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Fall and early winter is the best time to prepare your home’s plumbing for the coming cold temperatures ahead. As the weather begins to cool off, it would be a good idea to establish some good plumbing habits to protect your home. Here are a few things that you should do to prepare for the change in seasons:
Basement Drain Pipes Can Clog
Outside Taps Can Freeze
Hot Water Heaters Need Servicing
Kitchen Drains Get Filled With Food Debris
So that’s our list of fall & early winter plumbing tips for the residential home owner. If anything happens that makes you feel like you are in over your heads – that’s when it’s recommended that you call a professional. A skilled and well trained plumber has already experienced all the things that can go wrong – even when you undertaking what at first might appear to be a relatively simple plumbing task. They have the knowledge, confidence and tools to remedy any plumbing issue. Plumbers also often deal with propane and gas appliances, and for items like these that have big safety issues – for your own and your family’s peace of mind – some tasks, repairs and maintenance are best not done by yourself.
Most sellers are aware that repairs around their home can help their home to sell faster and perhaps for even more money, but it can be confusing to determine exactly which repairs
will provide you with the largest return while eliminating other improvements that may not provide much benefit.
When considering home improvements in order to sell your home it is important to keep several factors in mind that can affect how much of a return you receive on repairs. These factors include:
Other homes on the market
State of the local real estate market
Where the home is located
Time of year
Keep in mind that every home and every market is different. Obviously, if there is some part of your home that is in great disrepair and is an eyesore, it would behoove you to take
care of that matter as promptly as possible in order to make sure it does not turn off buyers.
In general; however, there are some features which may help to boost your profits more quickly than others.
Even if your floors are not in disrepair, replacing them could prove to be a financial advantage when selling your home. If your home already has hardwood flooring but they are covered by carpeting, consider having the carpeting removed and the floors refinished. Hard wood floors are tremendously popular with buyers right now.
Walls and Ceilings
If you have lived in your home for awhile you may have grown accustomed to the walls and ceilings and as a result you may not have noticed cracks in the ceiling and stains on the walls. You can be certain that buyers most certainly will notice; however. You can easily combat these problems by having the walls and the ceilings freshly repainted. Cracks can be easily repaired with the fiberglass tape and joint compound then touched up with paint. When painting your walls and ceilings, do make sure you stick with neutral colors and avoid anything that might turn off a buyer.
A number of homes today still have wood paneling left over from decades ago. While it was popular at the time, that is no longer true today. The good news is that wood paneling can be removed or painted.
The same is also true of textured ceilings. ‘Popcorn’ ceilings were wildly popular a couple of decades ago, especially the kind with sparkles. Today; however, buyers know that these types of ceilings can contain asbestos. Make a point to get rid of textured ceilings and then repaint.
Improvements in the Kitchen
The kitchen can be one of the most important areas in which to focus improvements and repairs. In fact, it is often said that a kitchen can sell a home on its own. Two areas to give attention are cabinets and appliances. If the cabinets are in poor condition and the appliances are outdated and/or do not work, you will need to replace them. This can be a large expenditure; however, it is important to keep in mind that kitchen repairs and remodels can provide nearly a 100% return on investment. You need not go to the high-end route; however. Even a minor kitchen remodel can provide excellent returns.
If you simply cannot afford a complete makeover or your cabinets and counter tops are in fairly good condition, you can still upgrade your kitchen without spending a ton of money. For example, with cabinets you can resurface them for less money than installing new cabinets. Another option would be to simply repaint them and install new hardware.
The Exterior of your Home
Curb appeal is tremendously important to buyers so it is always important to make sure that your home looks attractive and well-maintained from the exterior as well. Options to give your home a boost include:
Repairing and painting fences
Patching cracks in sidewalks
Of course, if the roof is in disrepair, it is also a good idea to consider having it repaired or replaced as well. This is another area that could be costly; however, a roof that is
in poor condition will most certainly drive buyers away rather than invite them in to see all of the wonderful interior features of your home.
Considering the number of homes currently available on the market from which buyers can choose, sellers can do well by considering steps needed to give their home a fresh, modern and well-maintained appearance.