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, you’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
What 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.
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.