Preparing your home for resale is an important part of the process. You want it to be as marketable as possible so you can get as much money as possible. Certain steps should be taken to spruce things up – a little paint here, a minor fix there and other odds and ends that will add aesthetic value to your home. However, it’s also important to focus on the performance of your HVAC system and other key appliances. You don’t want a contract to fall through should the home inspector uncover costly AC issues during the pre-closing inspection.
Will my AC unit affect my home value?
Yes! The type of air conditioner in your home has a major impact in your home’s market value. For instance, homes with central air will be appraised higher than homes that require room by room AC units. On the flip side, any outdated systems will actually lower the appraisal value of your home.
What can I do to improve my home’s value?
Evaluate your AC unit’s performance. Prior to listing your home, make sure your AC unit can adjust the climate quickly to a temperature that suits a multitude of potential buyers. Even though you may keep it at 78 degrees, the next owner may want to keep it at a lower temperature. Also check for leaks, tears in the ductwork, or other minor repairs that could affect the unit’s performance.
Invest in maintenance. Today’s savvy home buyers are looking at costs other than a home’s purchase price and utility bills – and maintenance costs can be a deal breaker. Lower your electric bill by doing a few simple things such as investing in periodic maintenance checks and regularly changing air filters. Prospective home buyers may ask for maintenance records, transferable warranty information and utility costs, so keep that information handy. By showing potential home buyers that you have a dependable, well-maintained HVAC system, will help your home’s resale value.
Install a new AC unit. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, a simple repair may not be enough to satisfy a prospective buyer. You may not want to purchase a new AC system, but it will help the resale value of your home. In fact, the National Association of Realtors estimates a 12 percent boost to your home’s value when you have a new central AC system. If you’re worried about the out-of-pocket expense of installing a new unit, you can easily build the cost of the new air conditioner into your asking price. The Comfort Consultants at Northeast Florida Heating & Air can determine what AC unit will best suit your needs.
Are you selling your home in the Jacksonville area? The Comfort Consultants at Northeast Heating & Air can help improve the resale value of your home through an evaluation of the performance of your AC system. If you think a new system would be more beneficial, our experts have over 30 years’ experience in the field and can perform a system analysis to assist in your decision-making process. Whatever you need, Northeast Florida Heating & Air can help. For more information on our HVAC services, please call our Jacksonville air conditioner installation and maintenance company at 904-783-7003.