When you put your home up for sale, an interested buyer has a home inspection done to find problems with your home, such as bad plumbing pipes. You may want to have an inspection done yourself, or at least hire a plumber to make repairs and upgrades so your home is appealing to buyers. Here are some types of plumbing work you may want to have done before listing your home on the market.
Fix Leaky Toilets
You might know the secret jiggle that gets your toilet to stop running, but if a potential buyer flushes the toilet as a test, the water may keep running and set off a red flag. Toilet repairs are usually easy and affordable, so if you have a loose handle or runny toilet, have the problems repaired so your toilet passes a flush test.
Stop A Dripping Faucet
A dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal, but it may indicate to the buyer that you've been neglectful in caring for the home. They may wonder what other repairs you've put off making. It's better to have all drips and leaks repaired so something as simple as a dripping faucet doesn't interfere with the sale of your home.
Test For Water Pressure
If your home has low water pressure or your toilets have a weak flush, you may want a plumber to look into the problem. The pressure may need to be adjusted at the valve, or there could be another problem, such as a leak, that keeps water from having the right pressure.
Weak flushes might be a toilet problem or a sign of a clog in the sewer. All faucets and toilets in your home will be checked during the inspection, so if there's a problem, it will be discovered at that time. It's probably best to find out about leaks, clogs, or pressure problems ahead of time so you can make repairs if needed.
Inspect The Water Heater
You may want the plumber to flush out the water heater before you put your home up for sale, just so there is no rust or sediment in it that might flow out when a buyer turns on the faucet. Sediment might also make noise in the heater that might make a buyer think something is wrong with it.
You might even want to invest in a new water heater if yours is old and past its peak years. Your plumber and real estate agent can help you decide if a new heater is necessary and if it's an investment that will pay off once your home is for sale.
If you need help or more information, reach out to a local plumber.