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Selling your home – Plumbing improvement ideas

Selling your home can be a challenge. You want it to shine for prospective buyers but making serious improvements is generally expensive; this includes improvements to your plumbing. Here’s a quick outline of plumbing improvements at each monetary strata.

Selling your Home: Quick Plumbing Improvements

Want an easy eye-popping investment that isn’t too hard on your wallet? Think faucets. Prospective homeowners tend to focus on things where they can use their hands, such as faucets that can be turned on and off. Make sure your visitors are looking at new, attractive faucets which do not leak. Purchase matching faucets for your different bathrooms to give the house a polished, finished appearance.

Fix any leaks in your bathrooms and kitchen. This not only looks good but leaks may give the buyer the wrong idea about the upkeep on the rest of the house.

Selling your House: Plumbing Checks

In addition to leaky faucets, a potential buyer might:

Check to make sure that your sinks and tubs drain easily
• Look for corrosion or rust on pipes under sinks
• Check for leaks when your water supply valves are turned on and off
• Check to make sure that the garbage disposal works
• Flush the toilets to make sure that the toilets do not run

If your house has more than one story, a buyer might look at ceilings to check for water stains from leaking pipes; fix the pipes and paint the ceiling.

Buyers don’t want problems going into a home purchase. And unless the buyers are looking for a fixer-upper each plumbing problem potentially cuts into your profit. It’s better to address these plumbing issues before putting your home up for sale. The fewer “negatives” your house shows, the faster it sells and the more money you pocket when the deal is done.

Selling your Home: Plumbing Appliances

How old are your appliances? If your hot water heater and dishwasher are on their last legs, you might want to replace them with new models. Prospective home owners love to hear that the appliances are new; it means they can knock them off their list of possible short term problems. In addition, new appliances add sparkle to the appearance of your home.

Selling your House: Major Plumbing Remodeling

The most eye catching rooms in your home are your bathrooms and your kitchen. Should you do a major remodel on these rooms before you sell?

This is not a simple “yes/no” question. You must consider the expense and also what type of return you’ll get on your investment. Depending on the area in which you live and how extensive you’re going to remodel, you may not get a 100% return on your investment. However, you may be able to declare any major plumbing improvements on your taxes after your home is sold. Ask a realtor about the return on investments on remodeling projects home sellers are getting in your area. Discuss any tax advantages with your accountant before embarking on a major remodeling project.

Major plumbing renovations are huge selling points. But many homeowners get as much love by simply fixing leaks and changing out a few faucets.