How Long do Things in your Home Last?

Posted by Krista Fracke on Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 12:01pm.


Whether you’re a Jacksonville homeowner or in the market for a new home, owning a home comes with some responsibility. It is up to you to keep your home maintained and do or pay for someone to do minor and major repairs. Your home systems are what keeps your home functioning a comfortable level and require that you keep them in top shape or you may face expensive repairs. But, before you go fixing a home system that isn’t working ideally or buying a home with systems that are well-used, it is best to understand how long these systems really last.

Appliances

Unfortunately, this major expense doesn’t last more than a decade. Depending on the technology involved and the quality of the brand, you can expect your appliances to last:

  • Refrigerator – 15 years
  • Range – 13 (electric) to 15 (gas) years
  • Dishwasher – 9 years
  • Washer – 14 years
  • Dryer – 10 to 15 years


Cabinetry

While you may want to change outdated cabinets because of the look, in terms of practicality you don’t have to. Many kitchen and bathroom cabinets can last for 50 or more years.

Countertops

Again, many people replace countertops purely for aesthetic reasons or to get a better quality counter, but even still, marble or stone countertops could last a lifetime if treated well.

Decks

Your deck takes a lot of abuse, so it needs to be maintained yearly, with a good quality stain and/or sealant, as well as taking the time to fix any broken or rotting areas when you see them. In ideal conditions, a wood deck can last you about 20 years.

Doors

If the exterior door is fiberglass, steel or wood, it can last the lifetime of the house. Interior doors should also last a lifetime, although vinyl and French doors will last about 20 years.

Electrical

As long as the electrical is up to today’s standards (i.e., not knob and tube), it should last a lifetime without any issues. Lighting controls and electrical accessories should last about 10 years.

Plumbing

Your actual plumbing (if updated to today’s standards) should last a lifetime, but here’s how long the vehicles related to your plumbing last:

  • Sinks – 50 years
  • Faucets – 15 years
  • Bathroom shower enclosure – 50 years
  • Shower doors – 20 years
  • Toilets – if well-maintained they can last a lifetime
  • Whirlpool tubs – 20 to 50 years depending on use and maintenance

Flooring

Natural wood flooring and marble, slate and granite tiles should last over 100 years, but do require good maintenance. Vinyl flooring has a lifespan of 50 years, while carpet only lasts 8 to 10 years depending on use and maintenance.

Garage door openers

These will only last 10 to 15 years, but are an inexpensive replacement to a home.

Smoke detectors

While their life expectancy is 5 to 10 years, you should replace the batteries in them every six months.

Furnace

While a furnace can last longer than the recommended lifespan of 15 to 20 years, it may be incredibly inefficient and costing you money.

Air conditioning unit

Just like your furnace, these can last about 10 to 15 years, depending on use (and in Jacksonville, they are sure to get used often), but if used longer will be inefficient and costly.

While these aren’t the only systems in your home that require maintenance and replacement, this list is a comprehensive one for the most-common systems. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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