Home warranty plans can pay off for people when they want to sell their houses. It can help instill a sense of confidence in potential buyers by offering protection against vital systems like water heaters and heating systems.

However, people who plan to sell their homes should take some steps of their own. Here are a couple of things to watch for in order to get a house ready for the market:

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Walls and Ceilings

When it comes to walls and ceilings, the most important things to look for are mold and water damage. If any signs of water damage appear, it could indicate far greater problems within a house.

Water damage could be caused by a leak in the roof or melting ice and snow. It could also result from a malfunctioning water heater, clothes washer or other appliance. Signs include the following:

• Stains or discolored areas

• Peeling, bubbling or cracking paint and/or wallpaper

• Strange odors (could be the result of mildew and mold)

• Pooling water

Ceilings that show signs of water damage are an especially serious issue. Not only could they sag and collapse, they could be a symptom of greater structural damage.

If a homeowner sees water damage on the walls or ceilings of their house, they should consult a professional. They might need to have their walls and/or ceiling and other parts of the house inspected and repaired before they can sell the property.

Also, a homeowner could avoid problems like these in the first place with a comprehensive home warranty. The best home warranties will allow people to keep their homes’ systems and appliances in good working order. As a result of this, they can help prevent water damage and other problems from arising at all.

Plumbing

On a related note, it is also important to inspect the plumbing of a home too before trying to sell. Test all the drains and check pipes for leaks. Also, run the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms both to test the water pressure and to find any clogs.

Some common signs of plumbing leaks include:

• Loose tiles or curling flooring by a bathtub or shower

• Standing water on a floor immediately after a shower or bath

• Stains on ceiling under a shower

• Water seeping out at the base of a toilet

Here are some possible ways to fix problems like these:

• Seal leaking shower frames with caulk

• Reinstall a leaking toilet with a new wax ring (if the leak is caused by a flange leak)

• Tighten the ring nut that connects the shower pan and drain (if possible)

The Home Service Club offers comprehensive home warranties that help clients maintain their homes. The company’s service contractors can perform maintenance on important systems and appliances while a home is on the market. This ensures that homeowners do not lose a potential sale due to a poorly timed system failure.

About The Home Service Club

The Home Service Club is a leading provider of Texas home warranty plans. The company also offers comprehensive home warranties and related services in 48 other states.

For additional information, visit Hscwarranty.com