Have You Ever Pondered What the Average Life Expectancy is for Your Appliances and Other Home Systems?

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Having worked with thousands of Buyers and Sellers here in the Massachusetts Real Estate market, I know first hand that many first-time home-buyers are so excited to realize their dreams of home-ownership that they often overlook the many small details of owning their home. These details can at times be costly, especially if you have not familiarized yourself with all of the things in your home that will need replacing at some point. The following is an estimated guide of how many years each appliance or home system will perform for you in your home.

  • Roofs
    Selvage or Asphalt Roll last 12 to 20 years, Wood Shake and Shingle last 15 to 20 years, Asphalt lasts 15 to 20 years, Fiberglass lasts 15 to 20 years, Asbestos Shingle lasts 30 to 50 years and Slate lasts an amazing 40 to 75 years.
  • Plumbing
    Gas Hot Water Heaters last 8 to 12 years, Electric Hot Water Heaters last 10 to 15 years, Private disposal systems such as Septic Tanks last from 15 to 25 years and Galvanized Water Pipes last 30 to 50 years.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
    Warm Air Furnaces last 8 to 12 years, Heat Pumps last 8 to 12 years, Air Conditioning Compressors last 8 to 15 years, Gas Chillers last 8 to 15 years and Hot Water Boilers last 30 to 50 years.
  • Gutters and Downspouts
    Galvanized Gutters and Downspouts last 15 to 20 years, while Copper Gutters and Downspouts will last a lifetime, provided that the home is well-maintained.
  • Appliances
    Dishwashers can last anywhere from 5 to 12 years, Disposals last 5 to 12 years, Washers and Dryers last 8 to 12 years, Water Heaters last 8 to 12 years, Refrigerators last between 15 to 20 years and finally, Stoves can last anywhere from between 15 to 20 years.

Of course, when any of these systems are well constructed you may expect that they could last a long time, closer to the upper end of these estimates. Make sure to take a close look at the construction of these systems when we are viewing potential future homes for you to purchase.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us .

Are Solar Energy Systems a Viable Option for Massachusetts Home Owners?

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If you are interested in saving money on your energy bills please know that there are finally home builders out there that are making solar power a viable option for you. Many are currently offering solar power systems as an optional feature, touting their “Green Energy” initiative as a selling feature. Fortunately, their pledge to achieve superior environmental performance as well as reducing the cost of home ownership is about to become a reality.

Realistically, each 3-kilowatt solar power system will lower the homeowner’s electric bills by up to sixty percent, and can result in a carbon footprint reduction of up to forty-eight percent. Not only is this a wonderful savings for the homeowner but also allows them to remain energy independent when electricity rates increase. In addition, this wonderful option yields environmental benefits for the entire community.

When a solar system has been properly installed on your Massachusetts home, you will be able to track how much power your system is producing, as well as evaluate its environmental benefits, all through a web-based remote monitoring system.

Many of the folks I have spoken to in the Shrewsbury  MA area have been somewhat hesitant, only because of the large upfront cost, however there are even ways around that. In fact, several companies in the Greater Boston area will come in and install your solar equipment for free, running it on a lease basis, and selling you back the inexpensive power that it generates.

Is it something to consider, here in Shrewsbury MA? The answer is absolutely. As always, do your homework, bring in a few of the established contractors, and see just what they have to offer you. They will be able to evaluate your particular situation based on amount of sunlight at our location, overhanging trees, and even which way the main body of your roof faces. Silly as it sounds, a system that is completely viable for your neighbor across the street, may not work for you at all.

If you need a recommendation for someone to speak with, just let me know, and I’d be thrilled to refer you to someone excellent right here in the Shrewsbury MA area.

 

Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email atsteve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us .