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Posted by Petalyn Swartalbert

Aug 2, 2013


(home repair timeline cheat sheet)

home repair timeline

As we mentioned in our last blog update...

Let's talk home-repair time line. You don't need us to tell you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months (although you should), because you can get that information anywhere -you can Google it with your eyes closed. But We do want to make sure you are aware of things that can really throw you if you aren't aware of them or ready. Here's a home repair time line and a short home maintenance list of the most -potentially- cost intensive items: 


  • Check HVAC system filters and clean or replace if necessary. Expect to pay from $30 to $100 for the best reusable filters, but disposable types normally cost much less.

  • Look for leaks around toilets and sinks.

  • Inspect grout and caulking. Touch up any voids or cracks in tubs and showers.



  • Clean septic tank. If your sewage collects in a tank, it should be inspected annually and emptied as needed. Depending on where you live, emptying a tank should run in the neighborhood of $200* to $500 (*numbers do not reflect the S.F. Bay Area).

 2 to 5 Years:

  • Seal grout. Avoid stains and discoloration by adding a fresh coat of sealant to your bath and kitchen tile grout every 2 to 5 years.

  • Get a termite inspection. Look for evidence of termite damage to your home every year, but a professional inspection can find hidden problems before they turn into major costs. Some companies offer free inspections.

  • Replace caulking around windows and doors. All caulking eventually gets too old to do its job effectively. Installing new material can help keep your home energy efficient.


5 to 10 Years:

  • Paint exterior. If your home has wood siding, don't wait until flaking starts to think about painting. This should really be done about once every 3-5 years depending on where you are, moisture or sun exposure to certain parts of the house. This can be a DIY project, but after starting you might wish a professional had been hired. 

  • Install new dishwasher. Many dishwashers reach the end of their lifespan at about nine years. New models have a wide price range depending on their features, but around $500 should get you a good dishwasher.

  • Replace kitchen sink. Steel sinks begin to show their age after five years of use and often must be replaced before reaching 10 years of service. This can be a DIY project if you have the right tools and the ability to work in tight places.

  • Replace kitchen microwave. Microwaves often wear out after about nine years of use. The cost of a new unit can vary widely depending on size, style and features.


15 to 20 years:

  • Check paint on your James Hardie (pre-painted) ColorPlus finish. While your warranty will keep you for 15 years that doesn't mean you'll nee to repaint immediately after 15 years and 1 day. It just means that your color and the protective finish is warrantied to do its job for up to 15 years. It may well hold up for another 5 years just fine. But you should check it to make sure your best exterior asset (the fiber cement board) are well protected with a proper painted finish so that they will continue to perform flawlessly for decades to come.

  • Check roofing material. The life expectancy of a roof varies based on the type of materials. Many asphalt shingle roofs last from 20 to 30 years, but some higher quality materials can protect your home much longer.

  • Replace exterior decks. Your local weather and how often sealant is applied can determine how long your home's wooden deck remains safe and structurally sound. The average lifespan of a wooden deck is considered to be about 20 years.

  • Replace kitchen and bathroom faucets. It may be time to replace your kitchen and bath faucets when they're about 15 years old. A handy homeowner should be able to handle the project if they have the right tools.

  • Install new HVAC units. The life expectancy of your home's HVAC system components is largely determined by how they're maintained. However, even units that have been properly serviced begin wearing out when they're 15 to 20 years old--in some cases even sooner. New units can vary in price based on size and efficiency rating and should always be installed by a qualified professional.

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