5 Updates Your Fairbanks AK Home Needs Every 10 Years

We recently shared how to get your home ready for fall with our Fairbanks Alaska Home Checklist for September, but there are dozens of other tasks to complete to make sure your Alaska home is at its absolute best. For instance, did you know ceiling fans have a typical lifespan of ten years? If you haven't replaced yours in the last decade or have just moved in to an older Alaska home, it may be time to swap it out for a newer model.

Below are a few more updates your Fairbanks AK home will need every 10 years:

Take stock of the carpet in your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla or North Pole home. Do you know when it was installed? Could the condition be better? Depending on the number of people in the home, the amount of foot traffic, and if you have pets, the average carpet tends to last ten years. If yours is older or you've just moved in and are looking to start fresh, you might like to consider replacing it. 

Ceiling fans
As I mentioned above, ceiling fans have a lifespan of about ten years. One way to tell if yours need replacing is by noting how quickly the light bulbs burn out. If they no longer last as long, it's time to upgrade.

Hot water heater
Unfortunately, hot water heaters don't always show any warning signs before they break down, so it's important to look into the age of the appliance. Before you agree to purchase an Alaskan home, ask about its age. If you've already moved into a new home, find the documentation that shows when it was installed. If it's right around ten years old, it's time to look into replacing it.

If you have an older dishwasher, you could be using more energy than necessary— just consult your utility bill. Upgrade to a newer, more energy efficient model that will also clean much better than your current appliance.

Garbage disposal
Much like the dishwasher, this appliance tends to lose its efficiency over the years. The blades will dull with time and repeated use, so if your disposal is hovering around 10-12 years old, upgrade to a newer model.

Questions about your home value or how you can improve your Alaska home to sell? Give Madden Real Estate a call today!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wes Madden, CEO
Madden Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group
(907) 452-3000

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