10 Things Your Home Doesn't Need Anymore

Dorothy Izzo
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
10 Things Your Home Doesn't Need Anymore

Unless your home was built in the last year or two, it's likely to be full of outdated features and systems. Some of those items may add to the home's charm, but many distinctly will not. Replacing the outdated with modern versions or smart technology can save you time and money.


1. House keys

Carrying around a set of jingling keys in your purse or pocket may soon become a thing of the past, with electronic and digital locks becoming a more convenient option, says Melanie Hartmann, owner and CEO of Creo Home Buyers in Baltimore.

2. Telephone jacks

Homeowners continue to cut the cord on landline telephones. In fact, more than half of U.S. households had only wireless service in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. TV cabinets

Mounting TVs on the wall is a go-to solution for many homeowners these days—so TV consoles and cabinets just clutter rooms

To accommodate wall-mounted TVs, installing an outlet on the wall at eye level when you're seated and another one at 18 inches above the floor has become a standard practice

4. Traditional water-heater tanks

Many homes still have tank-filled water heaters. This limits the amount of hot water available, and they can spring a leak, causing extensive damage.

Switching to a tankless water heater is a more energy-efficient, safer option.

5. Manual thermostats

New programmable thermostats turn heat and air systems off and on automatically. Often, they can be controlled with your smartphone.

6. Gas ranges

Gas stoves and ovens were a fixture of many homes for generations. However, they can be dangerous and use a lot of energy.

7. Light switches

Traditional light switches may seem like a necessity, but like so many aspects of a home, they are being replaced with automated options, Sterle says.

Automated switches turn the lights on automatically when you walk into a room or can be programmed to turn on or off at certain times. You’re also able to customize the settings.

8. Traditional power strips and plugs

Power outlets are still a necessity, but they may soon be replaced with smart plugs and power strips that are more energy efficient, and let you control power levels with a smartphone or voice control.

9. Hard-wired alarm systems

Most alarms these days are wireless, so old hard-wired alarm systems can be removed, Sterle says.

Wi-Fi and smartphones let homeowners keep an eye on their properties at all times, and from anywhere, says Tom Wallace, a certified master inspector at Home Check in Florida

10. Standard doorbells

More homeowners are switching to devices with integrated video and audio surveillance, where you can see who’s at your front door and speak to them through your smartphone.

(all info via Realtor.com)