A useful guide to average lifespan of home systems is from Old House Web, which has a lot of interesting articles and ideas for people who live in, or who want to live in, older homes. A building inspector will probably give you his estimate of useful life of various components, and this is a useful second-guess checklist.
I just discovered www.oldhouseweb.com and will go back to it in the future. It was chosen as one of the six best home-improvement sites in Forbes’ “Best of the Web” issue.
The Forbes review includes a description of some of the content that will bring old home owners (I mean, “owners of older homes” of course) back to www.oldhouseweb.com.
Forbes’ review says "Finally, an old-home site that doesn't dictate pristine restorations or presume unlimited budgets. Here's How offers advice on everything from restoring a fireplace mantel to weatherproofing a historic home. The excellent Finance section features helpful content, like the life expectancy of appliances and fittings and sample maintenance-and-repair budgets. Bulletin boards host provocative discussions such as Renovation vs. Restoration and Keeping a Home in the Family. Extensive supplier links include antiques as well as new items."
This useful list of estimated life spans will help you decide how serious you should let yourself become about that charming old house – how many of these components have already been improved and how recently? How much will I likely have to allow to change the ones nearing their likely demise? Use this list to help decide which of your old favorites (again, I mean favorites that are old, not ones you’ve been thinking about for a long time) is the best choice.
As buyer’s agent, I’ll want you to use these practical considerations to balance falling in love with charm. Let’s find the good ones and start evaluating.