Plumbing Fixture Upgrades and Resale

Upgraded kitchen faucet - Guelph Real Estate BlogIf you’re in the process of getting your Guelph home ready for sale, you might consider updating some of your plumbing fixtures – you know… taps, faucets, shower heads, toilets and more. These upgrades can often be made fairly easily and economically and they tend to be noticed by discerning home buyers.

A few guidelines to consider:

  1. Prioritize broken items. If you’ve got a fixture that isn’t working properly, repair or replace it. Items in disrepair are a big turn-off for home buyers and if you think people won’t notice your leaky faucet, think again. And even if they miss it, a qualified home inspector is bound to identify problems. It’s better to head such issues off at the pass and repair broken items before listing your Guelph home for sale.
  2. Replace fixtures for high impact. Kitchens and bathrooms are huge selling features in a home, but prioritize even further when choosing where to spend your dollars. An upgraded kitchen sink and faucet will probably be noticed more and greater appreciated by buyers, versus a new set of taps in a spare bathroom, for example.
  3. Don’t overspend. Replacing plumbing can be a fairly low cost way to add value to your home, but as with so many aspects of home upgrades, it’s easy to overspend. Remember, you’re selling your Guelph home, not living in it forever. Look for good deals and spend an amount that makes sense in the context of your home’s overall value.
  4. Install items properly. If you are handy with plumbing, that’s great. Many fixtures are relatively simple to replace. Others can be much more complicated and are best left to those with the know-how, such as licensed plumbers. (I can help if you need a referral to a Guelph plumber.)

Please feel free to contact me for more information about ways to prepare your Guelph home for sale.

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