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You may have just been looking for fun things to do in Round Rock or Austin because you’re new in town, or you may have actually been looking for real estate updates. Regardless, we’re glad you have come to our blog and hope that these help you along the way as a buyer, a seller, a realtor professional, or just someone looking for some fun in the city!

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Appliance Lifespans and Costs to Replace (A Worksheet)

Appliance Lifespans and Costs to Replace (A Worksheet)

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By: Amy  Howell Hirt
Published: August 28, 2018

Appliance lifespans can be a key factor in helping you budget for the house you’ve got your eye on — or the one you already have.

Here’s a question that’s easy to dismiss when you’re in love with a house and eager to make an offer: How long are its appliances and systems going to last?

Skip that question, and you might regret it.

Here’s a question that’s easy to dismiss when you’re in love with a house and eager to make an offer: How long are its appliances and systems going to last?

Skip that question, and you might regret it.

Because if you end up spending three grand in the first year to replace broken-down appliances, you’re probably going to wish you’d offered $3,000 less.

Make a copy of this easy worksheet to avoid regrets like that.

Simply add the year when an appliance was installed (scroll down for more on this), and the worksheet will tell you how much that house could cost you over the next 10 years — the typical time people stay in a home.

Then, with the help of an agent who knows the market, you decide if elderly appliances ought to be a negotiating item with the seller.

How to Find Out the Age of Appliances

Ask your agent to ask the seller. This is the most straightforward approach because homeowners usually remember major expenses like replacing a fridge.
Consider the home’s age. A house less than 12 years old may still have all original appliances.
Ask your inspector. If you’ve already made an offer, they’ll often have this information for you.
Ask to see the  start_tip 116 property disclosure statement. end_tip The property disclosure statement could have the answers you need. Sellers are legally required to fess up about problems with the home or anything that comes with it.
Scope it out. If a range is missing knobs or the oven bears years of burnt-on grease, chances are it’s in its twilight years, and you should probably plan to replace within the year.
Find the serial number. Then visit for HVAC equipment and water heaters and for the rest to find the manufacture date. This is the most difficult but most accurate method if you want to be precise. But it’s up to the seller if they want to let you snoop around to find the serial numbers or to provide those numbers to you.

How Long Do Appliances Last & What Are the Costs to Replace Them?

Below are the typical lifespans and costs of appliances and other key home components. (We’ve listed our sources at the end, if you’re interested.)

Costs include professional installation, FYI. And your cost could vary depending on whether you buy top-of-the-line, find a bargain, or DIY the installation.

Consider these numbers a general guide:




Central A/C unit

12-15 years

$3,700- $7,200

Furnace – electric

15-25 years


Furnace – gas

15-25 years



9 years



11 years



14 – 16 years

$350- $3,000







Water heater – tank



Water heater – tankless



Roof – asphalt (1,500 sq. ft)



Roof – tile, slate, metal (1,500 sq. ft)

50-100 years


Wood deck

10-30 years


Note: For the worksheet, we used the median number for the lifespan and cost ranges and broke down some appliances in more detail to create the calculations.



**Information courtesy of HouseLogic.

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The Cares Alliance – Poker & Purses Benefit 2019 

The Cares Alliance – Poker & Purses Benefit 2019 

Get Your Tickets Now!

Poker & Purses Benefit 2019 

Have you been to our Designer Purse Bingo and Casino Night (Poker & Purses) in the past? It’s always one of the most anticipated and incredibly fun events of the year!

Last year, we capped at 400 people so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Haven’t Been Before? 

This is a casino and designer purse bingo event to help raise awareness about
The Cares Alliance Program and to raise funds towards continuing The Cares Alliance’s mission of pouring
back into our community, making it a better place to live by helping those in need.

This is going to be an amazing and exceptionally well-attended evening full of food, drinks, high-end prizes, and entertainment!
Someone has to win all those designer purses, big-screen TVs, Yetis, etc…It might as well be YOU

The Cares Alliance Poker & Purses Benefit

Event Details


Casino Night & Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser Event
for The Cares Alliance


Saturday, October 19th at 7 pm
(doors open at 6:15 pm)


Round Rock Sports Center
2400 Chisholm Trail,
Round Rock, TX 78681

Pricing Details: Tables, Tickets, Sponsorship

♥ Tickets: $50 per person

♠ Tables: $500 – Reserved Table for 10 people (limited spaces)

♣ Sponsorship Levels: 1k, 3k, 5k, 10k Platinum Exclusive

*Join The Cares Alliance for one year and receive a VIP table for 10 people,
VIP early seating, and event swag/perks….details and consultations available at your convenience.

Sponsorships, tables, & memberships to The Cares Alliance are available:
Contact Jen Jones


The Cares Alliance Logo

 About The Cares Alliance

The Cares Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit serving Central Texas. The Cares Alliance provides financial donations to schools, churches, charities, missions, and individuals while bringing awareness to the different needs of those individuals and organizations. The mission is to be a force of good that highlights financial needs and provides safe, secure opportunities to support those needs within the community.
With over $110,000 in donations awarded since 2016, the potential
community impact of The Cares Alliance is both humbling and exciting to anticipate.
To grow beyond our own team and to further multiply our impact, we invite any interested business or organization to join The Cares Alliance as we seek to build stronger communities, together.

