Well Maintained Ranch Style Home in Evans!

The bones of this ranch home in Evans at 3834 Belmont Ave is well maintained with only one neighbor with vacant land to the south. Very large kitchen with tile floors, and two living rooms! Great big backyard. Home is close to shopping, with easy access to Highways 85 and 34. Roof will be new before closing. Seller has loved living in this home for a long time, and it’s ready for your vision to make it your own. Come see it today! Contact Paul Hunter for your private showing at (970) 673-7285 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/88746714

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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Fantastic Cul de Sac Home in Fort Collins!

This fantastic home at 3927 Gardenwall Ct is at the end of a cul-de-sac in the popular Waterglen neighborhood features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Your new home is move-in ready. All three bedrooms, including a great master suite are on the second floor. Enjoy the large fenced back yard adjacent to a sprawling green area, while relaxing on the large stamped concrete patio. Close to I-25 and Old Town. A beautiful home and excellent value! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/88744179

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 11:39 am
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Beautiful Craftsman Home in Fort Collins!

This beautiful Craftsman home at 2138 Yearling Dr near Jessup Farm in Bucking Horse comes with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office, 3 car tandem garage + 220 service, and a full unfinished walk-out basement. The kitchen includes 42 inch cabinets, SS appliances, walk-in pantry and pot filler. Upgraded hardwoods and gas fireplace in great room. Sitting area in master bedroom in addition to a spacious loft, Jack and Jill bath between 2nd and 3rd upstairs bedrooms. Plantation shutters, upscale lighting and hardware throughout. Enjoy the pool and ideal access to trails! Contact Tricia Muraguri for your private showing at (970) 217-6345 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/88710031

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 10:23 am
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Planning for the Life Expectancy of Your Home

 

Nothing in life lasts forever – and the same can be said for your home. From the roof to the furnace, every component of your home has a lifespan, so it’s a good idea to know approximately how many years of service you can expect from them. This information can help when buying or selling your home, budgeting for improvements, and deciding between repairing or replacing when problems arise.

According to a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study, the average life expectancy of some home components has decreased over the past few decades.  (This might explain why you’re on your third washing machine while Grandma still has the same indestructible model you remember from childhood.) But the good news is the lifespan of many other items has actually increased in recent years.

Here’s a look at the average life spans of some common home components (courtesy of NAHB).

Appliances. Of all home components, appliances have the widest variation in life spans. These are averages for all brands and models and may represent the point which replacing is more cost-effective than repairing. Among major appliances, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy, at about 15 years. Electric ranges, standard-size refrigerators, and clothes dryers last about 13 years, while garbage disposals grind away for about 10 years. Dishwashers, microwave ovens, and mini-refrigerators can all be expected to last about nine years. For furnaces, expect a lifespan of about 15 years for electric, 18 for gas, and 20 for oil-burning models. Central air-conditioning systems generally beat the heat for 10 to 15 years.

Kitchen & Bath. Countertops of wood, tile, and natural stone will last a lifetime, while cultured marble will last about 20 years. The lifespan of laminate countertops depends greatly on the use and can be 20 years or longer. Kitchen faucets generally last about 15 years.  An enamel-coated steel sink will last five to 10 years; stainless will last at least 30 years; and slate, granite, soapstone, and copper should endure 100 years or longer. Toilets, on average, can serve at least 50 years (parts such as the flush assembly and seat will likely need replacing), and bathroom faucets tend to last about 20 years.

Flooring. Natural flooring materials provide longevity as well as beauty: Wood, marble, slate, and granite should all last 100 years or longer, and tile, 74 to 100 years. Laminate products will survive 15 to 25 years, linoleum about 25 years, and vinyl should endure for about 50 years. Carpet will last eight to 10 years on average, depending on use and maintenance.

Siding, Roofing, Windows. Brick siding normally lasts 100 years or longer, aluminum siding about 80 years, and stucco about 25 years. The lifespan of wood siding varies dramatically – anywhere from 10 to 100 years – depending on the climate and level of maintenance. For roofs, slate or tile will last about 50 years, wood shingles can endure 25 to 30 years, the metal will last about 25 years, and asphalts got you covered for about 20 years. Unclad wood windows will last 30 years or longer, aluminum will last 15 to 20 years, and vinyl windows should keep their seals for 15 to 20 years.

Of course, none of these averages matter if you have a roof that was improperly installed or a dishwasher that was a lemon right off the assembly line. In these cases, early replacement may be the best choice. Conversely, many household components will last longer than you need them to, as we often replace fully functional items for cosmetic reasons, out of a desire for more modern features, or as a part of a quest to be more energy efficient.

Are extended warranties warranted?

Extended warranties, also known as service contracts or service agreements, are sold for all types of household items, from appliances to electronics. They cover service calls and repairs for a specified time beyond the manufacturer’s standard warranty. Essentially, warranty providers (manufacturers, retailers, and outside companies) are betting that a product will be problem-free in the first years of operation, while the consumer who purchases a warranty is betting against reliability.

Warranty providers make a lot of money on extended warranties, and Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, advises against purchasing them.  You will have to consider whether the cost is worth it to you; for some, it brings a much-needed peace of mind when making such a large purchase. Also, consider if it the cost outweighs the value of the item; in some cases, it may be less expensive to just replace a broken appliance than pay for insurance or a warranty.

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 5:00 am
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TO BE BUILT HOME IN TIMNATH RANCH!

The Alta plan is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home at 7125 Silver Ct with high end finishes backing to the greenbelt. Entertain in a gourmet kitchen featuring 9′ cabinets with full height back-splash below, quartz counter tops, wall oven/microwave, SS appliances, 5 burner gas cook top, SS hood, and fire clay farm sink. Opening up to a vaulted 10′ great room with hardwood floors throughout and a cozy fireplace. Your mud room allows for extra storage and access to the 3 car garage. Photos are of a previously built home and are used as example. Buyer can make selections. Contact Jacqueline Feil for your private showing at 970-402-7509 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/87436286

 

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 8:29 am
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Gorgeous Home in Fort Collins with the Perfect Backyard for Entertaining!

This well-maintained 3 bedroom home at 1703 Falcon Ridge Dr in the popular Linden Park neighborhood! Featuring a wide-open floor plan with high, vaulted ceilings and beautiful wood floors, your new home is super clean and move-in ready. Formal living room and family room with fireplace. Spacious kitchen with plenty of counter space. Unfinished basement for future expansion! Low maintenance back yard and landscaping for outdoor entertaining and relaxing! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/81285101

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 11:15 am
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Charming Old Town Bungalow

Another Windermere Certified Listing is under contract within days of hitting the market!

Classic Old Town bungalow on a great sized lot! Alley parking as well as off street parking in the front. Charming family room fireplace. Great Old Town value.

Call Paul Hunter for more details or for a private consultation about your home’s current value. You can reach him at (970) 673-7285.

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:05 am
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Priceless view, with a gorgeous home included!

This 5 bedroom updated retreat sits on a huge lot backing to open space and a straight shot at Longs Peak.

Boasting a wide-open floor plan, this home has a large kitchen with granite, tile and lots of cabinet space. The vaulted great room and separate dining area provide plenty of room for entertaining and relaxing. Main floor master suite. Large loft with 3 bedrooms upstairs, and a finished basement below. New carpet and paint inside and out. 3 car garage. For more information, visit: http://holstenrealestate.com/listing/76531317 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2752.

 

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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