Increase Your Home’s Value

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Plumbing Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

Sooner or later, there may come a time when you’re ready to sell your home—and when that time comes, your hope is obviously to fetch as high a sales price as possible. In order to do this, it’s important for you to make a few investments in your home, either hiring a contractor or else undertaking some DIY projects to add value to the property. Such projects might range in scope from new light fixtures to an added sunroom—and that’s to say nothing of plumbing projects.

Vancouver homeowners should know that the quality of their plumbing can directly impact the value of their home. As you put your home on the market, you’re going to have both appraisers and potential buyers investigating your plumbing and ensuring that everything seems to be in good working order. Making a few plumbing repairs or replacements is a great way to boost what your home is worth.

Preparing for Hands-on Buyers

One thing to remember is that some homebuyers are going to get very nosy, very hands-on, in making sure that your plumbing fixtures all work satisfactorily.  You want to make sure that, should a buyer turn on a faucet, there is a good, steady stream of water that comes out; this is not only true for sinks but also of showerheads. If you’ve got a faucet or a showerhead with a subpar stream, clean it overnight with a bag of white vinegar rubber-banded to the fixture; this will remove any sediment that has built up and clogged it. If this doesn’t work, there is a more serious plumbing problem, and the fixture will likely need to be replaced.

Something else to watch out for is sinks—usually the kitchen one—with components that are not stable. If your kitchen faucet is moving around at the base, it’s because the under-sink components have become too loose, simply due to the passage of time. You can remedy this by simply tightening up some of those elements; a professional plumber can also help with this.

Preventing Phantom Noises

Consider this scenario: You’re trying to sell your home. While potential buyers are scoping the place out, your toilet starts to make phantom noises, the bowl refilling itself even though the toilet has not recently been in use. This is an obvious sign of a leak, and it’s going to worry potential buyers—and rightly so: A leaky toilet is sure to mean higher water bills. If you want to instill greater buyer confidence, you need to make sure none of your toilets are losing water!

The Importance of Appearances

Finally, note that buyers are going to want to inspect all aspects of your plumbing, and they’re going to hope that everything looks reasonably new and well cared-for. One thing that every would-be buyer is going to look at is the water heater. If you want to make one big investment to significantly boost the value of your home, replacing the water heater is definitely something that can pay off for you in the long run!

This last step—like some of the others on our list—will surely require the assistance of a professional plumber. To enlist our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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