How To Tell It's Time To Replace These Household Items

Most things in your home will have a lifespan. But it’s not always easy to know what that is. When it comes to appliances, the rule tends to be that once they have stopped doing their job properly and no replacement parts or tinkering can help it’s time to replace them.

However, with many other items around the home, people aren’t as sure about when they should be updated. Without this information, you could be replacing your belongings before you really need to, or, on the other end of the scale, holding on to items a lot longer than you should.

Here is some helpful advice on how to tell when it’s time to replace these common household items.



Carpets tend to be a big expense to replace. However, if you want your home to look it’s best, or you want to increase the appeal of your home for sale, then they should be replaced when it is time to do so. How do you know when that is? Here are some signs your carpet is in need of updating:

  • If it smells and there is no long-term way to get rid of these odours.
  • If it’s worn through, has rips, tears and loose threading.
  • If it has many permanent stains.
  • It has visible signs of wear e.g. sagging, rips, tears, stains or other damage.
  • You wake up feeling stiff and sore, especially in the back and neck.
  • Your sleep is suffering because you cannot get comfortable in your bed.
  • You have a far better night’s sleep when you stay somewhere else like a friend’s house or a hotel.
  • They don’t open and close properly.
  • They are letting air or moisture into your home.
  • They are rotting, cracked or falling apart.

The experts recommend carpets should be replaced every ten years. So, all this information should help you determine if it’s time to change yours.


Over time, central heating radiators accumulate sediment inside which stops them from being as efficient at heating your rooms. A technique called “flushing” will often remove this buildup. However, when you are having to flush your radiators on a regular basis, costing you money and time, it would be worth your while to have them replaced with brand new models.



Your mattress is another tricky item to know when to replace. Here are the main indications that you need to replace your mattress:

Additionally, the general advice is that you change your mattress around the seven-year mark. You can learn more at about new types of mattress.



If your windows are fifteen years old or older, you should check them for the following signs that suggest they need replacement:

We hope you have found this information helpful for looking after home and its contents. If you are in any doubt about the condition of any part of your home, remember there are professionals out there who can give you an expert opinion. (And a lot of them will give you a free consultation.)

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


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