In today’s real estate market, the days of “let the buyer beware” are long gone. Instead, as a seller, you need to be sure that you accurately represent your home to potential buyers so that you don’t risk suffering significant economic consequences. One important component of your home that needs to be inspected is your home’s plumbing system. When the plumber is at your home, here are four areas you should have them check before you put your house on the market.
All Water Fixtures
A leaky toilet, shower, or faucet could make a bad impression on potential buyers when they tour your home. Therefore, it’s important to have your plumber inspect all of the water fixtures in your home before you list it for sale. Since most leaky fixtures are an easy fix, this is a great way to improve the marketability of your home without spending much money.
Another component of your home that buyers may test during a showing is the drains. Since a drain that’s partially clogged could cause concern for potential buyers, it’s a good idea to have your plumber inspect and fully clear any blocked drains in your home. Even if potential buyers don’t look at the drains, you will help protect them from future problems by having the drains cleaned now.
A good water heater is one item that most potential homebuyers will want to find before they’ll agree to buy a home. Since a new water heater can be somewhat pricey, most buyers will want the water heater to be in good working order before they make a purchase. When your plumber inspects your home’s water heater, have them tell you how much service life the water heater has left. If the water heater still has plenty of life left in it, you can use this as a detail in your listing.
Since exterior spigots are exposed to the elements, they tend to experience a lot of wear and tear. Make sure, then, that the spigots are working properly before your plumber leaves your home. A leaking spigot could cause significant damage to your home’s foundation if it’s left to leak for a significant period of time. Plus, the fact that it’s leaking could make a bad impression on potential buyers. With so much at stake, make fixing this leaking spigot a priority before you put your home on the market.
An experienced plumber can provide significant insight into the inner-workings of your home. To help you as you seek to sell your home quickly, it’s a good idea to ask your plumber for their overall evaluation of your home’s plumbing systems. This will give you a good starting point to know how to shape your listing so that you can ensure you don’t accidentally mislead potential buyers.
Author Bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.