It is a huge milestone when you hit a 1, 5, or even 10-year anniversary of owning your home. While it is exciting to celebrate the long-term love that you and your family have for your home, it is also a great time to look into different ways that your home can be updated, especially after hitting the 10-year mark. In order to keep your home looking modern, cleaned-up, and ultimately, “sellable,” there are some key things that you should keep in mind to update every 10 or so years. Here are some of the most important things to check up on:

Your carpet. If you have a carpet for 10 years, chances are you could be due for new carpeting in all of your rooms. Over time, carpets can experience the common wear and tear, can cause foul odors due to stains, and can even increase allergies for you and/or your family members. Not to mention, the padding of the carpet becomes worn down over time.

Your hot water tank. Many people may not know that as the years go on, sediment in your hot water tank will grow thicker and thicker until it physically wears the hot water tank down. When this happens, the hot water tank will require more energy to run. Based on how well your hot water tank was installed, as well as what type of hot water tank you have, you should generally check in to see if it requires a replacement around the 10-year mark.

Your painted interior and exterior. Don’t forget about the walls on the interior of your home as well as the exterior of your home! After hitting 10-years, it is time to hire a professional or have some DIY fun with your family members to repaint your home. Fresh paint will automatically create an updated look for both the interior and exterior!