Something we’d like to note is that an inspection is not just beneficial when you’re looking to sell your home, it’s a service you should have done regularly for your own safety and to ensure you’re being energy efficient. Having an inspection done once a year is recommended.
If any plumbing defects are identified during the inspection, this is definitely something you want to take care of immediately. There are some major health risks associated with bad plumbing systems. If pipes are leaking, this will result in mold and mildew in those areas. A faulty plumbing system can also affect the quality of running water in your home. If you’re noticing a foul smell or any kind of discoloration from your faucets, call a plumber.
“If you’re planning to sell your home, you’re likely cleaning up, painting, washing the windows, installing new carpet, and staging it to look beautiful… But did you know one thing that often gets forgotten about is the plumbing?” Brad Birge with Big Birge Plumbing informs.
“We’ve found it to be true that many home buyers are looking for beautiful kitchens and fancy (ok at least fully-functioning) bathrooms. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments people will make. You can expect potential buyers to be looking around in some really odd places and they want to see it look fresh and clean. That being said, we’ve compiled a list of simple, easy, lower cost tips that can help you sell your home!
1. Bathrooms and kitchens—Many sellers make sure the bathrooms and kitchen are clean; the floors are mopped and mirrors are streak-free. Don’t forget to pay extra attention to the little details in places like the crud on the faucets, bottom of the toilets, and inside of the dishwasher. Also, make sure the toilet bowl is sparkling white and if there is any discolored caulk around a fiberglass tub or shower that can be easily removed and replaced with fresh caulk. Other tips to note in terms of bathrooms and kitchens:
a. Buy fresh towels to display.
b. Buy organizers for the drawers to improve the functionality of the space.
c. Give your clutter a new home in a storage unit, or donate
what you don’t need to your favorite charity!
Remember, people want to picture themselves in your home, so it needs to feel and look fresh.
2. Sniff test—A stinky bathroom or kitchen is totally unappealing to new buyers. Is your bathroom smelling like mildew? Does your kitchen smell like old food? Make sure you’ve gotten rid of any gross smells in advance. Vinegar usually works wonders when it comes to getting rid of smells. Clean out your garbage disposal, dish washer, and clean out the pop-ups in your sinks so the water runs smoothly down the drain and can take away the smells. After tackling any order problems at their source, you can place a potpourri bag in a decorative bowl or light some scented candles. This will not only enhance the smells in your home, it will add a beautiful touch.
3. Under pressure—Have you checked the water pressure in your home? If you have low water pressure or a shower head or faucet that’s not running smooth you may want to try cleaning out the faucet aerators and checking your pipes for leaks or consider replacing the shower head if needed. You might be able live with low water pressure, but it’s not going to impress potential new buyers.
While the plumbing of your home may not be the most glamorous part, it can often make or break the deal. And here’s a secret for you… You don’t have to hire a plumber who leaves a mess and treats you rudely! We’re not your average ‘Joe the Plumber’ at Big Birge Plumbing. If you need plumbing help, give us a call and we’ll be there with a wrench and a smile.”
After gaining peace of mind from the inspection, and addressing any major concerns that may have arose during the comprehensive check-up, you can now assess what your budget is for other remodeling projects based on the value you intend to sell your home for. To Read more from Strictly Business Magazine about reselling your home and making a profit here!
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