A once brand new home can quickly become out of date without a few simple check ups. Here some things to look for as your home nudges over the two-decade mark:
Older homes can be under powered for today's electronics. We were once in an age where we weren't plugged in charging, entertaining and more. Nowadays, we have gotten into power overload. Consider this from Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB):
- Homes built inthe '40s and '50s had 60 amp service
- Homes built in the '60s and '70s had 100 amp service
- Homes in the '80s and 90's frequently had 200 amp service
- And Today, homes are being built with 400 amp service and above.
Consider the fact that computers, home technology, larger televisions and more mobile devices are going to put a bigger strain on electerical home systems. HSB has a list of tips including examing outlets and switches, limiting extension cords and having an electrician look at your wiring. You can view the full list here
Roofs are the most important part of your house because it protects everything that's inside. Without it, and without a good roof at that, all of your clothes, furniture and more would be completely ruined everytime there was a storm. Your typical roof isn't really made to last more than 20 to 25 years and that number is usually on the long side. Always be watching for shingles curling or missing and if you can, go up into your attic to see if there is any evidence of leakage or seapage. The longer the roof goes unreplaced, the likelier you are to have an issue which is why many insurance companies like to see roofs updated every 15-20 years if possible.
Homes that reach the 20 year mark generally have somethings updated, but not everything. Often times A/C units, furnaces and more are original to the home and are likely nearing the end of their useable life. It is recommended to have a home inspection done to determine the ages and whether you will be fine or should expect to be replacing them soon.