Plumbing Repairs to Help Sell Your Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:07

There comes a point for many families when they either outgrow their current home, need to relocate for employment reasons, or simply do not need as much home as they have. That usually means that it is time to begin considering selling your home. While there are a number of things a homeowner can do that will help increase the selling value of their home, there are often many things they may need to do just to pass an inspection.

“One of the most common questions I get from those selling their home is what plumbing repairs an owner should make before attempting to sell their home,” says Jake of Plumbing By Jake in Kingman, Arizona.

While some of the repairs may be simple enough to go a DIY route, other repairs may be complicated and require hiring a licensed plumber. Some repairs or upgrades may require specific permits be obtained, so be sure to know if your repair qualifies to need these from the city or county government.

Beginning with the kitchen, which is one of the most noticeable areas of a home that buyers look at, you might want to make the following repairs.

A leaky or outdated faucet is generally an easy fix. There are plenty of DIY instructional videos out there to replace or tighten a faucet for both the kitchen or a bath. If you’re not so handy, a licensed plumber or handyman can make the replacement for you. A damaged sink or a sink that simply no longer matches the current décor needs to be replaced. Go with something tasteful but moderately priced.

Make sure to inspect and tighten or replace any shutoff valves that are connected to faucets, dishwashers, washing machines, and ice makers. Making sure that these are in good working order can help the new owner prevent water damage in the event one of these decides to flood.

A running, clogged or leaky toilet is the last thing a prospective buyer wants to see and can be the first thing that sends them looking at another home. Make sure that your toilet is in good working order and sparkling clean. If it’s outdated, upgrading to a water-saving toilet can be an option.

Ensure that the tub and the shower are clean and free of cracks or issues with their drains. A drain clog that is in easy reach can be an easy DIY fix, but clogs that crop up in other pipes or in the pipes leading to the water main may require professional help. Most plumbers recommend you skip the chemical clog-busters and go ahead and plunge or snake a clog free.

A hot water heater is essential for most homes. Make sure that the one in your home is still within warranty and in good working order. If the warranty has expired – most last just six years – it is time to replace it. Doing so before selling your home can increase the value. 

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James Stevenson

Hi, My name is James and I've been involved in the property and real estate industry for 10 years now. I hope people will like to read about my thoughts and experiences in the industry and please contact me if you want to discuss my articles further!

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