With the housing market bouncing back, this could be a great time to sell your home. And making it as attractive to buyers as possible is the best way to encourage a bidding war and a well above-asking price offer. But along with the cosmetic touch-ups, remember that your home’s plumbing is going to be under the scrutiny of a home inspector before the deal is finalized. So you should not be afraid to invest in a presale inspection from your favorite plumbers to make some proactive repairs and updates.
What Home Inspectors Are Looking For
A good home inspector will start at the water meter and explore every aspect of your home’s plumbing and drain system. The inspector is charged with ensuring that everything in the house is functioning correctly before the buyer purchases your house. This inspection is a deep dive into the physical wellness and condition of everything in your house.
More Plumbing Specifics
Starting at the water meter, there will be an inspection of necessary fixtures like pressure regulators, backflow valves, and filters and any inspections of these devices required. All outside spigots and visible water lines and fixtures will also be tested for complete function. Inside, the inspector will want to check the operation of every toilet, shower, and faucet. This includes noting things like dripping, indications of corrosion, and possible leaks.
During the testing of fixtures, the inspector will also note the drain function. Slow clearing drains and drains that make odd noises are sure to draw unwanted attention and a closer inspection. Next, they look under sinks for signs of leaks or issues with the drain lines. And while issues in any of these areas are not usually deal breakers, they can help a buyer draw the wrong conclusion about your home. Several plumbing issues, even minor ones, can make it look as if your home was not well maintained.
Finally, your home’s water heater will get a thorough once over. The inspector looks for signs of leaks, checks the pressure relief valve and maybe even the drain valve. And if sediment and rust pour out the drain, be prepared to see a request for a new water heater installation before the buyer is willing to sign on the dotted line.
Save Time And Hassle For Everyone
The easiest way to avoid any surprises is to schedule a plumbing inspection before putting your home on the market. This will provide you with a list of items that could bring any sale to a halt. And you have the opportunity to repair things like dripping faucets, old fixtures, and temperamental toilet valves before any potential buyers tour your home.
A Few Upgrades
While you have a licensed plumber at your home, it is also a great time to ask about the latest fixtures and available features. Spending a few dollars on new faucets could draw more buyers and increase the number and size of the offers you receive. And when you market your home, provide a list of the brand new plumbing fixtures and upgrades to show buyers that you have taken the time to ensure that your home is in perfect condition.
No one wants to be in the home stretch waiting to close the deal on a home sale, only to be forced to wait for plumbing repairs. Be proactive, and call (512) 910-8123 to schedule a plumbing inspection with one of the Parobek Plumbing licensed plumbers. We will provide you with a list of recommended repairs and a cost to immediately take care of all of the issues.