Plumbing & Inspection: Preparing Your Kansas City Home For Sale

Plumbing & Inspection: Preparing Your Kansas City Home For Sale

If you're considering the purchase of a new home in Kansas City, there's more to selling your old home than simply finding the right buyer. In order to ensure your current home sells as quickly as possible, it's important to make sure it's in the best possible condition for the new buyer. This involves having your home inspected, a daunting prospect if you have plumbing issues, electrical problems, a leak in the roof, or other issues that need to be addressed before your home is shown to potential buyers by a real estate agent.

The truth is, some homes really are a money pit. When this is the case, a home will sit on the market forever - and if it does sell, the seller won't get a fraction of the price he or she would have received had the house been in great condition. If you know your home has plumbing issues, you'll want to correct the problems before your home is inspected. Why? Realtors advise buyers to have a home inspection done, and most buyers listen to their agents. If repairs need to be made, it's going to cost the buyer; this could result in the loss of a potential sale.

Possible Plumbing Issues

You can be sure professional home inspectors will delve into every nick and cranny in your home, including all of the components of your plumbing system. Inspectors are trained to find issues you may not even be aware of, as some problems aren't so obvious.

Here's what you need to look for when trying to sell your older home:

Pipe issues - Broken pipes, those manufactured of polybutylene which are now banned from use in U.S. households, rust around pipes, and other obvious signs of problems. Certain pipes are designed to be used in specific applications. For instance, polyethylene pipes are strictly for use in main water turn-off valves and water pressure tanks.

Leakage issues - As a homeowner, you'll likely notice signs of a water leak. Common indications include rotting wood or dark stains around pipes, the development of fungus, mold, or mildew often related to broken pipes in the floor or ceiling, etc. Home inspectors specifically look for signs of leaks or water damage, and if they find it, you will face a citation or write-up.

Cross-connection issues - The water meant for consumption in your household could be contaminated, or the initial (city) water source could be contaminated by products used in your home such as shampoos, soaps, hair dye, etc. How? It's fairly simple. Should the city's main water pipe break in a location that's lower than the pipe that filters water into a home, contamination can occur due to backflow. Kansas City homeowners should be aware of connection areas so that any cross connection problems can be repaired; a reputable, licensed plumber in Kansas City can determine where the issue is, and make any necessary repairs.

When it comes to a home inspection and addressing plumbing issues before the fact, is there anything you can take care of yourself? In some cases, you may be able to make minor repairs. However, do-it-yourself solutions such as using duct tape to cover a crack or hole in a leaking pipe may result in a write-up because of an inadequate repair.

Ultimately, if you intend to buy a new home and know you have plumbing problems that will be revealed during the course of a home inspection, it's best to hire trusted Kansas City plumbers who will ensure all issues are discovered and properly repaired.

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