Get Your House Ready to Sell – HVAC and Plumbing Tips
If you’ve decided to sell your home, you know that in order to go for top dollar on the market, you need to get your place in good shape. Many homebuyers are looking for move-in ready properties that they don’t have to invest in. Massachusetts requires you to disclose any repair issues to potential buyers, who will probably ask you to fix them anyway.
So what repairs do you need to make to get the most money for your real estate listing? We break it down for you.
HVAC systems are often one of a homebuyer’s main priorities. Heating and cooling costs make up more than half of a home’s energy costs, so buyers want the most efficient, effective HVAC systems available.
Before you decide to sell your house, make sure your HVAC systems are in great condition. This includes:
- Yearly maintenance and tune-ups
- Changing air filters
- Keeping outdoor unite clear of dirt and debris
- Installing a programmable thermostat
- Finding and fixing window and door drafts
If you do these simple things, your heating and cooling systems should be in excellent condition by the time you want to put your house up on the market.
If you have been neglecting your HVAC unit or simply have an old system, you may need to install a new one. This certainly is a one-time expense, but adds much more value to your home.
Most potential homebuyers will look into your house’s plumbing system. They may ask about leaks, water damage, and old pipes.
Water damage is a sign that your house has leaks, holes, and entryways for water, the cold, and even unwelcome critters! That’s why potential buyers will look for water damage and most likely request that you fix these issues before the sale goes through. They may also be wary of old plumbing systems because, as they age, pipes become more likely to burst–causing expensive damage to home and property.
You may be able to fix some small plumbing problems yourself, like replacing a washer or tightening some bolts. But if you have more extensive plumbing repairs to do, like replacing pipes or fixing clogged drains, you should call a professional plumber.
A broken or inefficient water heater is a red flag for many prospective homebuyers. Corrosion or scale can cause an inefficient water heater. Depending on how severe corrosion is, you may even need to buy a new water heater. Typically, homeowners will ask for a new water heater if your current system has visible corrosion and is more than 8 years old.
Luckily, a new, efficient water heater will make your home very attractive to potential buyers, and will increase its value!
Need to get your home ready to sell?
Whether you need to fix faulty plumbing, get a new heater, tune-up your HVAC system or install an entirely new system before your house goes on the market, call Evolved Mechanical. Our experienced technicians will help you get your house in a perfect shape so it sells quickly at a good price.
Make an appointment for a consultation today!