chris'corner: Ontario: New Tecumseth

Buying a Home in New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio or Essa?

Looking to buy a home in South Simcoe?  I recommend using a good Home Inspector.  Contact me for a referral to good local Home Inspectors.  Chrissy Doremus, of US Home Inspect shared this information any buyer should consider...

Often when we buy a home, we can fairly easily ascertain when the home was built and even when additions or renovations were made, but how can you tell the approximate age of many household components and appliances in the home? Here are some tricks, that you may not know about, that can help you determine the age of the "stuff" in your house. And if anyone asks how you got so smart, you can say that your friend is a home inspector :)

How old is my house?

Like this? CLICK HERE then scroll down to EMBED THIS INFO ON YOUR WEBSITE

  • Air Conditioning Condensing Units Look at the serial number data plate at the rear or lower exterior of the outdoor unit. You may need to copy the number and search the manufacturers web site. Usually installed same time as the furnace system but first confirm same manufacturer. Look for an ANSI standard, although frequently not found on a/c manufacture plates. Life expectancy (design) of these units is approximately 10-15 years.
  • Dishwashers Look at the vinyl-covered wire racks in the dishwasher. The vinyl generally starts to wear off of the tips of the wire rack after about 7–8 years of usage. The unit could be a little younger or older, depending on the frequency and care of the user. Excessive vinyl wear would suggest 12–15 years old, and close to the end of its dependable life expectancy.
  • Electrical service cables (on the exterior of the house) Electrical service cables tend to last 27–30 years on the south side of the house and 33–36 years on the north side. East and west exposures land somewhere in the middle. Learn more about electrical service.
  • Furnaces (Forced Air) & Boilers  Again, the serial number's first four digits will typically reveal year of manufacture. Also, check the ANSI standard for a general indication. Furnaces are generally considered to have a design life expectancy of 15-20 years and boilers 25-40 years.
  • Microwaves Many microwaves will have a date label at the interior of the cooking area; example = March 2007.
  • Standard asphalt composition roofing The most significant clue when determining the condition of asphalt composition shingles is the condition of the granules between the joints or slots in the tabs. If the granules are intact, the roofing will not leak. If the granules are missing, to the point that the matrix is exposed, the shingle is failing. Curling and cupping may be indications of age, however, if the granules are intact, the roof has some remaining life. Learn more about asphalt shingles.
  • Storm windows Flat-framed windows that are not self-storing are from the 1940s and early 1950s. Mill finished self-storing windows are from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. White self-storing windows had numerous design patterns that started in the early 1960s and continued through the early 1980s. White self-storing windows with a center mullion, used to hold or stabilize the width, started in the early 1980s.  Learn more about windows.
  • Stucco Hard coat stucco is made of Portland cement, sand and lime. If stucco is not painted, it will last about 60 years on the southern exposure. After approximately 25 years of exposure, the sand starts to loosen. It becomes progressively worse until it exhibits excessive deterioration at about 60 years.  Painted stucco, if done properly and timely, will last 200 or more years.  Learn more about stucco.
  • Water Heaters Check the manufacturer's label on the front of the water heater for 'Date of Manufacture'. Also, the year of manufacture can usually be found in the first four digits. A serial number of 1208xxxxxxx would indicate December of 2008. Still no luck? Look at the ANSI standard on the same label. This standard will give you a general idea of when the unit was manufactured. Life expectancy for electric heaters is 10-15 years, while gas heaters is 8-12 years.

Submitted by: US Inspect Blog

Chris Smith CSSBB
          Sales Representative

Interested in Buying or Selling Real Estate?

  ph: 1.866.936.3500

Re/Max
Chay Realty Inc.,
Brokerage

Comment balloon 2 commentsChris Smith • September 19 2013 11:38AM
Buying a Home in New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio or Essa?
share
Looking to buy a home in South Simcoe? I recommend using a good Home Inspector. Contact me for a referral to good local Home Inspectors. Chrissy Doremus, of US Home Inspect shared this information any buyer should consider… Often when we buy a… more
Safety Tips for New Tecumseth Trick or Treaters
share
Kathy Streib, a Palm Beach County Home Stager and ActiveRain Blogger shared these timely Safety tips for Halloween Trick or Treaters… I thought it went well with Chrissy's Saftey tips for Homeowners on Halloween, so I thought I would share it… more
Are Furnace Inspections Really Needed Every Year?
share
Reuben Saltzman, a Minnesota area home inspector and ActiveRain Blogger wrote this post answering the question "Are Annual Furnace inspections really needed? " recently and I would like to share it with you. I hope you find his post… more
Ten Areas to Check in a Home Inspection
share
Terry Allen, of Consumer Advantage Home Inspection, shared (via Shanna Day Team) this great list of the "essentials" of a good home inspection. At the very minimum, all these items should be covered in a home inspection… Are you… more
4 Hickory Court, Tecumseth Pines, New Tecumseth
share
Open House Sunday February 27th, 2011 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Follow the signs from Highway 9 to this lovely home. Upgraded with attention to detail, this bright two bedroom bungalow is located on a quiet court and backs onto a treed ravine… more
Open House Sunday February 6th from 2 pm - 4 pm - 112 Tecumseth Pines…
share
Is your present home too much "WORK"? Want the freedom to travel? Do you live in Northwest GTA, Caledon or King and looking to downsize? Consider Tecumseth Pines, an adult community close to the GTA. This detached bungalow features two… more
Open House Sunday February 6th, 2:00 pm -> 4:00 pm Tecumseth Pines
share
Looking to move to a smaller home in a adult community, but do not want to feel "crowded" in? Want the freedom to travel?.. and to live in a quiet community with breathtaking view when you are at home? Consider 4 Hickory Court in… more
Open House Sunday January 30th 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
share
Looking to downsize?.. but still need some space? Do you want to be able to look out or spend time in the yard without feeling crowded in too close to your neighbours? Consider Tecumseth Pines, an adult community close to the GTA, just north of… more
Open House January 30th 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - 4 Hickory Court
share
Looking to downsize? But don't want to feel "crowded in"? Consider Tecumseth Pines, an adult community close to the GTA, just north of Caledon and King Townships. This very well renovated home is located on a quiet court overlooking a… more
Detached Bungalow with a view
share
Looking to retiring in comfort? Want to enjoy breathtaking views? This two bedroom, two bathroom home with main floor laundry and a garage has a family room with a walkout to a patio overlooking a lovely treed ravine featuring a large pond. Located… more