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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What to Look for During the Initial Walk-through

walkthroughThere’s nothing worse than finding a great home only to find it’s a money pit waiting to happen. No house is as perfect as it may appear, and sellers won’t always disclose everything that’s wrong. With an inspection and due diligence on the part of you and your agent, you can discover most potential problems:

Look around the neighborhood: Are there many homes for sale? Are local stores and restaurants closing? If people are looking to leave the neighborhood, there’s a reason why.

Pay close attention to the exterior: Extra layers of roofing, boards near walls, plants growing out of the gutters or cracks in the pavement can indicate that not much care went into maintaining the property.

Look at the yard grading: If it slopes toward the house, it could cause a serious water problem with water running down the foundation walls or into the basement. Scour the foundation for damage as bulges and cracks bigger than one-third inch can mean the house has serious structural issues.

Use your eyes and nose: The smell of sewage, gas or unpleasant odors could be caused by serious issues. Hire a plumbing company to send a camera through the pipes to determine if there are blockages or breaks.

Check the electrical: Flip light switches. inspect the fuse box. If things appear ancient, it can be costly once you move in.

Keep a lookout for insects: Bugs, ants and traps could be a sign that there’s a problem.

With a little detective work, you can save a lot of time and money to make sure things are good enough to become your home.

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