Replace HVAC System Before Selling

A question we get asked often is “Should we replace our HVAC system before putting our house on the market?” 

Selling your home can be a nerve-wracking time. Packing, hiring movers, last minute showings and all of the other necessities are all stressful. Most sellers have little time to think about their HVAC system. It may seem counter-intuitive to make a large investment on an HVAC system for a home that you are selling. When a potential buyer walks through and around a home, that rusty unit or dusty furnace can be a red flag. No one wants to purchase a home, then months later have to spend thousands of dollars on repairs or replacement. Having the ability to show that your current HVAC system is healthy and shows no signs of breaking down is vital to selling your home.

Potential HVAC Issues

We often get called to homes by sellers and buyers to evaluate HVAC systems to see if there are issues or weaknesses. An old or inefficient system can lead to high utility bills, plus signal possible breakdowns in the future. A trend that is popping up nowadays is home buyers requesting recent utility bills. A higher average electric bill will likely detract a person from purchasing a home. 

Many home sellers schedule us to come out and identify any potential issues that could hold up the sale. You may not recoup 100% of the cost from replacing your HVAC. However, it will help with marketability and the ease of selling your home for the price you’ve asked. All home buyers would prefer a new HVAC system in their new investment! If you want to make sure your home’s HVAC system will pass the test before you put your home on the market, give us a call!