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What Plumbing Upgrades Should You Make Before You Sell Your Home?

Plumbing Maintenance before you Sell Your Home

Thinking of taking advantage of this Seller’s market and putting your home up for sale? If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, there are some plumbing upgrades you can do that can possibly increase your property’s value even more.

According to Zillow, bathroom remodels will give you the most bang for your buck. In fact, 26 percent of sellers make some sort of improvement to a bathroom before selling, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2018. Remodeling a bathroom before resale can help attract more buyers, but getting every dollar invested back at the time of resale is not guaranteed. Cosmetic upgrades, like painting, refinishing cabinets, and upgrading hardware however will generally increase your home’s value by $1.71 for every $1 you spend. Plumbing is important to every home buyer and when it comes to investing in upgrades, it is not only about practicality but also about luxury and appearance.

Wanting some plumbing upgrade ideas to increase your home’s worth?

Modernize Plumbing Fixtures

Have you ever walked into a home and it reminded you of your Great, Great, Great Aunt Myrtles when you were a child? Not many things ruin a potential buyer’s impression of a house more than an outdated appearance. If you want to impress and give the appearance of luxury-update those fixtures. Think about eco-friendly fixtures that are water-efficient such as low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets that have handheld extensions and various pressure settings, and a dual basin kitchen sink for increased functionality. Water-saving appliances are better for the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each American uses an average of 88 gallons of water each day in their home. But installing appliances that reduce your water usage also saves a lot of money on utility bills – a win-win for any homeowner. The EPA says the average family spends $1,100 annually on their water bills and can save around $350 by installing high-efficiency WaterSense® appliances. 

Install a Tankless Water Heater

Installation expense is more expensive to install than a conventional water heater, but they last longer (up to 20 years or more). The benefit of tankless water heaters is they provide a constant supply of hot water and are 34% more energy-efficient than a traditional storage water heater. That could save a homeowner at least $100 every year on energy costs.

Re-pipe your Water Lines

If you have an older home and frequently need numerous repairs because of water line leaks, it could be because of the type of pipes you have. Polybutylene is known for being fragile and prone to break. Galvanized pipe has problems with corrosion that can affect your water quality. Appraisers take your plumbing system into consideration and many home buyers are wary of potential problems from old piping in homes and won’t purchase a home because of it. By re-piping old lines with copper or PVC, you can reassure buyers that your home is the best value on the market while improving your plumbing system’s functionality and safety.

Clean or Repair Your Drains

It’s easy to take your drains for granted, but when they clog or get backed up, you notice. Before you put that for sale sign out in front of your house, take a look at those drains and see if they are clogging or slow. That will definitely be noticed in a home inspection- Get them cleaned out. If all of your drains are sluggish, you likely have a bigger problem on your hands and it’s time to call a plumber.

Fix the Leaks

We see it all the time- Water damage is among the most common reasons for homeowners’ insurance claims. Leaks not only waste water, and therefore money, but they can lead to major water damage throughout your home if left untreated.

Reach out to Auger Pros Plumbing to have repairs and installations done properly. We can help you get your plumbing in pristine shape fast and easily so you can focus on selling that castle of yours! Give us a call at 214-206-6580 today!