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Protest Your Tax Appraisal


In shock from your property tax appraisal notice? Think about challenging that appraisal by filing a property tax protest. These annually evaluated appraisals are sent to homeowners with the amount owed and how it was determined, including information like the land value, the type of property and if it had any improvements made from the prior year.

With these values continually increasing, the values set by the government appraisers aren’t always correct and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation even estimated that between 30% and 60% of the taxable property is over-assessed, causing some homeowners to lose hundreds and even thousands of dollars. The bottom line is, if your property valuation is too high then the homeowner may have to pay higher taxes, and no one wants to lose money.

How to File a Property Tax Protest

After receiving a notice of appraised value in the mail, you can either agree or disagree with the value assessed for your home. If you disagree with the value, then a notice of protest needs to be filed. This notice should include reasons why you’re filing the protest and must be filed by the May 15th deadline.

Once this notice is filed, a hearing is scheduled by the appraisal district. This hearing can be either informal or formal. An informal hearing will take place with a representative from the district, an appraisal staffer, while a formal hearing takes place in front of the appraisal review board.

When meeting with the representative, ensure you bring all necessary documents with you, including any independent appraisals, photos, and estimates for repairs, as well as any records showing a devaluation of your house. The district representative may offer to revalue your property after going through the documentation. If you accept this new value then you will not need to appear before the review board.

If you are still not satisfied with the value after reassessment, you can choose to keep your hearing date with the review board to further appeal the decision. Once this hearing is completed, you once again have the option to either accept the value set, have a binding arbitration, or file a suit in the district court.

Important Deadlines for Filing a Property Tax Protest

On January 1st your home value is appraised. This value is based on the condition that your property could sell for on this exact date and any damage or improvements after the first of the year won’t affect the value for the current year.

In Late April or Early May, your appraisal will arrive by mail telling you the home value for your property taxes. Make sure you take a close look at this. If your appraisal looks incorrect, you will want to protest it.

May 15th is the deadline for filing a “notice of protest”. This can usually be done online and by mail. If you received your notice of appraised value after April 15th, then you have 30 days from that date to file a protest. The following month is when homeowners begin to see their letters from the appraisal district to inform them of their hearing dates.

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Community News Part 2: Round Rock ISD


The Round Rock community is flourishing just as quickly as the season is turning to Spring!  From proposing new bills to winning gold medals, Round Rock has been hard at work. Read some of the amazing things that the students and staff of Round Rock Independent School District have been a part of since our last community news overview.

Kindergartens Visit Seniors for Valentine’s Day

Some Meridian Elementary kindergarteners went out to spread joy in the Round Rock community this past valentine’s day for the second year in a row! The group went over to the Poet’s Walk Memory Care Community to sing songs and pass out handmade cards. It seemed to be a fulfilling day for all generations involved. Watch some footage of the special day. 

Round Rock High School Student Save a Life

Two Round Rock High School students were recently honored by the Round Rock City Council after they saved another man’s life in January. The two high school juniors were honored with Outstanding Citizen awards after using CPR, that they learned in class, to rescue the man that collapsed. Read more and watch the news segment.

PIE Foundation Beats Previous Year Numbers at Fundraising Gala

In the foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE), raised $276,000.  This was the 18th annual Shining Stars Gala and all proceeds go to the enhancement of the quality of education for all Round Rock ISD students. These funds can usually be seen going towards things such as scholarships, grants and awards. Learn more about this annual gala.

Round Rock Junior Wins Gold

The state title for the 200-yard individual medley at the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet was taken home by Round Rock High School junior, Vincent Riberio. He also took home silver in the 100-yard breaststroke. Read more on how Round Rock students are excelling in swimming.

Texas Representatives Are Banding Together for the “Whole Student Agenda”

The Texas House of Representatives along with Round Rock State Representative, James Talarico, is currently pushing for a series of 24 bills called the “Whole Student Agenda.” This bill would expand mental health resources and allow for a more practical curriculum.  Representative Talarico who was once a teacher himself said he, “knows firsthand how badly these things are needed in Texas schools.” Read more about the bill that is currently being introduced.

Round Rock Educator Raises Money for School Library

For students at Round Rock ISD’s Early College High School, even though educational opportunities were in abundance, students were still missing a library. English teacher, Stephanie Martin recently turned to a crowd-funding website for teachers to achieve this goal and in 3 short weeks the community was able to raise money for new books of all genres! Read more on how this has benefited the student’s lives.

Round Rock ISD Upcoming Parent Program Events and The Empty Bowls Festival

On April 13th, Round Rock ISD is having a celebration of families! This annual resource fair offers demonstrations, activities and access to community resources and learning opportunities. It also features the Round Rock Empty Bowls Festivals which is a service-learning project that brings awareness to hunger in the Round Rock area. For a small donation, students can make a ceramic bowl that is then available for purchase.  Proceeds for the event go to feeding the hungry in the Round Rock community. Learn more about the event.

We love to see all the amazing things that continue to come out of the Round Rock community and are excited to see the school district finish off strong as they head into the end of the school year!