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5 Updates Your Chetek WI Home Will Need Every Decade

While we recently shared fall maintenance tasks to keep your Chetek WI home running smoothly, it’s time to turn the spotlight on home updates. If you haven’t touched the following areas of your property in the last ten years, or haven’t replaced them since you moved in years ago, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look into their age or even make the move to swap them out.

Below are five updates your Chetek area home will need every ten years:

Many homeowners take the opportunity to replace carpet upon moving in, but if you didn’t, you’ll want to consider both the condition and year it was installed. The average carpet is expected to last ten years, depending on the number of people in the home, traffic, and of course, pets, so if yours is stretching the limits, it could be time to replace it.

Ceiling fans
If you run your ceiling fan often, you can expect it to last around ten years. An easy sign that your fan needs replacing is how long the light bulbs last— if you find they burn out quickly, you’re ready to install a new model.

Dishwashers can use quite a bit of energy and your home’s monthly utility bill will reflect that. If your dishwasher is over ten years old, upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model and reap the savings. What’s more, older dishwashers tend to not clean as well over time.

Bathroom caulk
Depending on how it was installed, caulk in the shower, around the tub, and toilet can last as little as one year or as long as ten. Even if you moved in years ago and skipped this task, or you just purchased a new home in Chetek WI, take the time now to re-caulk these areas. Not only will it give the room an updated feel, but it will help keep moisture away.

Hot water heater
Before you move into a home in the Chetek WI area, ask about the age of the water heater. If you’re already settled, look into your documents to find out when it was installed. This home appliance often does not show any warning signs before breaking down, so if yours is hovering around ten years old, you’ll want to look into replacing it soon.

You can count on Six Lakes Realty to provide helpful tips for Chetek homeowners, as well as help with your home purchase or sale this year! Give us a call today!

John Flor
Managing Broker
Six Lakes Realty
Office: (715) 924-4806

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