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Does Updating Your Plumbing Increase Home Value?

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 06 November 2018 12:32

Your plumbing system can include a lot of aspects around your home. Some upgrades will serve to increase the value of your home and others aren’t worth the expense. Here are a few of the upgrades to your plumbing fixtures that will help to increase the value of your home.

Appliance Additions

Adding a dishwasher to your kitchen will increase the value of your home because of the added convenience that it brings. There are other appliances that you can add into your kitchen that will also help to improve the appeal of your home. These include a water filtration system through either the refrigerator or from your sink. Instant hot water taps may also be desirable in some markets. You’ll have to determine the best sort of appliances and the plumbing that will be required to install them.

Bathroom Renovations

You may have heard that bathroom renovations help to sell houses. This is true to a certain extent as long as you do it right. New bathroom fixtures will help to improve the appearance of your home. The placement of the fixtures themselves can help to improve the function of your bathroom and add value to your renovation. Another thing that you’ll want to consider is how the plumbing integrates with these fixtures. In some instances, moving your plumbing may be required to improve functionality.

Functional Upgrades

Hiring a plumber for your home may be the best solution in order to increase the value of your home. This is especially true in situations where there are serious problems with your plumbing system. For example, drains that chronically back up or flooding concerns should be repaired. A plumber will be able to address all of these concerns so that you can protect your home from faulty or a poorly functioning plumbing system. This could be caused by old piping or even an improper setup.

Water Heater Concerns

Your water heater situation can improve the value of your home. For instance, it may be to your benefit to go with a tankless water heater. This will eliminate some of the concerns that people have in regards to the long-term maintenance of a standard water heater. Another benefit is that you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water, no matter the size of your family or the amount of usage.

It may not seem like updating your plumbing could increase the value of your home. How your plumbing integrates into your home plays a big part in determining its value.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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