There are many things you can do to increase the value of your home, but one of the most popular areas homeowners focus on is plumbing. During your disclosures, for instance, you must describe everything wrong with the house. If you have bad plumbing, you will have to get it fixed, and the sales process becomes focused on problems rather than value.
However, if you upgrade the plumbing prior to listing it for sale, you can emphasize perfect functionality. That said, plumbing upgrades involve much more than simply replacing pipes and clearing drains.
1. Motion sensors
Motion sensor upgrades to your kitchen and bathroom faucets are a stylish and rather popular way to add value to your home. This type of faucet gives your sink a modern sleek look as the need for handles to access water is unnecessary.
You can simply place your hands under the faucet and as your hands come in contact with the sensor, the water automatically turns on. The water also turns off automatically to help conserve water, so in addition to adding style, motion-sensor faucets are a great selling point for anyone wanting to buy a home that promotes eco-friendly features.
2. Luxury shower nozzle
Nozzles with rain and massage functions infuse a relaxing atmosphere into your morning space. When choosing nozzles, you should be sure to choose low-flow nozzles as many home buyers keep an eye out for money-saving, eco-friendly upgrades.
3. Low flow/flush toilets
Upgrading older toilets to low-flow toilets is an easy way to help increase the retail value of your home. Even if you cannot upgrade your entire bathroom, low-flow toilets use less water than traditional toilets, which increases the appeal of your home to people wanting to purchase a more sustainable home.
It is, of course, also important to upgrade your toilets if they are showing signs of wear. The most common signs of aging, according to Fixed Today Plumbing, are:
- strange noises
- water continuously running into the bowl
- inconsistent flushing
- condensation on the base
- toilet is not tight against the floor
4. Pipe insulation
It is common for pipes to not be insulated when a house is built because most of a home’s pipes are typically located in the basement or cellar. However, because basements and cellars are usually significantly cooler than the rest of the home, insulating your pipes can make a big difference.
Fortunately, applying insulation to your pipes is affordable and easy. You can choose from sleeves or pipe wraps, both of which can be simply and easily fitted over all of your exposed pipes.
Everyone loves the convenience of a dishwasher, and if your home does not have one or if you have an old dishwasher, you should consider purchasing a new one because this type of convenience will dramatically improve the retail value of your home.
In fact, you can be sure that anyone that has had a dishwasher will not want to go back to washing their dishes by hand. When choosing a new dishwasher, be sure to look for one that is eco-friendly.
It is commonplace for home buyers to run the water in the sinks, showers, and tubs when viewing a home. A slow-emptying drain can be a major deterrent as it is usually not clear what the problem is.
Because a slow drain can simply be either the result of buildup, which is an easy fix, or the result of a more expensive issue, it is important to always have clear drains. Clear drains add value to your home because it is indicative of an overall healthy plumbing system.
7. Double sinks
If your bathroom or kitchen allows for the installation of a double sink, you should seriously consider this upgrade. In addition to being very popular, it will help to market your home to larger families as larger families need extra space to accommodate everyone’s needs as they compete for the sink to brush their teeth, put on makeup, or wash extra-large pans after a family meal.
Furthermore, a double sink will increase the pool of potential buyers as many families will pass on a kitchen or bathroom with smaller sinks.
8. Old pipes
If you decide to completely renovate your bathroom or kitchen, you should consider replacing the old piping as new piping is an excellent selling point for potential buyers. New pipes mean buyers will face no plumbing issues and will likely be able to not worry about the pipes when they, too, go to sell their home.