If you plan to sell your home during the cool or frigid months, of autumn or winter, you need to prepare your HVAC system to perform at its best. Follow the four tips below to get your HVAC system ready to sell.
Replace an Aging Furnace Now
Well-maintained HVAC systems can last up to 30 years. Poorly maintained systems can fail after 10 years. When your HVAC system is getting older and less efficient, it may be time to have the unit replaced. A brand new HVAC unit can mean the difference between a quick sale and a lot of unimpressed lookers.
Expect some potential buyers to examine your furnace and other HVAC components in detail. If your system is dirty, noisy or rigged in an unsafe manner, you risk turning away these serious buyers. After all, serious buyers are the ones who take the time to look over their purchases before they commit. Serious buyers may ask you questions about your HVAC system's energy efficiency, and the maintenance you did.
If serious buyers don't look at your HVAC system, expect their home appraisers and inspectors to thoroughly examine the heating and cooling systems. Don't wait to replace an aging system that doesn't do its job.
Clean a Newer HVAC System
You should have your HVAC system completely cleaned before the open house. Inside your furnace and air conditioning unit, components can become clogged with cobwebs, rodent feces and dust buildup. Let a professional safely handle the cleaning of these areas, especially if it hasn't been done in a while.
Install a fresh filter on the clean unit. The HVAC-appliance areas should also be checked for water leaks or water damage. Any drains or pipes should have a clear drainage area. No standing water should be around or on top of the HVAC unit.
Ceiling and floor vents should be wiped clean of dust and vacuumed free of cobwebs. Dust, bugs and debris fall into floor vents and keep air from properly flowing in rooms. Kids are notorious for stuffing toys in floor vents, so do an extra-careful check in children's rooms.
When your home has a properly working HVAC system with clean ducts and vents, every room is kept warm or cool for buyers. There are no funky smells or excess dust particles in the air.
Check to Make Sure the AC Works
It may be 15 degrees outside, but some home buyers will insist on checking out the air conditioning unit to make sure it works. Many realtors recommend home buyers check, so buyers may grow wary if you refuse.
When you have the professionals come out to clean your furnace for the winter, have them service the AC unit, too. It will be safer for the unit (and more comfortable for you) to have your HVAC experts prepare a letter stating that the AC unit works fine.
Then, when potential buyers ask to check out the AC unit, you can explain that the unit may be damaged by being run in the frigid temperatures. Hand them the letter to reassure them that you aren't hiding anything.
Consider Installing a Smart Thermostat
When asked what their top priority would be in a smart home, many people said they wanted a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat-one that lets the homeowner control the HVAC unit from remote locations-is definitely a selling point for quite a few potential buyers.
By installing a smart thermostat, you increase the number of lookers who are interested in your home. If you learn all the features of the smart thermostat you select, you or your realtor can show the potential buyers how the device gives them complete control over their home heating and cooling.
Call Air Supply today to schedule a checkup of your HVAC unit. We'll help you get your HVAC system in show-ready condition.