An air conditioner is a fundamental component of any home, especially here in the greater Phoenix area where extreme heat is a common occurrence. This makes it especially important to ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly if and when you decide to sell your house. Because an air conditioning unit will be carefully evaluated during a home inspection prior to a sale, it’s essential to consider its status before your property is listed. Yes, the state of your air conditioner can even make or break a sale. The following are some key considerations for home sellers.
The Age of Your Air Conditioner
Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old? If so, this will raise eyebrows in any potential homebuyer who will not want to invest in a replacement for this costly piece of equipment shortly after their home purchase. If you’re not willing to invest in a new HVAC system, you may need to consider the cost of replacing it when you determine the sale price of your home.
Today’s homebuyers aren’t just looking at a home’s purchase price, they are also weighing the ongoing cost of keeping it running and maintained. Some may request to see utility bills prior to an offer being made to understand the energy costs. Sky-high energy costs can scare off some buyers. Consider your usage patterns and your HVAC system’s overall efficiency before you list your home so that you can present favorable utility bills.
Homebuyers may also want to see maintenance records for the air conditioner. Regular maintenance and tune-ups are essential for keeping a unit efficient and maximizing its lifespan. Thus, if you are planning to sell your home in the next year, it’s a good idea to schedule service for your HVAC system and consider a maintenance contract.
Are you preparing to sell your home? Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating now to schedule maintenance service or to obtain a free estimate on a new air conditioner. By considering your air conditioner when beginning the process of selling your home, you can eliminate any unexpected expenses and increase the price homebuyers will be willing to pay.