I live in a PebbleCreek home that was built in 2001. As is the case with most PebbleCreek homes, it has been cared for throughout the years, but eventually some systems just need to be replaced.

My home is hitting that “eventually” point.

Everyone will make personal choices about what home upgrades make sense, and how much those upgrades should cost. There is a high end and a low end for everything. And, no doubt, my pricing experiences may have been influenced by any number of factors that are completely outside of any one individual person’s control.

Our builder, Robson, builds a great house. But even great houses need maintenance. I know that folks are interested in ball park figures for costs to upgrade some of the older “builder grade” systems to the newer and increasingly efficient options that are currently available. So, I thought I would share some of my current experiences.

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  • Windows and doors. It is not at all uncommon for the windows of a Robson home nearing 20 years of age to need some attention. Sometimes, those windows can be “fixed” and the life of the window can be extended simply by changing out glass – a repair that can cost less than $500 depending on the size of the window.

    At some point, however, when the actual mechanisms of the windows – the rollers and the locks – are giving out, or the need for increased insulation and energy efficiency becomes apparent, most owners of older homes will want to replace all of the home windows and sliding doors. When the time comes, there will likely be a wide variety of options to consider. My most recent personal experience was bids for a full house of windows that ranged from $13,000 to over $20K and I landed somewhere in the middle with a new front door thrown in for good measure. Not bad – and yes, my energy usage is measurably improved.
Clopay Gallery Collection 8 ft. x 7 ft. 6.5 R-Value Insulated Ultra-Grain Medium Garage Door with SQ22 Window

  • Water Heaters. Mine needed to be replaced on Christmas Day. Of course it did. About $1,000 fully installed.
  • Roofing. Our tile rooves provide protection for the actual barrier below the tiles and regular maintenance of those tiles extends the life of the roof well in to decades. HOWEVER, the flat rooves that cover most of the patios are not covered with tiles and need to be coated/replaced/repaired every 7 or 8 years or so. Ball park about $1,000.
  • Garage Doors. Oh boy. I have a full garage door and a golf cart garage door and if I get away with updating and replacing them for under $6,000 it is going to be a lucky day.
  • External Painting. Our HOA requires homes to be repainted very 10 years or so. This includes external features such as fences, mailboxes and decorative walls. Obviously, homes vary in size and scope but I have $5,000 penciled in to my budget for painting.
  • A/C Units. Can’t get by without A/C in Arizona. I am on the original A/C unit with my house (18 years old) and it is working well. But nothing lasts forever. Looks like it will cost $5 – $10K for that depending on the size and efficiency of the unit.

Here is the good news. In a resale home, owners don’t HAVE to tackle everything at once. The air conditioning can be done in one year and the garage doors in another. Many home owners will rely on careful maintenance and home warranties to extend the life of their home’s critical systems.