Many aspects of a home last little more than a decade. Home buyers should be especially vigilant about inspecting these household components because they have a relatively short lifespan, says the National Association of Home Builders.
Aluminum roof coating: 3-7 years
Enameled steel sinks: 5-7 years
Security systems: 5-10 years
Carpet: 8-10 years
Smoke detectors: fewer than 10 years
Faucets: 10-15 years
Garage door openers:10-15 years
Air conditioners: 10-15 years
Asphalt: 12-15 years
Termite-proofing during construction: 12 years
Source: Bankrate.com, Marcie Geffner (01/22/2010) Photo ©Teresa Butler 2010. All rights reserved.