My home's HVAC is 32 years old. I am going to be selling in spring. Do I need to replace to sell?

Asked by Greg, Omaha, NE Sun Dec 9, 2012

It still works fine just very old. Replacement would cost $8800. Would i get $8800 more for my home if i spend the money now.

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The Aces Home…, Agent, Omaha, NE
Fri Jan 4, 2013
I think having it inspected should suffice. For the money you are going to spend you could give a potential buyer a credit for that amount and they could decide to replace it after closing or use the money elsewhere to update the home and use it until it kicks the bucket. I must say that is pretty impressive for an HVAC to last that long!
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If its working Great don't replace it. Its not going to increase your home value by $8800. If they ask for money towards it during negotiations consider options then. But if its working great, it may possibly be a non issue.
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I agree with you guys, there is no reason to replace what isn't broken. It could definitely increase your home's value, but not as much as a new HVAC system. You could definitely talk to your realtor about this more though. http://www.cydcom.ca/
Flag Mon Dec 8, 2014
Thirty two years old is pretty old for an HVAC system. If it is still in working condition, I wouldn't replace it. Like Alex said, it's not going to increase the home value by $8000, so I don't think it would be the best investment. http://www.reliablebuildinginc.com/services/hvac-1/
Flag Fri Nov 7, 2014
I couldn't agree more, there is no reason to replace a working HVAC. If it were giving you any problems, it would be a very different scenario. There are HVAC repair companies that can inspect your unit to make sure it is, in fact, in great working condition.
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Flag Wed Oct 22, 2014
I agree that if it's not broken, why replace it? If the new home owner thinks there is a problem, then you can consider fixing it. Otherwise, there is no need replacing something that isn't broken. Just make the home owner aware of what they're buying. http://www.cunninghamshanor.com/Services.html
Flag Fri Sep 19, 2014
I think Alex gave you great advice. It's not going to increase your value by that much if you replace it. And why would you replace something that wasn't broken? I would just let the buyer know that it's older and may need replaced sooner or later.

