Are you currently scouring the market for your dream home? Don’t forget that some of the most important aspects of a home can’t be seen during a typical open house. Case in point — your plumbing.
Especially for those of you who are first-time homeowners, here are four plumbing systems you should have inspected before signing on the dotted line.
1. Water heaters
The first thing you’ll want to do is check how old the water heater is. If it’s more than 10 years old, ask the homeowner to replace it for you or to lower the price of the house, since you’ll have to buy a new one soon. You should also consider where the water heater is located in the house. Water heaters should be easily accessible and stored safely away from clothes and carpeting. If you think the water heater is leaking or is stored improperly, have your local plumber stop by for an inspection.
It’s common among homeowners to neglect a leak at the base of a toilet because they don’t think of it as being a big deal. But before you know it, the finished hardwood floor you feel in love with will begin to rot — a type of damage that’s nearly impossible to fix. Buying a house is a huge investment, so make sure you check each toilet thoroughly.
3. Main sewer line
If the house’s main sewer line is deteriorating, you may want to think twice about buying it. At the very least, you should ask for a several thousand dollar reduction in the sale price. However, if you’re in the market for a fixer-upper, this could be a great opportunity to get a house at an inexpensive price. But it’s important that you fix the sewer line first, before doing anything else.
Showers may be the most inexpensive and easily fixable item on our list, but that doesn’t mean they’re something you can forget about. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can run the shower for a minute or two during an open house. While running the shower, pay attention to how fast the water heats up and the water pressure. A good force indicates a well-functioning plumbing system and vice versa.
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