Don’t Drench Your Home Sale by Ignoring Plumbing Issues

A plumbing checkup should be among your top priorities when preparing your home for sale. Potential buyers will flush toilets, turn on faucets and inspect showerheads. More seasoned “experts” will look under the cabinets for leaks and check for water spots. The last thing you want is to drench a buyer’s enthusiasm because you didn’t fix a simple plumbing issue.

sinkMajor plumbing renovations may be huge selling points, but many homeowners can get as much credit by simply fixing leaks and changing out a few faucets. If you can’t make repairs yourself invest in a reputable plumber.

There are some simple things you can do before allowing prospective buyers into your home:

  • Make sure you have adequate water pressure.
  • Hire a local housecleaning company to remove difficult stains on porcelain.
  • Check as much of your plumbing as possible for corrosion or rust.
  • If you do nothing else, fix any leaks—they will surely be an instant deterrent for buyers. If your house has more than one story, a smart buyer will look at ceilings for water stains from leaking pipes. And of course, paint the ceiling following repairs.
  • Make sure that all faucet knobs are easy to turn and that sinks and tubs drain easily.
  • Updated fixtures catch the eye of prospective buyers. A relatively small investment for new faucets can really pay off.

No buyer wants problems. So take care of a few simple plumbing issues and prevent your sale from going down the drain.

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Working Kitchens Catch the Eye of Aspiring Chefs

It’s astonishing how many people believe they are the next Mario Batali and have taken to the kitchen in a serious way.

Ratings for cooking shows are at an all-time high as viewers are enamored with the idea of being culinary masters. Home sellers are upgrading to professional-style kitchens to capitalize on the craze, and their investments are paying off in more potential buyers and attractive returns when their homes sell.

One of the easiest steps appealing to today’s tastes is adding stainless steel appliances and sinks, as sleek stainless resists scratches and is easy to maintain. Cast iron is another attractive choice for sinks, as they add color and are large enough for the pots and pans most chefs require. Still another popular amenity for the kitchen is pot filler, which serve as extendible faucets and can be installed next to your stovetop or prep sink for easy water access.

Granite and quartz countertops are among the favorites of home chefs, who require proper working space and cool surfaces for rolling out dough. The surfaces attractive, durable and popular. Consider adding moveable cutting boards, rinsing baskets and various trays. These features are not too expensive and will help open the eyes of potential buyers.

Take advantage of the gourmet explosion with kitchen upgrades that appeal to the home chef. Your effort and investment may yield some tasty results.

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