When I was doing my morning ritual of reading the ActiveRain posts I came across a post by Karen Crowson entitled Under the Sink- Blog About Anything Challenge . It sounded like fun so I decided to see what lurked beneath my sink as it is an area rarely looked at.
If you show homes in a rural setting one thing that is often forgotten during a showing is the quality of the well water. I bought my house long before becoming a Realtor® and one thing that never hit me was to check the water for both taste and chemicals. In the years since I have purchased thousands of dollars of bottled water and am reminded every time I do the laundry that I should have checked the water better.
The Challenge to Blog About Anything reminded me yet again when I looked under my sink and the first thing that popped was the reverse osmosis filter system I use to filter my water. Living north of Big Rapids, MI our well water is terrible. While it has been a royal pain over the years it has made me a better agent as now I remind buyers to check the well water when looking at the home. Our Purchase Agreement has a section saying seller is responsible for doing a water test but more often than not it is either countered for buyer to do all inspections including water or a foreclosure who don't play by our rules. Other than the obvious stains in the dink and tub I always remove the toilet tank lid. Rarely does anyone clean there so you get a true representation of iron content. If the water is turned on smell it and even taste it to be sure it is appealing to your taste buds. At most convenience stores bottled water runs about a buck so if you drink two bottles a day over ten years you will have spent nearly $7,300 dollars on water you should be able to get from your faucet for free. I don't know about you but I could have used that money a lot of other ways so do your client a favor and when looking at homes make water quality a priority whendoing a walk through. Best of luck in all you do and thanks for reading.