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annette madr…, Renter, 53219
Tue Apr 25, 2017
I would replace it. I am looking to purchase a house at the moment and the inspector check the AC unit and 25 years old we wont buy it unless it gets replaced. The air quality is not good the Freon for the AC unit is no longer available they came out with something new and my electrical bill will be super high some now I personally wouldnt buy it. And we just told them that we would pay for the asking price so I think it's only fair to replace the unit.
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Zeda Jackson, Home Buyer, Fullerton, CA
Tue Oct 14, 2014
This is a good question. I have been wondering the same thing! I am thinking about replacing mine but I am checking out inside work to see if the bargain is worth it. Hopefully it is. http://www.rhinersplumbing.com/heating-and-cooling/
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One thing that you could consider doing is having a contractor come to your house and look at the HVAC again. He may tell you that you do not need to replace it at all. If I were you, I would make sure that all of the vents and ducts were clean and clear, and that the filter was changed. That way, you can optimize the efficiency of the HVAC that you already have. However, if this doesn't make a difference and your real estate agent recommends a replacement, don't hesitate to do so.
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Zeda, how old is your HVAC system? I have considered replacing my unit a few times but I am not quite sure I need to. It would be nice to have a brand new unit so I know I wouldn't have to worry about repairs for a while.
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annette madr…, Renter, 53219
Tue Apr 25, 2017
I would replace it. I'm looking to purchase a house at the moment and the inspector check the AC unit and it's 25 years old we won't buy it unless it gets replaced. The air quality is not good the Freon for the AC unit is no longer available they came out with something new and my electrical bill will be super high some now I personally wouldn't buy it
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Jimmmyrodrig…, Home Buyer, Omaha, NE
Sun Apr 2, 2017
I have a neighbor at a senior citizen park , with this 2005 A/C unit . , nice unit , it was barely used , guess it was sold to her weather she needed it or not , well at this point the little old sweet lady is not with us any more , , now the new owners want to get rid of it ,
if any one out there needs one A/C , any offer , $.500.00 >/??? , penne's on the dollar
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Joeadamg, Home Buyer, Omaha, NE
Thu Jun 30, 2016
As much as 32 years is pushing it, I think you're better off with a home warranty. This post goes into more detail: http://www.irishheatandair.com/replace-air-conditioner-sell-house/
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Bob Oatmeyer, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Thu May 21, 2015
It would probably be best to at least have your system looked over. I am sure any potential buyers would be more interested if the system was newer. If it is still in good condition though then maybe all you need is a few fix ups or repairs. http://www.bollshvac.biz/about
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Kodylawrence6, Home Buyer, Indianapolis, IN
Wed May 6, 2015
Thirty-two years is a pretty long time to have an system. If it is working fine for you than maybe you only need to have it inspected and it would be fine. However it may be more appealing to a potential home buyer if a new system was installed. http://www.controlledcomfort.com/residential.html
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paulthegrizz…, Home Buyer, Clark, NJ
Tue Apr 28, 2015
I read a checklist of things to look for in a home before you buy, and the age of the furnace was one of them. People who are buying will be asking to see your heating system, and probably the air conditioning unit, too. Perhaps having an HVAC contractor inspect it might be the way to go. You can pass his appraisal on to potential buyers. http://www.butlerheatingandair.com/products-new.html
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I would have to agree that if it's still in good working condition you should just leave it. Make sure to have it inspected, but it wouldn't significantly increase the value of your home to put in a new system. I would save the money and use it for something else. http://www.aabsoluteplumbing.com
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Apr 28, 2015
I do not believe that it is required in order for you to sell. Things like this could depend though so you would want to double check and make sure. Even if it is not required it may be best to replace the system no matter what. http://www.aircomfort.com.au/product-services/commercial-spl…
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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Mon Apr 27, 2015
If the system works, it should be fine. The HVAC system isn't like the roof where it is a deal breaker if it is really old. As long as it's reliable, most people won't put up a fuss. Still, I would talk to your realtor and ask what their opinion is on the subject. http://www.southwestheatingandcooling.com
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djennifer009, , Salt Lake City, UT
Mon Apr 20, 2015
It all depends on the buyer, so I wouldn't replace it now. Some buyers would rather pay less and keep the working A/C, even though it's old. Some buyers might ask you if you're willing to replace it. I'd wait to find out until you have someone seriously considering the home. http://www.bradlec.com.au
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Apr 14, 2015
That seems like a very old unit but that is great it is still working. It might be more appealing to a possibly buyer if it is replaced. However it is completely up to you whether or not you want to have it replaced. http://www.allzoneac.com
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mattdalek47, , Columbus, OH
Fri Apr 10, 2015
You don't necessarily need to replace it to put it on the market, but a new HVAC system would be a good selling point. If it still works just as well, then I would have it inspected and maybe sell as is, depending on what the professionals say about it. They may find that it is perfectly alright, or that there is something wrong that you missed. Either way, it can help steer you in the right direction.
http://www.wightmanmechanical.com/services.html
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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Thu Mar 26, 2015
It sounds like a good investment to make. The system seems pretty old, though. I'd imagine that it would give out after a few years. It might be more attractive to the buyers if there's a brand new system in there. If you don't end up replacing it, I would at least have a professional go through and make any necessary repairs and/or tune-ups. http://rbincorporated.com/services/air-conditioning/
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Mar 20, 2015
Thirty two years is a pretty long time to have system like that running. If it has been working fine then I would maybe just have it checked out to see if any repairs or updates that need to be done. However if it is not in good shape then I would recommend that the system be replaced. http://airconditioningrepairlv.com/residential-air-conditioning/
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Mar 11, 2015
As long as it's working and it's up to code, you really don't have to worry about it. Something like this wouldn't be easy to make your money back with. You might want to do some refurbishment just to make sure that it's in the best shape possible. As long as it passes inspection, it shouldn't even come up as an issue in the sale. If that's not the case though, and it would draw red flags, you'll want to do some kind of replacement or repair to get it to that state.
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Gary Birtles, , Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Mar 4, 2015
I don't know if it is worth the effort. That replacement cost is high especially for a replacement that isn't even necessary at this point. I'd wait until the current HVAC system starts having more difficulty before you fork out money to replace it outright. Hopefully this helps, good luck with the selling. http://www.clearzoneservices.com/en/hvac_cleaning.html
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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Wed Jan 7, 2015
I think that is totally up to you. If you feel that the hvac is going to fail soon, then it is your duty to inform the buyer. You two can come to an agreement about what you which to do.
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I think that I would recommend having an HVAC specialist come and inspect it for you. If everything is working fine, you should leave it in. If it is going to fail soon, you should replace it. Make sure that you discuss all of this with the buyer though. http://www.wightmanmechanical.com/heating_and_air_conditioning.html
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Shelly Ruwe, Agent, Omaha, NE
Fri Dec 26, 2014
AN option is to offer a home warranty to cover any potential issues. For a small cost under $450- annually, this will help eliminate any issues for HVAC, plumbing, cooling, electrical and/or appliances.
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not if there's a home inspection and it's deemed to be in poor condition at that time.
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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Tue Dec 16, 2014
You most likely will not be getting $8,800 more out of your home. Unless you list state that the furnace is brand new and never used, then maybe. Otherwise, just be sure to let the buyer know that it is an older furnace.
Mark Leach | http://www.yardleyheatingandair.com
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Dec 4, 2014
You might not make the money back, but there is a good chance that potential buyers would be hesitant to buy with the HVAC being that old. Also an inspector might have an issue with it being that old. I think it would be a good idea to replace it now, but you won't lose anything by waiting until you sell to see if they want it replaced.
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Mary Jane Pr…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Dec 1, 2014
I think that as long as it is working properly you shouldn't have any problems. I would strongly suggest that you have it inspected before you sell though. That way you can make sure that it is really ready to work for it's new owners. It is amazing how long some HVAC systems can last.

