If your plans for 2018 include selling your home, you probably have a list of improvements to make before it goes on the market. If you have older heating and cooling equipment, you may be wondering if replacing your HVAC when selling is worthwhile. Before you decide, consider the following factors that can influence prospective buyers:
Few buyers want to move into a newly-purchased home and discover that the heat pump, air conditioner or furnace needs immediate repairs, or that it’s on its last legs. So, they’ll likely ask about the age of your HVAC equipment and if it’s older, they may fear that it will break down or fail in the near future.
Your equipment’s maintenance history is another issue that buyers can focus on. If your HVAC system hasn’t had preventive maintenance performed on a regular basis and looks old and uncared for, it can put a seed of doubt in buyers’ minds about how well you’ve maintained the entire property.
With the high cost of electricity and heating fuel nowadays, buyers are increasingly concerned about the energy efficiency rating of a home’s HVAC components. If you’ve recently installed new heating or cooling equipment that has a high rating or is Energy Star-certified, buyers will have peace of mind about their future energy bills.
Increasingly, today’s tech-savvy buyers want HVAC systems with smart controls and technologically-advanced features. Installing a system with a Wi-Fi thermostat, and advanced components like a variable-speed blower motor, modulating gas valve and two-stage compressor can assure buyers it can provide optimal comfort, convenience and energy savings.
Appeal and Value
If you install new heating and cooling equipment, you can expect a return of 35–50 percent of the cost when your home sells, so it may not seem like a smart investment. However, a home with new HVAC has more appeal and perceived value with buyers, so it can sell quickly instead of lingering on the market.
For expert advice about replacing your HVAC when selling your Indianapolis home, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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