How Long Does it Last?

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August 20, 2014
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Are you ready for your home inspection?  If you are at your inspection and the inspector tells you that the water heater is ten years old, the asphalt roof was replaced 15 years ago, and the stove that you will be using every day has been there for seven years, do you know what that means?  Do you know which of those, if any, you will have to replace in the next couple of years?  To get the most out of your home inspection and to fully understand how much extra money will be needed to maintain the home in the short- and long-term, it is good to ask the home inspector the average life of appliances and features of your future home.  The better you understand the potential costs, the better you can prepare when you move in, and the more leverage you have for any renegotiating that may take place between you and the seller.

To get a head start, check out the “How Long Does it Last?” article in our 2014 Homeownership Resource Guide.  Having this knowledge going into the inspection will help even more.  If you would like a hard copy of our Resource Guide email Ian Dalley at dalley@allstonbrighton cdc.org.