Why Real Estate Transactions Need Plumbing InspectionsApril 18, 2018 10:30 am
These days, home inspections are an integral part of any real estate transaction. As this is the best way to determine the value of the property, a proper inspection should examine various parts of the building’s infrastructure. This includes the plumbing system, which is generally considered to be one of the most important home components.
A plumbing inspection should reveal how well the system is working, whether any parts need to be serviced or replaced, and how long those parts can endure before suffering a failure. It’s a task that’s best left to professionals, which is why most home inspectors contract a licensed plumber like Coastline Environmental Solutions to assess the property.
Why is a plumbing inspection so important? For starters, buying a home with a poor plumbing system means you’ll have to shell out a significant amount of money for repairs. Unfortunately, many new homeowners don’t bother with a plumbing inspection until after they’ve bought the house. Needless to say, adding the plumbing repair costs on top of the sale costs could result in a major hit on your wallet.
Even if you’re planning to sell the house you’ve just bought sometime in the future, you’ll still have to repair or replace the plumbing system. The vast majority of potential homeowners will opt to schedule a plumbing inspection before signing on the dotted line, which will probably make it hard for you to attain the asking price.
Let’s say you’re buying a house — what should you want your plumbing inspection to look like? In short: video footage. The plumbing inspector of your choice can take pictures and capture video footage of everything inside the house’s pipes and drains. This data should be converted into files that you’ll be able to use at your convenience, which will help you and the appraiser come to an agreement.
Of course, a proper plumbing inspection is about more than just checking the pipes and drains. A professional plumber will also take a look at heaters, waterlines, as well as any other plumbing fixtures or appliances, from toilets to sprinkler valves. These inspections are particularly important if you’re buying a house in Southern California, considering the seismic activity in this area.
In case the inspection identifies an issue with the home’s plumbing system, you’ll have to make a decision regarding sealing the deal. If you’re dealing with a major issue, it might in your best interest to walk away from the property. On the other hand, you will have an upper hand in renegotiating the final sales price. In either case, a plumbing inspection will provide a clear picture of what you’re getting into.
If you are in the market to buy a home or if you thinking about selling your home, please get in contact with our team at Coastline Environmental Solutions. Our expert plumbers can properly inspect the state of your plumbing and inform you of its actual condition. Get in touch today!
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]