working on home inspections, we get a lot of questions from clients
about the life expectancy of various features or fixtures in the
- "How long should
a gas or electric range last?"
- "How many more
years could we get out of that heater if its five years old
- "When am I going
to have to replace that dishwasher?"
clients are mentally trying to assess future investments they might
have to make, and how soon they may have to do so.
cannot predict how well a particular appliance has been made, or
how well the previous owner treated it, we do share what we know
about average lifespans for most household components.
And so can
you, with a little help from the internet. Here is one of the
websites we check in with that has a lengthy list that covers a lot
of the questions you and your clients may have:
Old House Web
what our inspectors report as the home components clients ask about
We are great home
inspectors , but we assess the condition of the
property as it
stands today. All life expectancy prognostications we
may give you must be taken with a few grains of salt!
example, an electric range should last 17 years "on
average." But our own marketing guy just had his fail
dramatically (with sparks and flame!) after just 14 years. So,
yours might last 20 with no issues to keep the average at 17!
Let us know
if you need more information like this to help you manage client
expectations about future maintenance needs in a house they are
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