How Long Will Your House Last?

There are plenty of joys that come with home ownership, but few would say that maintenance is one of them.  The average life expectancy summarized above is a good starting point for understanding the future expense of maintaining the home of your dreams.

For buyers, this is one of the reasons why home inspections are OH SO IMPORTANT, even if only for informational purposes.  In Virginia, the home inspection is a protection for a buyer to walk away without penalty if unsatisfied with the condition of the home.

Donofrio & Associates, a trusted Ashburn based home inspection company, recommends asking plenty of questions during their home inspections.  Here is a partial list of their suggested questions:

  • How bad is it?
  • How do we fix that?
  • What would you fix first?
  • Can you show me how (X) works?
  • How much time do I have before I should replace (X)?
  • Where are the shut-off valves, and how do they work?
  • Are there any serious problems with the roof?
  • Is the deck structurally sound?
  • Is there adequate insulation in the attic? Any signs of water damage?
  • Are all major systems and appliances working?
  • Is there any indication of structural issues or mold?

Answers to these questions equip buyers with the information needed to walk away or move forward with the home purchase.

For those who do buy, a good rule of thumb trying to figure out the annual expense of maintaining a home is to allocate 1 1/2 – 4 % of the purchase price for regular maintenance, depending on the age and size of the house.

I’m just a phone call away if you need a recommendation for any of the service providers needed to maintain your home!


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