Should I repair OR replace my appliances?
One of the main things to consider is 'who' lives there. In my case, my house and my neighbors’ house look very similar from the outside. The inside is a much different story, they are a retired couple in their sixties that spend a lot of time at their second home, while my house has 6 kids of which 5 are boys, Brady Bunch style. This means a LOT more loads of laundry, dishwasher cycles, opening and closing of the refrigerator, freezer, and microwave doors along with just general wear and tear. So if you are trying to make a value and lifespan judgment on the appliances this should be part of the consideration.
All else the same, the old adage of "they don't make them like they used to" holds true. This is especially the case with higher-end appliances. We often see older high-end homes that have older appliances, and they are still working just fine per the inspector. These older appliances are generally more straightforward as well, making them more accessible and less expensive to repair in a lot of cases. Many newer appliances look great and might have fancy features but they often have a shorter life span. I am a big fan of technology but I believe that adding more electronics to our appliances without significant improvements to the core product leads to a worse product overall.
You can find the age of your appliance by looking up the serial number and using a ‘Date Code Search’ tool online as well as the expected life span which can be helpful.
One of the easiest and fastest ways for a buyer to determine the costs to repair or replace their appliances is to upload the home inspection report with a company like www.TheQwikFix.com. We can provide a detailed and accurate quote for all items flagged in an inspection, including appliances.