Selling a Home After a Check Up and Plumbing Inspection

August 9, 2012 - Updated: August 9, 2012

Every year people plan to list their home on the real estate market for sale, but after discovering that they have some water issues, mainly plumbing, they rethink their idea.  This doesn’t have to be the case, as often plumbing problems can be avoided by having a plumbing check up every few years, or if at any time you suspect something in your home is leaking, or you see signs of water damage on ceilings or walls.

Often the homeowner themselves can fix the small problems that arise around the house like replacing the wax seal on the toilet flange, although when it comes to more complicated repairs you are probably way better off asking for plumbing inspections, estimations by licensed plumbers.  By having these highly trained professionals in to check your plumbing and fixtures, you can find any small problems and repair them before a prospective buyer comes to look at your home.

If you cannot afford a licensed plumber to do the work, then be sure that you personally inspect the following things in your home including all faucets to ensure they do not drip, all drains are flowing clearlyand quickly, under cabinets to ensure no water damage, watch for rust corrosion on any piping, and to ensure that each seal that is in place to prevent moisture leakage is in good repair.  

Plus if you have a garbage disposal, dishwasher, or air conditioning system, ensure that they are all working properly and have a clean smell surrounding them.  A little drain deodorizer goes a long way when it comes to making your home smell fresh.

So when it comes to selling a home, it is always good to remember that although you may not be able to have a plumbing inspection and repairs completed by a licensed plumber, your prospective buyer is sure to have the money and the desire to have a home inspector come out and point out everything you missed repairing, when hiring a licensed plumber could have guaranteed your sale.


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