How Re-Piping Can Improve a Home’s Value
When you are looking at buying a new home or selling one the piping is one thing to look at. Builders use different types when piping a home. Some may use PVC, galvanized steel, or copper. The copper pipes are the better choice. PVC can freeze and break, galvanized steel pipes rust, and copper doesn’t do either of these. Either one you choose re-piping is a quality to look into before putting your current home on the market or purchasing a new one.
If the home has new piping then it can almost be guaranteed that there is no rust in the clean water lines. If the piping isn’t new you could be taking a rust bath without knowing it. The PVC piping could be getting weak and cause a water line to break. You don’t want in the middle of winter a water line bursting due to old piping. Home buyers want to move right in and not worry about immediate maintenance. It is beneficial to the new buyers to pay the extra, for a higher value home, than to begin repairs before moving in or immediately after.
When you re-pipe your home or purchasing a home that has been re-piped the fixtures are not always changed, just the pipes themselves. The value of the home goes up because there is new plumbing in what could be a twenty year old house. This gives it at least in one area a new status. There are many plumbers that specialize in re-piping. Talk to friends and look into other avenues to find someone that specializes in re-piping and have them look at your piping to see if this could benefit you in selling your home. If you are on the other end of the spectrum they could tell you if the home needs to be re-piped.
This could help you in the decision of purchasing the home. Also, you could have the sellers come down on the price he or she is asking due to the issue of needing the home re-piped. The piping could bring the value up or bring it down.