First home improvement item to do?

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Old 04-11-17, 12:23 PM
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Question First home improvement item to do?

Lets say you own a house in Virginia.

Which would you rather spend $4,000 on replacing first?

-Heat pump - 25 years old ---> Newer model

-8 Wooden windows - 25 years old ---> 8 Vinyl Windows

-Laminate counter-top - 25 years old --- > Granite counter top with backslash
 
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Old 04-11-17, 02:10 PM
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Laminate counter tops are functional.

Window replacement, unless the existing windows are broken, is generally not a very good return on investment.

Losing heat during the winter, or cooling in some places IS a huge deal. I would look at the heating-cooling system first. Four grand probably won't be enough for a complete replacement.
 
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I'd set the 4 grand back and price a new heat pump. Not sure I would replace it preemptively but I wouldn't want to get caught unable to replace it.

How long have you lived in the house? Are you certain everything else is in good shape?
 
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My vote would be AC.
 
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God luck with a new heat pump for $4000. The systems refrigerant has changed and you will have to replace the inside and outside units. Shop around heavily and get the best price, let them know you are getting competing estimates to get them to be as competitive as possible.

Counter tops can wait.

Windows can wait as well.

25 years on a heat pump is living on borrowed time.
 
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I had the house for around 3 years now, everything else should be in good shape.

Would it be advantageous for me to get a home warranty right now?

assumption if the heat pump goes out....they would need to replace it.
 
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I don't know what those warranties cover or what the exceptions are but I've heard more folks complain about those warranty programs than ones that brag about them. If you go that route be sure to check both the reviews and the fine print first!
 
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If it were my money I would replace an old heat pump first but I would wait until it was at deaths door first. As the old saying goes if it ain't broke don't fix it.
 
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