It’s a seller’s market right now and many homeowners are considering selling their home. Depending on how old your home is, plumbing upgrades could help increase its overall value and sell quickly. Here are a few plumbing upgrades to consider.
- Modern Pipes
Older homes may have galvanized, lead, clay, or cast iron pipes, which are at risk of corrosion and damage. Corroding pipes can affect the quality of the water, leading to bad taste and increased health risk. Corrosion can also block pipes or cause them to burst.
Clay pipes are highly fragile and likely to break easily. Lead pipes are a serious health risk, and cast iron will corrode over time.
A good alternative is copper pipes for the water supply and PVC for waste outlets. PEX pipes are especially popular, due to ease of installation, flexibility, and cost effectiveness.
- Modern Faucets
Pull-out faucets are highly versatile and have become a staple in modern kitchens. You could also upgrade to a deep dual-basin kitchen sink to increase functionality and space. Prospective buyers want their kitchen to be capable of handling holiday cooking and family reunions, and the depth of dual-basin sinks makes it easy to wash large pots and pans.
- Efficient Water Heater
Old water heaters may not have the capacity to serve large households and may be prone to breakdowns.
Upgrading to a tankless water heater could also help declutter a smaller property. When shopping for a new water heater, here are a few things to consider:
- Tank or tankless
- Fuel type
- Size and profile
- First Hour Rating (FHR), how much hot water is produced within the first hour of use
- Energy efficiency
- Upgraded Laundry Room
A laundry room is a must-have for modern homes and keeps washing and ironing in a separate space. Smaller laundry rooms can stack appliances to make more room for storage.
- Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures
Energy Star-rated appliances are preferred by eco-conscious home buyers. When shopping for faucets or toilets, look for an efficiency rating. Dual-flush toilets, for example, use gravity to remove waste from the system and don’t require as much water as standard toilets.
If you have any questions about plumbing upgrades or would like additional recommendations, give us a call!