Not Everything Lasts Forever-Check These Before You Sell Your House.

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Not Everything Lasts Forever- Check These Before You Sell Your House.

If you plan on selling your house soon or even in the next year or two, staging faq'syou’re no doubt thinking about what you need to do to help get it sold.  Of course, you want to hire a real estate agent who is the local expert in your area.  

One of the things they will discuss with you is the condition of your property.

Condition    ⇆    Price   ⇆   Location

To maximize the investment you’ve made in your home, you’ll want to do what you can to improve its perceived value.

In addition to editing what you have, you will want to take a look at your appliances, paint, and flooring.  If they’re still working but you haven’t purchased a new (fill in the blank) in years, take a look at the Life Expectancy of some of your major appliances in your home.


Refrigerator- 14-17 years

Dishwasher- 10 years

Dryer 14 years

Washer 13 years

Garbage disposal 10 years

Microwave 11 years

Range or stove 13-15 years

Water heater 10-25+

Central A/C   15-20

Note that these are all averages.  The make and model of the appliance, how

much use it gets, and how it is maintained will affect its longevity.


You will also want to assess your flooring.  Grade level of the carpet and use will affect its life.  For excellent information on flooring, I suggest you read a blog by Debbie Gartner  The Flooring Girl, who knows what there is to know about any flooring!

Apartment grade -medium traffic 4 years

Builder grade-medium traffic              6 years

Upgraded residential- medium traffic       9 years

High Quality- medium traffic                      15 years


check out your appliancesWhat you can do to help extend the life of your appliances.

Follow manufacturers' tips on cleaning your appliance

If your appliance uses water, consider getting a water filter or water softener.

Clean coils

Check hoses

Keep it clean.


And, let’s not forget paint.  I’ve seen everything from 5 to 10 years.   You’ll need to make this judgment call based on how it looks; if you have a smoker in your house, and, of course if your colors are very taste specific.

There is no rulebook that says you have to do any of these.  

And nothing is written in stone that says if you do any of these items that you will absolutely get your house sold in a short amount of time for more money.



However anything you can do to improve the condition of your property and give it that “move-in ready” appearance, will go a long way in putting it on the “must see” list.



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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy -- I don't think I have ever seen in one place an average "life expectancy" of appliances as well as carpeting -- very interesting information to share.  I'm sure most sellers would have a very different opinion than potential buyers.  

Mar 23, 2015 01:17 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

BARFF- I would love to last forever!  

Debbie- you are very welcome.  I've been to some homes where nothing has been updated in years and it shows. 

Sheila- wouldn't that be nice. 

Wayne- thank you.  I think that buyers do look at the expense of new appliances, flooring and paint. 

Mar 23, 2015 01:18 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally and David- I agree. Why not enjoy your new appliances or flooring yourself?

Nina-  if buyers are weighing several properties or even just one, they will take the expense of replacing appliances, etc into consideration . 

Jeffrey- oh dear.... does that hold true for humans??? 

Kristin- remember, it's only an average.  You can purchase a good quality appliance or flooring that will last longer. 

Bill- the sellers purchased a home warranty for our friends and it came in handy. 

Maria- oh, didn't you know that it's the way of the universe!  LOL Maria Gilda Racelis 

BarbaraT- there you go... you get what you pay for.  We had friends who changed appliances like you would a purse.. but they were hard on their stuff. 

Beth- but think about it, if they lasted forever, we'd never get to buy the latest and greatest! 

Lenn- Again, it's the way of the universe!  Nothing happens one-at-a-time.   your car needs work at the same time your computer goes on the blitz.  Lenn Harley 

Michael- oh yes.  If it still works, you keep it. 

Mar 23, 2015 01:33 AM #16
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - Great information for our clients. Our buyers certainly pay attention to the condition of appliances and major components of the homes we're showing them - it makes a big difference.

Mar 23, 2015 02:02 AM #17
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

Great info shared, especially the average lifespans on many items.  Sellers need to understand that achieving top prices means the home was toroughly maintained. 

Mar 23, 2015 02:09 AM #18
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is great information and it definitely matters how well these things are being maintained, since if these items are not well maintained, their lives might be shorter, haha.

Mar 23, 2015 02:39 AM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Home maintenance is an expense many buyers don't take into consideration.  And my dad's voice rings in my head, "You get what you pay for."

Mar 23, 2015 02:42 AM #20
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

A great "checklist" of items that need to be addressed by sellers and their agent.  

Buyers tend to want a warranty on everything connected to the purchase. Most sellers want to walk away from anything that might go wrong.

Mar 23, 2015 03:14 AM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's funny that I sold my home at just about the point I thought everything was going to start to die and then the home I buy is exactly the same age as  the one I sold.  So it's just a waiting game now. LOL

Mar 23, 2015 04:00 AM #22
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is great information for buyers to know the a average life of an appliance.  This would be a great thing for all listing and buyer agents to have as part of the info for their clients. A

Mar 23, 2015 05:45 AM #23
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Better still, maintain and upgrade your home from the day you settle on the purchase.

Home maintenance never stops.

Mar 23, 2015 06:29 AM #24
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A very useful listing for home owners to appreciate when they have to get their focus on cleaning and replacing, even if just to enjoy the home more

Mar 23, 2015 09:40 AM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dick- If a buyer can see that much of what they'd have to do to a previously owned house has been addressed, it moves that house higher up the list. 

Sajy-the more move-in ready a house is, the more ready the buyers are to move in. Sajy Mathew 

Brian- we have friends who are very hard on their appliances and it's not uncommon for them to replace an appliance every 5 or 6 years. 

Chris Ann- your day was right!

Eric- you can never tell when something will break or go bonkers.  Some buyer's agents, like Lenn Harley , will give their buyers a product warranty. 

Sharon - ok, now that's hilarious!  Didn't you get a new oven and microwave? Sharon Tara 

Alexandra-thank you.  This is especially true for sellers who've lived in their home for many years. 


Mar 23, 2015 11:48 AM #26
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lenn- I agree.  Why not enjoy your home.  Keep it maintained, update when it's time. Don't wait until you sell and have to do it all at one time. Lenn Harley 

Ed- this gives a seller a guide.  Even if everything is in good working order, it may still be time to consider updating it. 

Mar 23, 2015 11:51 AM #27
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I have to agree with Lenn Harley .  I am always surprised by the people who choose to upgrade when they sell and have never really enjoyed those improvements because they waited way too long.  A well maintained home is turnkey!

Mar 23, 2015 01:08 PM #28
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your check lists . . . . will create a home ready to be sold.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 23, 2015 01:42 PM #29
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What a great list! I have defied the longevity  odds on a stove from the stats above.


Mar 23, 2015 02:50 PM #30
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

excellent information to share with buyers and sellers looking to buy or sell homes

Mar 23, 2015 11:32 PM #31
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

So true Kathy. So many sellers resist investing one more time before they move. It can pay if they do it wisely.

Mar 24, 2015 02:42 AM #32
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Great advice Kathy... not only will your advice get them on the must see list but on the more $$$$$$ list....

Mar 26, 2015 02:13 AM #33
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