Don’t Drench Your Home Sale by Ignoring Plumbing Issues

By
Real Estate Agent with Prudential Prime Properties 009526424

 

 

A plumbing checkup should be among your top priorities when preparing your home for sale. Your buying prospects might flush toilets, turn on faucets and inspect the showerheads, while more seasoned “experts” will look under the cabinets for leaks and check for water spots around key areas. The last thing you want is to drench a buyer’s enthusiasm because you didn’t fix a simple plumbing issue.

Major plumbing renovations may be huge selling points, but many homeowners can get as much credit by simply fixing leaks and changing out a few faucets. If you can’t make repairs yourself invest in a reputable plumber.

Before allowing prospective buyers into your home, make sure you have strong water pressure and that there are no stains on any of the porcelain. Hire a local housecleaning company to remove difficult stains. 

If you do nothing else, take care of any leaks in your plumbing system, as these will be instant deterrents for buyers. Check as much of your plumbing as possible for corrosion or rust. If your house has more than one story, a smart buyer will look at ceilings for water stains from leaking pipes. Make sure to paint the ceiling following repairs.

Prospective homeowners tend to focus on places where they can use their hands, so make sure that all the hot and cold water knobs are easy to turn, and that the faucets do not leak. Also ensure that sinks and tubs drain easily.

Finally, updated fixtures catch the eye of prospective buyers. A relatively small investment for new faucets can pay off when prospects walk through.

No buyer wants problems. Take care of simple plumbing issues and keep your sale from going down the drain.

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John P.Kreiss, Realtor
Prudential Prime Properties
125 Turnpike Rd. #7
Westborough, MA 01581
Direct:  (508) 826-6920
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john@homesincentralmass.com


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Comments (1)

Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

John, this is a very important system to be reviewed prior to placing a home on the market.  Too often, sellers and brokers do ignore this system, and they will address the HVAC, roof, painting, landscaping, but this gets looked over. Good reminder!!

May 26, 2013 12:34 AM

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