As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
You may not have the budget or time for a full bathroom remodel, but if you are planning to sell your home this summer, there are a few minor bathroom repairs and upgrades that can help. The following are three simple and relatively inexpensive bathroom projects that can improve the value of your home.
1. Upgrade the Fixtures
Outdated faucets and showerheads can make a bathroom appear plain at best and dirty and worn-out at worst. As for toilets and sinks, cracks and chips can ruin the look of your bathroom. Old faucets with flaking chrome, corrosion, or mildew stuck inside the fake "crystal" tap handles or those that have developed leaks are also problematic. Fortunately, there are a lot of wonderful, budget-friendly fixtures available. A plumber can help you choose options within your budget and then they can install them quickly. In some cases, you may not even need to replace your fixtures — faucet leaks can often be repaired at minimal cost, and chips in porcelain can also sometimes be repairable.
2. Recaulk Where Necessary
Old caulk that is discolored, mildew stained, or peeling is ugly and it can lead to leaks around the plumbing fixtures that depend on the caulk. You are most likely to find caulk around the sink, tub, or shower pan, or it may be used around wall mounted soap holders and similar. Fortunately, old caulk can quickly be scraped out and replaced with fresh caulking. Your plumber can attend to this task when they arrive to upgrade any outdated fixtures in the bathroom. Recaulking can also be a DIY project, although it does take some practice to master the best technique.
3. Fix Leak Damage
Any leaks in your pipes or slow drains need to be addressed before you list your home for sale. Even a small leak, such as from a dripping faucet or beneath the undersink trap, can be a red flag to potential buyers. However, hiring a plumber and fixing the leak isn't enough. You should also fix any visible damage from the leaks, such as peeling or bubbling paint, water stains, or damaged cabinet wood. For many potential home buyers, spotting any signs of a past leak can lead to the decision that your home is not worth the risk.
Contact a plumber at a company like Windy City Rooter Inc in your area for more assistance when it comes to preparing your home's bathroom for the real estate market.