Knowing when the refrigerator is likely to stop working or the roof might spring a leak will better prepare you financially when it’s time to replace. Here are a few general rules from REALTOR® magazine:
100 years or more: brick siding, all wooden floors, cellulose insulation materials
50-100 years: slate, copper, and clay and concrete roofs; copper gutters; kitchen cabinets; modified acrylic kitchen sinks; vinyl floors
30-50 years: thermostats, wooden windows, wood shake roofs, French interior doors
10-20 years: built-in audio systems, aluminum windows, asphalt shingle roofs, faucets, kitchen sinks, gas ranges, cultured marble countertops, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioning units, lighting controls, interior and exterior paints, electric or gas water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces
5-10 years: security systems, heat and smoke detectors, dishwashers, microwave ovens, carpet
If it’s time to replace, make sure to check out Mr. Roger’s Recommendations for a list of contractors and more.