What You Need to Know: Private Water Wells

If you have a water well in your home or you are considering buying a home with a well there are some things you need to know. When purchasing a home with a well the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends an initial water quality test. The test should include coliform, bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and pH. Additional recommendations for well testing include arsenic, lead, copper, radon, a gross alpha screen, and volatile organic compounds. While living in the home the well should be tested annually.

If the home has a water treatment system, a test should be done on both the raw water coming into the house before the treatment system and after the water has passed through the treatment system. This will identify contaminants in the water and ensure the treatment system is functioning properly.

If the home is being financed with an FHA or VA loan, the lender will most likely require a well test. The FHA Scan tests for coliform, lead, nitrates and nitrites. Prospective buyers should also hire an independent professional to have the water tested at a state certified lab. For more information on drinking water quality standards, visit EPA’s website: www.epa.gov/safewater.

In addition to a well quality water test, the mechanical workings of the water system should also be inspected also known as a quantity test. The pump, pressure tank, water treatment system, condition of the area around the well, and the well’s proximity to potential contamination sources will all be examined.

Simple Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Want to boost your home’s value? Completing home improvement projects enables you to do just that, as you can perform these tasks regularly to maximize the value of your residence.

So which home improvement projects should you prioritize? Here’s a closer look at three important home improvement tasks that every home seller should consider:

1. Painting the walls.

Picking up a can of paint and various paint supplies ensures you can revitalize the walls in any room of your home instantly.

Over an extended period of time, the paint on your home’s walls may start to chip or peel. However, adding a fresh coat or paint (or two) to your residence’s walls serves as an inexpensive way to transform bland, unattractive walls into visually appealing ones.

Devoting even a few hours to paint the walls of your home can help you boost your home’s value. And ultimately, your new paint job may allow you to receive multiple offers at or above your asking price, too.

2. Installing a water filtration system.

Does your kitchen have a water filtration system? If not, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your residence’s value.

A water filtration system offers multiple benefits, as it ensures a homebuyer won’t necessarily have to worry about buying bottled water if he or she purchases your residence. Plus, this system is one of many features that may help differentiate your home from others in a highly competitive real estate market, thus making your residence that much more appealing to homebuyers.

Installing a water filtration usually is fast and easy as well. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about breaking your home improvement budget to complete this project.

3. Cleaning up the front lawn.

High grass and weeds will damage your home’s curb appeal and may significantly reduce your chances of a quick sale. On the other hand, spending some time mowing the lawn, raking leaves and performing other essential front lawn care tasks can deliver long-lasting benefits.

A clean front lawn likely is one of the first things a homebuyer will notice about your home. And home sellers who are committed to maintaining a pristine front lawn can improve their home’s value and their chances of a quick sale.

Also, maintaining your front lawn can be easy if you spend even an hour per day performing yard work. Or for those who want to avoid lawn work altogether, professional landscapers typically are available that can keep your front lawn in great shape until your home sells.

As a home seller, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to up your home’s value before you add your home to the real estate market. And with any of the aforementioned home improvement projects, you’ll be better equipped to boost the value of your home quickly and efficiently.

Stay focused on increasing your home’s value consistently and keeping your residence in excellent shape. By doing so, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on the prize – maximizing your home’s value and selling your residence to the highest bidder.