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10 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years
10 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years
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There is a lot of responsibility when it comes to being a homeowner, which is definitely something you should consider when you make the long-term investment. However, owning your own home can be an investment that pays off quite generously in more ways than one. But with that being said, you have to take into consideration that there are updates you have to give your house in order to keep and augment its value.

Here you will find a list of 10 updates that your home needs every 10 years. Doing these updates every 10 years ends up being the most cost-effective way of improving the value of your home. By adding these updates to your home, you will save money by not having to replace items when something breaks and they will also keep your home looking fresh.

New Carpet

Carpets get the most wear and tear of any home because they are used every single day. Carpets see a lot of action as people walk on them with shoes, with dirty feet, and other dirt that is brought into the house from open doors or pets. Pets also shed quite a bit and all of their dirt, dust, and allergens can seep into the carpet as well.

Most carpet companies will tell you that carpets should only last for about 10 years for the same reason.

Signs that your carpet needs replacing are: tears, stains, rips, odors, and looking generally worn out.

Water Tank

Water heaters have a lifespan of 10 years. This is very important to know because water heaters do not always show signs of aging. Additionally, it can be difficult to know when to replace your water heater because it’s not easy finding the manufacturing date. Usually the date will appear on the serial number if it is not obviously printed on tank.

It is important to make sure you are on top of replacing your water heater every 10 years because if you do not, it is very likely that there will be leaks and damages. These damages could end up costing you a lot of money. In the end, replacing your water tank is more cost effective.

When you are moving into a home, look for documents with the date of the water heater so that you can know when you will have to replace it and if it would be more advantageous to have the previous owners replace it before you move in.


Similar to the water heater, dishwashers need to be replaced every 10 years. However, dishwashers will usually show signs of aging. Normally, your dishes and glasses will not come out clean, there could still even be food on the plates, or staining can occur when dishwashers are too old. The control board could also be unresponsive and broken after 10+ years.

You could be wasting energy with an inefficient dishwasher because it will use more energy due to it being very outdated.

Garbage Disposal

A broken garbage disposal is easy to notice, as is an old garbage disposal. The blade will become dull and unable  to push the food through the drain as easily.

Again, the lifespan for most garbage disposal blades is about 10 to 12 years, so it is essential to add this to your list of things to update every 10 years.

Washer and Dryer

Washers and dryers are a part of technology-savvy appliances that are becoming more energy efficient as time goes on. Replacing your washer and dryer every 10 years is important to help you stay on track with energy consumption. Not only will the environment thank you, but your wallet will  too!

Besides updating your appliances to become more energy efficient, your washer and dryer will age and need replacing. You will know when your washer and dryer become outdated because they will show significant signs.

Signs you need a new washer include: excessive noise, excessive leaking, water doesn’t fill the drum, washer moves and shakes.

Signs you need a new dryer include: excessive noise, shaking and moving, and clothes aren’t drying.

Repaint (Inside & Outside)

The walls on the inside of the house and outside of the house get a lot of wear and tear. The exterior sides are exposed to the weather, sunlight, and much more. On the inside, walls are subject to hand prints, scratches from furniture, pets, and more.

Paint fades and needs touchups, so, to be safe, scheduling a repainting every 10 years is something you should put on the horizon.

There is not one specific lifetime for paint because of various factors, such as, the environment, humidity, and other factors that affect the quality of paint. However, painting is also one of the easiest ways to freshen up a house and make an older house look new.

Re-caulk showers/baths/sinks

Re-caulking is something easy enough for you to do yourself and it adds the extra attention to detail that will make your house look fresh and new. 

Having a stained bathtub and old, dirty caulk instantly dates and devalues a bathroom. Since bathrooms and kitchens often give a house a huge boost in value, doing something as small as re-caulking will seriously improve the overall value of the home.

Re-glaze Windows

Re-glazing windows is so important because it helps to keep the heat and air conditioning inside the house as well as keeping noise outside of your house. Additionally, re-glazing the windows is a lot more cost effective than replacing the windows and it will add a bit more value to the home.

Most professionals agree that re-glazing should occur about every 10 years because of how long it lasts due to weather elements. Of course, this number could change a bit depending on where you live, but as a general rule of thumb replacing every 10 years is good to keep in mind.

Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms are essential to the safety of your family and your house. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing your smoke detector every 10 years.

Dust can gather inside the detector causing it to be less sensitive. If you find that your detector starts to chirp quite a bit that could be a sign that it no longer is accurately detecting smoke and therefore is not working properly and safely.

Updating Appliances

Even though it can be costly to update appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, and ovens, it can prove to be more cost effective in the long run. Because of the technology we have today, companies are constantly trying to improve the energy efficiency of appliances.

By updating your appliances every 10 years, you will be adding serious value to your home by having more energy-efficient options that save money on your electricity bill, and the newer appliances will keep your home updated and fresh, because, again, value in kitchens and bathrooms tremendously augments the value of a home.