Driving around my local service area of Torquay, Jan Juc and Anglesea, you can tell that spring has sprung. As we head into the warmer months, along with colourful armies of springtime flowers, you’ll see plenty of ‘For Sale’ signs popping up along every street.
Yep, here on the South Coast, we’re heading into prime selling season. If you’re working towards putting your house on the market soon, then take note: I’m about to offer you some solid home plumbing advice to help you increase the value of your property.
In fact, even if you’re not looking to sell right away, it still helps to know what projects will get you the best return on your plumbing investment. That way, if you decide to sell your home in the future, you can feel confident that you’ve got the key plumbing areas covered.
So, let’s go…
Three steps to increasing the value of your home
When preparing your home for sale, there are three main areas that, as an experienced plumber, I suggest you focus on:
One: Fix up all those niggly existing plumbing jobs first
Savvy potential home buyers will be going over your property with a fine-tooth comb, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve located and fixed every tricky tap, leaky pipe and every patch of water damage that may hint at a bigger plumbing problem.
While you might be able to live with the odd plumbing quirk, these are often red flags for anyone inspecting your property and may well put potential buyers off making an offer.
Your best bet is to have your home inspected by your local plumber. It takes an experienced eye to spot every necessary repair – plus they can sniff out those plumbing issues waiting to happen. By giving your whole plumbing system a tune up, they’ll leave it running more efficiently, likely increasing the value (and appeal) of your home.
Step two: bring your bathroom into the modern-day era
That original bathroom (or twenty-year-old renovation) is certain to look a bit tired to fresh eyes. But even beyond a much-needed facelift, you also need to make sure that any wear and tear, including nasty surprise blockages or leaks, are taken care of.
Bathrooms are one of the main selling points of any home, so updating them will always be money well spent. The great news is that you can make small improvements (even on a budget) that will have a positive impact on your final selling price.
Consult with your experienced local plumber to find out what updates have worked well for other sellers in your area.
Step three: upgrade your kitchen
Your kitchen is arguably the most important area to upgrade in terms of selling your house. It’s the centre stage for family life and, with the recent trend for open plan living, often the social and entertainment hub of your home.
It is also incidentally an extremely high-traffic area; over the years, the plumbing can really take a beating. It’s really important, therefore, to have a plumber look it over to make sure that all fixtures and fittings operate smoothly.
More than one home has been bought on the strength of the kitchen so, if budget allows, investing a little extra on sprucing it up is a smart investment in increasing your home’s overall appeal. This should drive a little more competition amongst bidders come auction day.
Contact Franklin Plumbing to help you prepare your home for sale today
For plumbing repairs, bathroom updates and kitchen upgrades, contact Franklin Plumbing. Because we service all locations from Geelong, Torquay, Anglesea and Jan Juc, through to Aireys inlet, Fairhaven and Lorne, no matter where you are on the Surf Coast, you can be sure a Franklin plumber is never far away.