With the help of the Internet, today’s property or home buyers are now better informed to ensure their advantage in transactions. It can be quite intimidating to sellers when potential buyers are armed with a list of questions to ask and know specifically what they need to thoroughly inspect in an ocular.
If you are a home seller, it is crucial to avoid giving buyers any reason to believe that the property is far from the perfect home that they are expecting. This is why prior to showing off your home, you must take care of the necessary repairs. Your home’s various systems — mainly, your plumbing system — will definitely receive close attention, so it’s best to hire an inspector who can identify what’s wrong and what needs to be done.
Listed below are the six common plumbing problems identified by inspectors that you certainly wouldn’t want potential buyers to see.
1. Faulty hot water system
Everybody enjoys the convenience provided by hot water systems, but these tend to break down after many years of use. If your home is 10 years old or older and the hot water system has never broken down before but is no longer performing as well as it used to, call a plumber to give it a check. The plumber can determine whether all you need is a repair or you need to replace the entire system.
2. Old plumbing fixtures
Old plumbing fixtures can be an issue for buyers if they use a lot of water. Vintage toilets may have been preserved beautifully and possess a unique character that contributes to the overall look of the bathroom, but most property buyers may have a problem with the fact that these old toilets use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush.
With people looking to slash household costs, it may be a wise move to replace such plumbing fixtures with water-efficient options.
3. Noisy drains and pipes
A plumbing system that creates alarming noises when used is always a big turn-off for buyers. Also, the noise is usually an indication that there’s something wrong with the system. It’s important to silence those noisy plumbing pipes or drains to create a good impression for the property.
4. Water leaks
Any leak is a big no-no for homebuyers, but water leaks are perhaps the greatest concern for most of them. Not only do these waste so much precious water (a leaking toilet wastes 200 gallons of water a day and a dripping tap wastes 3,000 gallons of water a year), but they can also compromise the structural integrity of your house. Leaking pipes can loosen adhesives in your flooring and weaken wood components.
Those aren’t all; the moisture and dampness created by the leaks can encourage the growth of molds which are serious health risks, as well as attract moisture-loving pests such as termites and cockroaches.
If there’s any plumbing issue that can really send buyers running away, a water leak would be it.
5. Hollow floor tiles
Floor treatment is not part of the plumbing system, but when floor tiles sound hollow, that normally indicates that waterproofing has become compromised. When waterproofing is no longer tight, the house automatically becomes prone to molds.
Excessive moisture can also affect other structural elements. No homebuyer wants a house that will cost him a lot of money in the long run.
6. Loose or damaged gutters
These can lead to excessive moisture or dampness in the house, particularly in the walls and ceilings. Plus, when the rainy season hits, flooding is likely to happen. Emergency gutter repair service providers can tackle this problem and make sure those gutters or fixed properly to direct water away from the house.
Real estate professionals always say that selling a house is all about selling the idea of the perfect life at home. Plumbing problems are absent in this ideal life. So, before showing off your home to discriminating buyers, take care of all plumbing woes. Hire the best plumber in your area for effective inspection, repairs and replacement.
Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.
September 28, 2017