Take a close look at these mandate mechanical features:

• electrical boxes and wiring • natural gas lines • plumbing • central heating and air conditioning system

If these components of your home are old, outdated, or not working properly, then you’re automatically lowering your home’s price significantly. According to the NAR, 65 percent of home buyers surveyed were very concerned with whether a new home had a working central air system. Of the 31 mechanical features inquired about in the survey, this was the most important one—across the board. Home buyers want to own a home that’s both safe and sound. Faulty electrical systems don’t provide a feeling of safety. Leaky plumbing arouses mold suspicions. A weak lock system creates anxiety about security. These areas aren’t necessarily entertaining, or fun to fix, but they’re necessary. Overlook these areas in the preparation stage, and you run the risk of trouble later with inspections and appraisals.

Certainly, professionals should do most of the mechanical work:

• Have a certified plumber inspect your entire water system for leaks, and any signs of molding around the plumbing connections. Make sure all of the angle stoppers and other connectors are not too old and look rusted; • Hire an electrician to check your wiring and electrical box


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