Mary Jane | http://www.controlledclimatesinc.com/HVAC-Repairs-Hayes-VA.html
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Fri Nov 21, 2014
Odds are that the inspector will bring it up in his/her report. If it does come up you can negotiate with the buyer for a credit toward a new one. I wouldn't go to the expense of replacing until it is necessary to do so.
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Wally West, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Nov 21, 2014
I would recommend that you replace it because I wouldn't doubt that as soon as the new owners move in that it would stop working. It will also be a good selling aid because no one likes to get their air conditioning fixed because it always happens at the worst times. If I replaced mine, I would raise the price as well. It's only logical to do so.

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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Nov 20, 2014
Wow thirty two years is a very long time. I am sure it would need to be replaced by know. If it still works fine you may want to talk to potential owners and see what they would be willing to negotiate. http://www.capefearair.com/heating.php
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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Mon Nov 17, 2014
To me it seems like a good idea to at least repair it to get it back into good working condition. You might have a hard time selling a house whose air conditioning isn't functioning. You might want to have it inspected to see if a simple repair would be enough or if you should repair it. That's what I would do in your situation before making a huge investment in air conditioning replacement. http://www.pioneercomfort.com/repair/
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Wed Oct 22, 2014
If it's working fine, leave it! There is a possibility that a potentially buyer will be scared away by the age but I don't think that's worth installing a new system. It's not just the price you have to worry about after all! If you do, make sure you use a good company!http://www.emc-company.com/hvac-mechanical-maintenance/
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Murphy Team, Agent, Portland, ME
Sun Oct 19, 2014
After 32 years your HVAC system has certainly given you its best years. What we have seen on listing sheets and disclosures lately is "heating system is 32 years old and this was taken into consideration when setting the listing price." This tacitly takes away the ability for a buyer from using that as a negotiating point.
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Kiara Jane T…, Home Buyer, Kansas City, MO
Wed Oct 8, 2014
It would raise the value of your home but there is no guarantee that it would be close or equal to the amount you spent. It's a gamble either way. i just replaced mine and spent less than that. I would do some more research. http://rockymountainclimate.com/products-and-services-offere…
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reynoldsc99, Renter, Tulsa, OK
Thu Aug 28, 2014
If it is still working well, I would not replace it. You could get a service done to ensure it is working as well as it can before selling the home. It would only make sense to replace if the HVAC was falling apart and repair would not help.

