Proper staging, curb appeal and competitive pricing are all things you need to keep in mind when you’re putting your home on the market. However, did you think about the fact that the inside of your home might need a little work to get ready to pass inspection as well? Depending on the age of your home, giving a little love to your plumbing may save you from the need to make costly upgrades at closing. Keep reading to learn plumbing tips to save money and get your home’s pipes in tip-top shape for sale.
Bathrooms are a huge selling point for houses. Since they can absorb (pun intended) a great deal of damage from moisture, you’ll want to pay special attention to this small room. Replacing leaky faucets and inspecting groaning pipes are items that are best done by a professional plumber, but you won’t need a pro to replace aging shower heads or add a little caulk around the sink or tub.
Know Your Pipes
Understanding what type of pipes your home has is key to knowing whether or not your buyer will request an upgrade before agreeing to make the purchase. While nearly all metal pipes are good for 70-100 years, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes only last 25-40 years and may need to be replaced or repaired even sooner if they haven’t been well-maintained. If your home is 50+ years old, having a reputable plumber come to examine your pipes is a smart idea so you can avoid surprises when it comes time for your home’s final inspection.
Look for Leaks
Look out for leaks and corrosion in the kitchen, bathrooms or anywhere that you have running water. Leaks can show up in a variety of different ways such as corrosion in exposed pipes or dripping and puddles underneath or behind your toilets or sinks. Check the water flow through all systems, and ensure that bathtubs fill up quickly and drain effectively. Finally, monitor your water bills and be sure they’re not climbing, as that can indicate an unseen leak somewhere in your plumbing system that needs to be repaired.
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, these few simple steps will help ensure that you’re getting top dollar for your family. If you do happen to find something concerning, you can contact Crawford Mechanical Services for emergency service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week or simply fill out our online quote request. We will quickly return your call to get you the help you need!