Buying a Property? Here’s a Plumbing Checklist

Buying a property is an exciting, but often overwhelming process. This is regardless if it’s your first of fifth time. There’s no denying that purchasing property is probably one of, if not the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime.

So, it’s important to make sure you’re well-equipped with the knowledge of what you’re getting into before settlement date.

As part of the final inspection, make sure you’re checking the plumbing systems thoroughly, and asking any questions that you may have.

Read more from the Perth plumber team at Superior Plumbing for your property purchasing plumbing checklist.


What to expect and inspect

The purpose of a final inspection is where buyers are encouraged to inspect the property to ensure the seller has complied with their obligations under the contract.

In terms of the property’s plumbing inspections, this is what to inspect:

  1. Faucets, sinks and bathtubs to ensure no unexplained water dripping. If there’s water dripping, this could very well be signalling pipe leaks.
  2. Cracks in the shower, refrigerators, sinks and toilets. This could lead to discolouration and indicate possible leaks somewhere within the plumbing systems.
  3. Check the consistency of the water pressure in the bathtub, shower(s), kitchen and laundry sinks.
  4. Make a note of how long it takes for the water to get warm. Inspect and ask about the water heating system. When was it installed? Is it gas or electric? Their lifespan should ideally be between 8 and 12 years.
  5. Flush the toilets. Do the flush valves work well? Does it run too long?
  6. Check bathroom and laundry walls, are there any stains or unpleasant smells?
  7. Ask if the property has a sewer system, and if it does, ask for a copy of the current sewerage pipes plan.

If any of the above are ringing alarm bells for you, it’s definitely worth calling a Melville plumber for sound advice and to conduct a plumber’s own inspection.

A professional fix now, will save you a lot of hassle in the future. Prior to settlement, you’ll likely be able to negotiate the terms and have the seller arrange all necessary plumbing fixes.


Plumbing maintenance down the track

The reality of a home needing plumbing repairs shouldn’t necessarily impact whether you buy or not. Minor plumbing issues that can easily fixed are actually present in many homes.

Worn out pipes in older residences and character homes are inevitable.

At the end of the day, going ahead with the purchase is solely your decision.

Talk to a professional Melville plumber about any concerns you have on the scale of plumbing issues that may have presented themselves in your property inspection.


Superior Plumbing are here for you

Superior Plumbing are who to call when it comes to residential plumbing in Perth.

Whether you’re buying a new property or have just moved into a new home, our Perth plumber team can inspect and help you understand any plumbing warning signs and problems that may eventuate in the future.

We’ll of course, rectify, fix and solve all your plumbing problems, emergencies and carry out routine maintenance, too.


Need plumbing repairs or maintenance?

Contact Superior Plumbing today for fast, friendly and efficient Perth plumber to your property at your service.