Do you have a rental property (either for summer, seasonal or year-round rental)?
If you, there are some pre-rental jobs that need to be done. Weather stripping, winterizing your doors and windows, cleaning and, most of all, plumbing.
Why Your Plumbing Needs an Overhaul
The old days of simply renting your home as-is are over. Renters now use the internet and realtors to find the best places for their money. They are much more savvy than they were just a few years ago.
Plumbing problems will be inspected and found. It is much easier and a whole lot cheaper to have your own plumber do the inspection, find and then fix any issues before you try to rent the home.
Here are the four biggest problems they will encounter and why they need to be fixed”
Leaks or breaks in your pipes can remain hidden if they are located in the walls or floor of your home. In basements and crawl spaces are other good hiding spots for leakage.
But, the longer the leak continues, the bigger the damages. Flooding will cause damage to your walls, floor, and basement. These can be a nightmare to fix and are almost always very expensive. Other
Other leaks are more easily seen. Under your kitchen or bathroom sink are the most common areas. This will wet the wood underneath and can lead to unhealthy mold growth. Mold is a huge red flag and can make renting your home almost impossible.
2. Clogs in Your Drains
Bathroom, tub, shower, and kitchen sink clogs can cause damage to your plumbing. Clogs make water flow impossible and create pressure in your pipes. Pressure leads to bursting and leaks.
Same goes for your basement drains. They can all get clogged with dirt, debris and soap or food residue. Smart renters will run your faucets for a while to see if they drain slowly or not at all.
3. New Faucets
This one is a little more optional. But, if you want to get top dollar for your rental, go with new or updated faucets in your kitchen and bathroom. Old faucets make your home look dated and can turn potential renters off.