It’s not unusual these days for many homeowners to view their home not just as the place they live, but an important investment that can be a critical part of future finances. That’s why, as with any investment, it’s important to take care of your home, especially if you plan to sell it in the future. While it’s safe to say that most homes will appreciate over time, that doesn’t do you much good if you can’t easily make a sale.
This is where investing in the plumbing of your home can be one of the smartest decisions you make, and here are a few reasons why.
“Flashy” home improvements will certainly attract the eye of a buyer, such as a kitchen remodel, or a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but good, working, reliable plumbing is essential to stable home life. If you’ve remodeled your kitchen, but a savvy home buyer—or worse yet, a home inspector—recognize the signs of water damage on the ceiling from a leaky pipe, that means to home buyers that this an added expense they’ll have to foot the bill for, on top of purchasing the home.
Leaving poor plumbing intact can hurt the sales appeal of your home, especially if you’re asking for premium pricing because no one wants to spend additional money on home repairs, especially if a seller is trying to hide this information. That usually says to home buyers that the problem is even bigger and more expensive.
Good plumbing is not just a nice box to check off on the “sales appeal” checklist; it can also be important to residents for reasons of health and safety. A leaky pipe, for example, could lead to moistened areas behind a wall that can encourage the growth of mold, which then presents respiratory threat to every resident in a home, and can be very expensive to address after the fact.
Even if they’re still working properly, older water pipes can still present a health risk. Some plumbing is close to, or even over, a century in age, and if water pipes are old enough to be still made with lead, that’s a health hazard. Children who drink tap water that is laced with lead are at risk, and families looking to purchase a home will steer clear of this hazard.
It’s Good For You
Beyond worrying about the return on investment in the future, improving your plumbing helps you now. Updating old drainage pipes means you can safely flush, shower, and wash your dishes for years to come without worrying about a break. Putting in a new water heater, or adjusting the water pressure back to normal levels means more convenience in your home.
And if you’re proactive about your plumbing, and make sure to get a periodic inspection, you can get the jump on small problems and fix them when they’re minor and cheap, rather than discovering one day that you’ve got a big, expensive problem that you’ve been neglecting for years.
So if you want to invest in good plumbing for your home, contact 411 Plumber and let us help!