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SOUTHSTONE HOME INSPECTIONS   LLC
Gary Southstone (President/Inspector)
(360) 201-8933

gsouthstone@gmail.com
509 Cowgill Ave.
Bellingham, WA., 98225-7730


WA. LIC. #332


Life Expectancies

How long will that last?
“How long will that last?” seems to be a universal question in the home inspection industry, perhaps second only to “How much does that cost?” Everything has a life expectancy, and while most of those life expectancies are somewhat predictable, they can vary greatly depending on quality of materials and manufacturing, installation practices, care and maintenance, environmental factors, and usage.
The life expectances in the table below are averages that have been taken from surveys of manufacturers, trade associations, and researchers, as well as manufacturers’ websites and other consumer resources, and are intended only as estimates. Nevertheless, it’s useful information, especially if you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Knowing that the microwave is probably going to fail after about ten years helps you plan for the inevitable expense. If you are buying used appliances, it’s a good indicator of how long you can expect a five-year-old top-loading washing machine to last.
To find the date of manufacturer for many appliances, simply look at the manufacturer plate or tag on the appliance. Some will state specifically when the appliance was manufactured while others will have the date coded in the serial number. You can also find information on the Internet or call the manufacturer directly.


Bathroom fixtures.................................................... 50
Bathtub, cast iron.................................................... 50
Bathtub, fiberglass.............................................. 10-15
Boilers..................................................................... 30
Cabinets, laminate and particle board................... 15-20
Cabinets, wood and plywood................................ 20-50
Cooktop................................................................... 13
Countertop, granite.................................................. 20
Countertop, laminate........................................... 10-15
Countertop, tile................................................... 10-50
Countertop, wood.................................................... 20
Deck, wood.............................................................. 15
Dishwasher.............................................................. 10
Disposal................................................................... 10
Door, exterior with overhang............................. 80-100
Dryer....................................................................... 13
Drywall............................................................... 30-70
Flooring, carpet or vinyl...................................... 10-30
Flooring, wood....................................................... 100
Foundation, concrete block..................................... 100
Foundation, poured concrete................................... 200
Garage door opener.................................................. 10
Gutters.................................................................... 30
Heating and cooling, baseboard heater...................... 20
Heating and cooling, cooling compressor.............. 15-20
Heating and cooling, gas or oil furnace..................... 18
Heating and cooling, heat pump............................... 15
Microwave............................................................... 10
Paint..................................................................... 7-10
Plumbing............................................................ 20-50
Pumps.................................................................. 7-10
Range................................................................. 17-19
Refrigerator......................................................... 14-19
Roof, composition or wood.................................. 15-30
Roof, slate or tile............................................... 50-100
Siding, aluminum or vinyl................................... 20-50
Siding, brick or stone.............................................. 100
Siding, wood..................................................... 10-100
Smoke detector........................................................ 10
Swimming pool........................................................ 18
Trash compactor...................................................... 10
Walkway.................................................................. 20
Washing machine................................................ 11-14
Water heater, boiler............................................. 20-30
Water heater, gas or electric................................. 11-13
Water heater, tankless.............................................. 20
Water softener/purifier............................................. 20

Waterproofing sealants 1-5