Should You Replace Your HVAC System If You're Selling Your Home
If you are ready to sell your home, you have probably taken the time and effort to improve its curb appeal and may have even painted a few walls and made some home improvements to entice prospective buyers. While the appearance of your home will certainly affect the impact it has on those shopping for a new home, it is not the only concern you should have. New homeowners are looking for a place to call their own and part of the package includes a home that is comfortable, convenient and energy efficient. Replacing the current HVAC system before putting your house on the market may be your best move. Here's how to decide whether you should replace the HVAC unit in your home before selling it.
HVAC units have an expected lifespan of approximately 15-20 years. If your current system is nearing the end of its life expectancy, it may be a negative mark in your selling campaign. Prospective buyers may decide to look elsewhere if they think they will need to replace the HVAC system in the near future. The good news is that if you replace the unit now you are more likely to get your full asking price for the home. Otherwise, buyers may make lower offers to compensate for an expected expense in the near future.
Units in Poor Condition
If your current HVAC system has problems or has a history of problems, don't try to hide it. Be proactive and replace the unit instead. Ongoing issues are likely to show up in the home inspection or the buyer may request copies of all maintenance performed on the unit in the past. Having a shady history will likely cast a shadow on the deal and may send potential buyers in search of a less risky home.
Outdated or Inefficient System
Many people looking for a new home are concerned about the energy efficiency of the home and prefer units with modern ratings. If your unit is not rated well, it may be a deal breaker when it comes to selling your home. Updating to a more efficient model will give potential buyers the peace of mind that they are getting their money's worth. This is also a great time to add things like smart thermostats to appeal to those who embrace modern technology.
If you have decided to replace your HVAC system before putting your home on the market, Action Heating and Air, Inc. can help you decide which system is best for your home and install it for you. Not sure if replacing the unit is right for you? We'd be glad to provide our professional opinion to help you decide. Contact us today.