Signs You Need to Replace the HVAC System Before Selling Your Home

Posted by Shawn Clayton on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 11:17am.

Signs of HVAC DisrepairSelling your home is an exciting and busy time. Whether your next home is waterfront real estate across town or something completely new across the country, it's a chance for a new beginning and another chapter in your life. But first you have to get your current home sold, so you want to make sure you're doing all the things buyers expect. If you have an HVAC system that's old or outdated, replacing it is something you may want to consider doing. Even if it seems to work well enough or doesn't seem to be having any huge problems, there are some signs you can look for that indicate replacing it is going to be a good idea.

Have Your Repair Bills Gone Up?

One of the biggest signs that it might be time to replace your HVAC system before you sell your home is the repair bills. Even if your HVAC runs right most of the time, if you're finding that it needs repair or recharging more often than it used to, it could be time for a new system. If you were going to stay in the home, would you replace it? If you said yes, you might want to replace it for the new buyers. It can add some extra value to your home, making it more likely that a buyer will want to purchase your house for closer to the asking price. It can also help you sell your home faster, because it needs less work in a buyer's eyes.

How Are Your Utility Bills?

Older HVAC systems cost a lot more to operate than newer ones. They just aren't as energy efficient as today's models. If you've had your home's HVAC system for a long time, the chances are high that you're paying more than you would be if you had a newer system. That's worth considering when selling your home, since buyers often check with local utility companies and ask about the highest and lowest bills over the last year. That gives them a good idea of the cost to heat and cool your home, and if the costs are too high for their budget, they may choose a more energy efficient option instead of buying your house.

Too Warm or Too Cold Sometimes?

Good HVAC systems should keep you comfortable. They should be able to handle the hot summers and cold winters, and should be big enough to work with the size of the house you have. Even if your home is in a desirable real estate market like Brielle, potential buyers might notice small things like these. An undersized or underpowered HVAC unit isn't going to perform well, and that could lead to rooms that are much too warm in the summer months and also too chilly when it's very cold outside. Even if you don't live in an area of the country where the climate can be extreme at times, your HVAC unit should still be able to heat and cool rooms quickly and efficiently to the temperature you choose. If it can't do that, buyers may back away.

Does the A/C or Furnace Run More Than it Used To?

Another key indicator that you have an older HVAC system you should replace before selling your home is noticing that it runs a lot more than it used to. It may be coming to the end of its useful life, or it may just be extremely inefficient. Either way, the bills will go up and the sound of the HVAC running will become a constant background hum. Neither of those things are great when you're trying to sell your home, and they are also things a home inspector is likely to point out to the buyers. By upgrading your HVAC system first, you'll avoid any of those problems.

Shawn Clayton, Owner/Broker, REALTORĀ®

Jersey Shores Luxury Home Expert

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