Time for an Update?

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Some home projects are planned out ahead of time and then there are other home projects or upgrades that get done due to unforeseen circumstances. For example, painting a room or upgrading a bathroom or adding overhead lighting are common projects that you can usually plan into your budget and into your lifestyle. We recommend using a licensed professional for projects like these and other home projects such as kitchen renovations, adding a deck or patio, changing flooring, etc. where skill and experience will actually save you time and money in the long run.

Then there are the unforeseen projects. This may be the hot water heater that burst and now your downstairs family room has been overhauled with new flooring, wainscoting, new electric in the walls and the list goes on. These type of unforeseen projects can really have an impact on a household and using a professional contractor is even more important with these projects.

We thought that it would be useful to share a list of common household replacements and what the average lifespan is for each. Take a look and you may want to think about planning for the next replacement before you are scrambling due to wear and tear.

Doorbell – 45 years
Garage Door – 25 years
Gas Fireplace – 25 Years
Linoleum Flooring – 25 years
Whirlpool Bathtub – 20 years
Sink Faucets – 20 years
Gas Oven – 18 years
Garage Door Opener – 15 years
Sofa – 15 years
Washing Machine – 15 years
Refrigerator – 13 years
Dryer – 13 years
Food Disposal – 12 years
Water Heater – 12 years
Carpet – 10 years
Microwave – 9 years
Dishwasher – 9 years

In a general contractor, you want someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and professional – someone who views your project the same way you do. For over 15 years, that go-to person has been Jonathan Seibold, the Mercer contractor who owns and operates New Jersey’s Walks Walls and Wishes.

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