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Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, use it as backing for a loan or even just rest a little easier knowing you maximize the value of your home, upgrading some of its features is one of the easiest and most long-lasting ways to increase the value of your Brandon, FL property. There is a bevy of upgrades you can start thinking about, but some that should certainly top your list are plumbing upgrades. They are effective at not only sprucing up the look of your home, but making it much more habitable.
Depending on the current state of your plumbing fixtures, there are several directions you can take with improving your home. A plumber will be better able to advise you on what upgrades are really worth installing once they have made a visit, but these five tend to be the most sought-after.
1. Modernized Pipes
Galvanized pipes have been out of vogue for a while now so if you still have those in your plumbing system, it’s time to start considering an upgrade. Not only are galvanized pipes likelier to give you troubles with constantly failing and needing lots of effort to maintain, they also present some quality of life problems. For instance, they are highly susceptible to internal corrosion. That puts them at risk of bursting and it also means you will be getting water with an unpleasant and metallic taste.
2. Bathroom Appliances
If you are planning to increase the value of your home so it can fetch a better price on the property market, you might have already realized that potential buyers will be interested in seeing the bathrooms. If, on the other hand, your plumbing upgrades are just for you, a bathroom with newer and better appliances can significantly add to the overall experience of living in your home.
Things to consider with these kinds of upgrades typically include your bathtubs, showers, sinks and toilets. Bringing these appliances up to date refreshes the whole feel of your home, adding to its appeal, perceived value and actual value. For you, in the immediate term, it also means added comfort. Getting a professional to see where your bathroom appliances can be improved is a worthwhile move.
3. Repairing the Drains
Though easy to forget until something goes wrong, your drains are an essential part of your home. When looking to improve both the overall quality of your home and, consequently, its value, remember to have a plumber check if the drains are in the best condition.
Besides just checking the current condition of the drains, it’s important to keep in mind that they need to be inspected every so often. In the bathrooms, you are likely to have build-ups of hair and detergent if you are not carrying out regular maintenance. In the kitchen, it’s the same story but with grease and leftovers.
If your drains are outdated, you can significantly reduce the amount of maintenance needed in one fell swoop. Simply upgrade to quality PVC pipes and there will be far fewer chances of future blockages. This takes away a lot of headaches you might experience while living in your Brandon, FL home while at the same time boosting its value.
4. Water Heater
Without a water heater, the comfort in your home takes a significant downturn, along with its value. This makes it essential to continually ensure that your water heater is in good working order. If it’s a little on the old side, you’re better off calling a plumber to install one that’s more in line with modern times and trends.
Unlike the other plumbing fixtures on your list, your water heater needs to be compatible with various aspects of your home. These include your electrical connections, other plumbing utilities and simply the size of the property. Before taking out a catalog to start selecting a new water heater, you should get in touch with a plumber first so you can get more details about what considerations are most important for you to take into account. This will help you narrow down your search and find a water heater that both suits the needs of your households and drives up the value of your home.
5. An Additional Bathroom
It’s a big upgrade to consider and have a plumber install in your home, but the upshot it provides to the value of your home certainly makes it worth it. Not only does it enhance the value just by being there, but a second bathroom gives you the opportunity to add extra character to your home and add to its perceived value. You can make your additional bathroom slightly different to the ones you already have, giving your home more personality that you can enjoy yourself or use to catch the eye of a potential buyer. A plumber can give you helpful pointers on what fittings you can install to your extra bathroom if you are feeling a little stuck.
An extra bathroom presents more opportunities to get creative. For example, you can install a luxury feature such as a whirlpool tub, giving you more ways to feel comfortable in your home while at the same time significantly ramping up its value. Heated flooring is another great feature that your plumber might suggest. Your plumber might be able to give you more information on what additions will be best for increasing the value of your home. For example, steam showers are generally thought to have health benefits, so installing one in a new bathroom is often a good idea.
If you have been keeping an eye on the value and you would like to see it go up, taking a look at your plumbing and how you can improve it is a good place to start. Call us at Drain Flo Plumbing and one of our plumbers will get to work on helping you drive up the price and comfort of your home.