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Should I install central heat and air to sell my home?

Asked by Seller, Fort Worth, TX Tue Jun 16, 2009

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Hello Seller,

In our climate here I would hope that you have at least a usable heating and air arrangement? If you look at the various listing services (MLS< etc.) they all list the method of heating and cooling in one form or another. As a result you might face a roadblock to selling with window air/heat/baseboard heat/etc. if your home is priced the same as others with central heating/cooling.

As just a general rule of thumb it is going to cost approximately $1500/ton just to install the exterior condenser and interior air handler/evaporative cooling unit. One ton of heating and cooling per 500 Sq. Ft. of home. Then you will have the costs of duct work and grills to consider which is expensive as well, even though the materials are relatively inexpensive.

In my opinion I would look at all aspects of your home, and not just this issue, to make that decision. I would expect that your home is an older one if it does not have central heating/cooling already. What else would need to be done to compete with other homes for sale near you? Would you need to update plumbing, add more insulation, replace the roof covering, upgrade this or that, repair this and that? After you have done all of those things how much would you have spent? Is it more than the return from selling it?

Price all of the work out but before you actually do all of that work and then speak with a few RE Agents and and have them give you an idea of market value compared to other comparable homes recently sold, or currently for sale, in your area. They have the ability to tell you what other homes old for. Then make a decision whether you want to perform all, some or none of the work and just price the home accordingly to draw interest and a sale.

There are times when it is just not worth the aggravation to find good contractors to perform the work properly just to take a chance it will help sell the home.

If you are not sure what might need to be done you can always call a Real Estate Inspector to perform a thorough inspection of your home. A good Inspector will go through your home and document everything! It will also help you see things you might not have thought of and could potentially cause you money during the sale when the buyer has the home inspected.

Good luck!

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 16, 2009
You don't necessarily have to, but it would be a good idea. Depending on where you live, it will really help the house to sell a lot faster. On the other hand, the buyer might not like central air. It is all up to their personal opinion. http://www.a-ccontractors.com
Flag Wed Apr 1, 2015
I think it would be a good idea. A lot of people look for this when buying homes. Already having it installed and new could be a major selling point. I would highly look into it. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you! http://www.oilheatserviceandsupply.com
Flag Thu Jan 15, 2015
GREAT QUESTION:

Bruce is correct however there is a benefit work with an agent comp true value of your home, determine your best interest. Home improvements money vested can over value a home for a given area.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 16, 2009
I agree with you guys, adding a new heater to your house will definitely increase the value. It gets so cold around here, and winter is coming up pretty soon. I definitely need to get a new heater in my house if I'm going to have any chance at selling it this year. http://powerblanket.com
Flag Thu Oct 30, 2014
It would never hurt to make an improvement. This specific improvement can make the house considerably easier to sell, among other benefits. I hope that people decide to look into this at the very least. If more people did this it would make things so much more comfortable. I would definitely never go back to other systems after experiencing central heating and air conditioning for a few years now.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 21, 2015
It may be a smart move to look into having central heat and air installed. If i were in your situation I would recommend to get quotes for the installation and then go from there. The home is of course more appealing when there are those systems available. http://www.geraldsairheat.com/Heating-Services-Virginia-Beac…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2015
I would encourage you to do so. With the Texas Heat and unpredictable winters most buyers prefer Central Heat and Air. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 13, 2015
It would probably be beneficial for you to install central heat and air. Most people like having that amenity in a home. You may even be able to sell your home faster. http://www.airconperthwa.com.au/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 3, 2015
Installing central air would never be a bad move. most home buyers would prefer to have central air. If it's going to be a really expensive installation and you don't think you can make it back in the sale you might want to consider another approach. I would say the best move is to go with whatever you see as your best option.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 20, 2014
I think that it would be a good idea to. It might add some value to your home. A lot of potential home buyers will be looking for central heat and air, since this is very common to see in most homes these days. http://www.glendaleheating.com/installation/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 7, 2014
I would think It is a good Idea to have central heat installed. I am sure people seeking to purchase a home would be more interested in your home as well. I would recommend you get a quote and at least look into it more. http://www.johnleggsheatingandair.com/blountville-tn-hvac-se…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 6, 2014
Texas and Nevada has one common denominator, heat. It sounds as though it would attract more buyers. If you were to install a central air and heating system, it would and take the expense out of the buyer’s hands which can add more foot traffic & interest.

Regards,
Chad Roberts
Broker/Salesperson
Realty One Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 22, 2014
I think you should install new heating and cooling systems before selling. Buyers really like to buy move in ready houses, and if you've already taken care of the heating and cooling systems they are much happier to buy your house. If you are trying to sell fast it's a good idea to put in new systems, because that's what the buyers want. http://scr-mn.com/hvac/
Flag Mon Dec 8, 2014
Talk to your Realtor, My personal rule of thumb is to never spend a dollar unless you will get two back upon the sale.... But again, A local realtor will know the market better than anyone else
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 7, 2014
I think that's one of those things where it's not going to raise the home value significantly and in the end it will be more of a capital loss than anything else. You will end up putting more money into installing the system than you are going to get back in profit when you sell.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2014
It depends on the market.
If all the competition has it, probably yes.
If all the competition has something different, then no.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 16, 2009
I agree that it would definitely depend on the competition on whether or not you want to get central air. If you have a system installed in your home that already works great, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless lots of customers bring it up. I think central heating and air is more popular than swamp coolers or electric heaters, personally. http://www.comfortsolutionshvac.net/about/
Flag Fri Oct 24, 2014
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