You put a bid on the house of your dreams, and your offer was accepted. Congratulations! Now it’s time to put your own home on the market. Before you call your real estate agent, take a close look the following areas of your home:
Are Your Pipes Safe and Clean?
Depending on when your home was built, your pipes may be made of lead, galvanized steel, or iron. Newer homes have PVC, brass or copper pipes, in which case there’s nothing to worry about. If your home’s pipes are made any of the other materials, you should consider replacing them, especially if they are lead. Lead pipes should always be replaced. Have a professional carefully inspect any cast iron or galvanized steel pipes to make sure they’re still in good condition.
Is Your Water Heater Reliable?
Next, take a look at your water heater. Ask yourself a few questions:
- What year was it installed?
- Does it provide enough hot water for the entire house?
- Do you run out of hot water quickly?
Depending on your answers, you may want to replace your water heater. Tankless water heaters are among the best on the market, and more homeowners are choosing to install them every year. When people are house hunting, a new water heater can be a major selling point.
Are Kitchen Fixtures and Drains Working?
Finally, take a good look at your kitchen. When potential buyers tour your house, you can bet that they will be spending a considerable amount of time in the kitchen.
Check your faucet, make sure it is working properly, and consider replacing it if it looks dated. It is also important to ensure that the drains, pipes, and garbage disposal (if you have one) are not clogged. A professional can quickly inspect and unclog any of your kitchen plumbing.
Call Fenwick’s Plumbing Pros
When it comes to buying and selling a home, plumbing issues can mean the difference between months on the market or a quick sale. The pros at Fenwick Home Services are your partners for reliable plumbing solutions. Contact us today for a careful and thorough plumbing inspection to get your house ready for the market.