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Life Expectancy of Home Components

One of the biggest fears of any home buyer who is buying a resale home is having to replace systems or components that break down after they move-in. We always recommend buyers get a home inspection before closing on a home so they know more about the condition of their new homes systems up front, but there is only so much an inspector can check. Systems can break down at any time due to normal wear and tear or negligence, often without warning. 

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For that reason, it is valuable to know the average life-expectancy of your new home’s components. This can help you plan for future repairs or replacements projects, though many systems end up working completely fine well past their anticipated useful life! Below, we have a graph for you with all of the major components or you can read the list below that. 

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  • Air-Conditioning Unit > 12-15 years
  • Water Heater > 12-15 years
  • Roof > 20 years
  • Toilet > Lifetime
  • Shower Enclosure > 50+ years
  • Tub/Shower Faucets > 20+ years
  • Bathtub > 25+ years
  • Refrigerator > 13 years
  • Dishwasher > 9 years
  • Garage Door Opener > 10-15 years
  • Microwave > 9 years
  • Garbage Disposal > 12 years
  • Range/Oven > 13-15 years
  • Kitchen Faucet > 15 years
  • Kitchen Sink > 5-10 years
  • Kitchen Cabinets > 50 years
  • Dryer > 15 years
  • Washing Machine > 10 years
  • Wood/Stone Flooring > 100 years
  • Wood Deck > 10-15 years
  • Electrical Switches & Outlets > 10+ years
  • Carpeting > 8-10 years
  • Exterior Paint > up to 15 years
  • Home Security System & Smoke Detectors > 5-10 years
  • Furnace > 15-18 years
  • Windows > 15-30 years

 

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Austin Area Staycations

Many of us have had to cancel much anticipated vacations and travel plans this summer due to COVID-19. Perhaps a local getaway is an option for you?! Here is our list of the top getaway destinations between Austin and San Antonio.

La Cantera Resort & Spa

Polished rooms, suites & cottages, plus 6 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 5 pools & a spa. 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Upscale all-inclusive resort offering a full-service spa and two infinity pools, plus luxe dining. 13500 FM2769, Austin, TX 78726

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Historic Hotel Emma

Refined hotel in a former 19th-century brewery, with elegant quarters, a rooftop pool & a chic bar. 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78215

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Upscale, all-inclusive resort set on a lake offering 2 pools, plus a spa & posh dining. 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd., Austin, TX 78732

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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Sophisticated property featuring upscale rooms & 7 dining options, plus a spa & a water park. 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

Riverside retreat set on 405 acres offering many outdoor activities, a spa & a water park. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

Polished lodging offering a spa & a golf course, plus 3 casual restaurants & a 5-acre water park. 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251

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Horseshoe Bay Resort

Posh lodging on a 7,000-acre resort with golf, tennis & dining, plus a marina & a private airport. 200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

Polished resort with elegant rooms, a salt cave spa & an 18-hole golf course, plus a posh restaurant. 1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Contemporary lakeside accommodations, plus 3 outdoor pools, a full-service spa & a restaurant. 101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, TX 78734

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Kalahari Resort and Conference Center – COMING SOON!

Gigantic brand new resort under construction in Round Rock. To include the largest indoor water park in America, numerous restaurants and a huge ball room with conference rooms. 3001 Kalahari Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

TJ Lewis Real Estate has received no commercial gain, monetary or otherwise, by reference of the aforementioned entities, nor endorses any of the aforementioned entities.

 

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4th of July Safety Tips

Celebrating Independence Day is a cherished American tradition that is the perfect occasion to gather with family and friends for some summer fun. While this 4th of July might look a little different than years past with the COVID-19 epidemic we are experiencing, staying safe while you are having fun is still very important! These safety tips cover a few key summer topics to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

SPARKLER AND FIREWORKS SAFETY

  • Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
  • Never point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they are being lit.
  • Fireworks should only be lit on the ground and in areas that are dry, fire resistant, and clear of trees and power lines.
  • Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.

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  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
  • Always have a water hose or bucket of water handy. A fire extinguisher is also great to have on hand.
  • If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them. Douse them with water then throw them away.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.

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WATER ACTIVITY SAFETY

  • Always review safe boating practices before going out on the water and check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
  • Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Be aware of your surroundings- the July 4th holiday attracts a high volume of boaters, so be sure to be alert at all times and aware of other boats, swimmers, water skiers, kayakers, etc.

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  • Make sure your boat is in good condition and has all the required safety equipment. Make sure you are ready for an emergency situation or to help others if needed.
  • Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
  • Check the weather before departing. Also pay close attention to sudden changes in wind and water conditions.
  • During daylight hours, protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.

Stay safe this July 4th and have fun from your friends at TJ Lewis Real Estate and Capital Title!

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Best Hiking Trails Around Austin

Austin is well known for being an active city – fitness and outdoor activities are a highlight for many locals. One reason is the abundance of trails, paths and hikes available to its residents. While there are too many trails or paths to put together in just one list, here are some of our top trails to check out in the area. We tried to add different trails from different areas all around our city so you always have one close to you and you have ideas of different trails to check out in the area you might not be familiar with as well!

Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most popular and longest trails in the Austin area. Out and back, it is 13.8 miles and heavily trafficked with numerous activity options. Dogs are permitted on this trail and it is accessible year-round.

Twin Falls & Sculpture Falls Via Barton Creek Greenbelt

Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls are part of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail but are two of the most popular spots along the route. Don’t miss these falls!

Lady Bird Lake Trail

This trail runs next to downtown Austin with numerous bridges and over-water stretches. Ten miles in all, this loop has great views of Austin. It is accessible year-round and pet friendly!

Walnut Creek Trail

Located within Walnut Creek Metro Park in North Austin, this 1.3 mile loop trail includes a river and is accessible year-round. The creek is a common place for dogs to play and people to sunbathe and there are other interconnecting trails to explore

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Onion Creek and Homestead Loop

McKinney Falls State Park is a popular stop in the Austin area and features the Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop. They are good for all skill levels and allow dogs as long as they are leashed. The waterfall is a popular spot but reservations are required during COVID-19 so make sure to check the park’s website before setting out. 

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Great Hills Park Trail

Great Hills Park Trail is a 2.3 mile loop located in Northwest Austin at Quarries Park. The trail is great for hiking, walking and trail running and will allow leashed-dogs with you. 

Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt

Close by Great Hills Park Trail is another great trail, the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail. This trail is 2.2 miles with beautiful wildflowers!

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Lake Austin – 360 Bridge Overlook

The 360 Bridge Overlook provides one of the most popular photo spots in all of Austin. The hike up from 360 is a little steep but short and the views at the top make it all worth it. You’ll probably recognize the Pennybacker Bridge over Lake Austin from postcard and tourism photos – you’ll want to stop to take your own too! There is a gradual path off the top running about 1.7 miles. 

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Mount Bonnell Trail

Mount Bonnell Trail is one of the shortest in the Austin area – only .5 miles. In reality, it is a short climb up the steps to the top of Mount Bonnell. At the top, you’ll find great Austin views and picnic areas to rest or relax. 

Three Falls Hike

Another trail on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Three Falls Hike is 7.3 miles out and back with a waterfall and activity options along the way. 

Austin is a great place to live with plenty of indoor and outdoor activity options! Did we list your favorite trail or hike?! Let us know your favorite in the comments below!