06:23 AM #13
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


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


Nov 02, 2011 07:03 AM #14
Rebecca Melancon
RAM Arts Photography - Lake Charles, LA

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

Nov 02, 2011 07:26 AM #15
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

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

hope you and the kids are doing well.

Nov 02, 2011 08:40 AM #16
Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties - Cumming, GA
Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204

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

Nov 02, 2011 09:05 AM #17
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

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

Nov 10, 2011 12:24 AM #18
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

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!

Nov 10, 2011 12:27 AM #19
Susan Laxson CRS
Parks Real Estate - Franklin, TN
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Great information for both buyers and sellers!  Thank you!

Nov 10, 2011 12:50 AM #20
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential Property Inspections

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.

Nov 10, 2011 01:11 AM #21
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

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.

Nov 10, 2011 01:27 AM #22
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

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

Nov 10, 2011 01:31 AM #23
Rich Quigley
Chicago, IL

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

Nov 10, 2011 02:10 AM #24
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential Property Inspections


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.


Nov 10, 2011 02:17 AM #25
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

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

Nov 10, 2011 01:51 PM #26
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential Property Inspections

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

Nov 11, 2011 12:37 AM #27
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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!

Nov 11, 2011 01:25 AM #28
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

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!!

Nov 11, 2011 01:38 AM #29
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


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

Nov 11, 2011 04:26 AM #30
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

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

Nov 12, 2011 02:24 PM #31
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