The 10-Year Fix: Important Home Improvements


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Once your home hits the 10-year mark, it’s probably time for some home improvements. This is true whether the home itself is now 10 years old or you’ve been in your current home (of any age) for 10 years.

Nine Important Home Improvements to Make Every Decade

Here are nine updates your home will benefit from the most, according to Zillow. If you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon, these home improvements should definitely be near the top of your to-do list.

  • Get new carpet. Replace your carpet if rips, tears, stains, and odors remain, even after a good cleaning. I have a great local company for this; email me for the info.
  • Replace the hot water tank. A water heater may not show signs before it leaks or fails, but if it’s been around for 10 years or more, it should be replaced. I know another vendor who can help you with this; email me for the name of the company.
  • Update ceiling fans. If the fan’s light bulbs seem to burn out more quickly than usual, it’s time for a new one. The same goes for light fixtures.
  • Buy a new dishwasher. You’ll likely get a more energy-efficient model that’ll pay for itself over time.
  • Replace the garbage disposal. The average garbage disposal lasts about 10 years because the blades become dull over time.
  • Replace the washer and dryer. The average lifespan of both appliances is eight years. Replace them before problems pop up.
  • Repaint inside and outside. There’s no rule about when to repaint – it depends on where you live, ultraviolet (UV) exposure, heat, and other factors. And if you live in a community with a homeowners’ association, your HOA may have something to say about when and how to repaint the exterior. Generally, though, if it’s been 10 years, it’s time to repaint.
  • Re-caulk the tub, shower, and sinks. It’s a simple update that you can easily do yourself.
  • Re-glaze windows. Re-glazing old windows is easier and more cost-effective than replacing them. There are two local companies I highly recommend; email me for their info.

Some Additional Advice on Home Improvements

Depending on the type and scope of home improvements you’re considering, you’ll want to check out these recent blog posts:

Here’s something else to consider if you’ll be making – or delaying – updates to appliances such as water heaters, washers and dryers, dishwashers, and the like. You can purchase an affordable and transferable home warranty to cover the cost of unexpected repairs to these items. A home warranty can distinguish your listing from others that home buyers are considering. It should come as no surprise that I have a few home warranty companies to recommend; email me for their info.

As I always say…before you commit your money to a significant home improvement project in hopes of increasing your resale value, give me a call at 303-204-6494. My experience and recommendations can save you time, money, and disappointment, and can help you get the highest resale value.

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