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fosterkicks99, , 78052
Wed Aug 27, 2014
If it still is in working condition, let it be. Make sure an inspector take a look at it and says it is still just fine. If people see the old system, they might try to negotiate having you replace it. With the inspection saying it is fine, you can probably keep it. That is if the inspector gives it a clean bill of health.
Michael Foster http://supercoolheatingandair.com
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Fri Aug 8, 2014
Short answer is you should replace it, Honestly it's given you more than twice the industry expected life. You will not get $8800 back in all likelihood but your home will sell faster than others and you probably could recoup around $5000+/- of the expense. Rest assured when a buyer has the home inspected, their going to realize immediately (if it even takes them that long) that their going to need to factor this in and if they have limited cash after closing this could discourage them from even making an offer.
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I am buying a house right now and the inspector put on his report that the air conditioning is 25 years old that to me is a problem as I am at HVAC contractor the unit is not efficient Seers did not exist back then and R22 Has become extinct they replaced it with r410 so basically you would have to get an adaptable if you need to add Freon. And chances are it will have to be replaced soon I definitely put a clause on there I will not buy the house until the unit has been replaced I'm not going to pay three for $500 in electricity
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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Fri Aug 8, 2014
It might be smart to hire an air conditioning contractor to come take a look at it. He can double check to see if there is anything that needs repairs or that might need repairs in the near future. You could have him give a statement about the condition of the air conditioner which you could then show to potential buyers. This may help them to feel more comfortable with buying a house that has such an old AC unit.
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A contractor will tell her to replace the unit I can guarantee it
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The Stephen…, Agent, Portland, OR
Wed Aug 6, 2014
Greg, I used to live in Omaha, NE - born and raised. It is a COLD place! You need a good furnace and that one sounds like it is well past its life expectancy. I would replace it right away, then you can advertise a new furnace with your sale.
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Bev West, Agent, Greeley, CO
Tue Aug 5, 2014
I would certainly have it inspected and cleaned before putting it on the market. That would tell you what you need to do if replacing is necessary.
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Thu Jul 31, 2014
If it is in good working order, leave it be. More than likely it will be an issue once your buyer does a home inspection and if that's the case you can negotiate at that point.
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Tim Johnson, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Jul 29, 2014
It sounds like it working great so it might not be a concern. What I would do is have a HVAC company come and inspect it. It would be a good selling point if you could say that you had a new HVAC unit, but like I said, I would have someone come take a look at it. http://www.coeheatcool.com
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Ryan Basye, Agent, Omaha, NE
Thu Nov 21, 2013
You can get a better deal on a new furnace - shop around.
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Mike Opyd, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Nov 19, 2013
Wait to see what happens after the buyers inspection. If they make a big deal about it you could always offer some sort of a credit for them
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Scott Francis, Agent, Omaha, NE
Tue Nov 19, 2013
Just offer a home warranty to buyers as long as warranty company doesn't exclude it. Serivce One is pretty good and most use them.
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Fri Nov 1, 2013
Ok, well if you spend now 8800 $ you will not get those back in the sale price, by telling the buyer the A/C is brand new, they will say or think yeah great....
If its old they will probably find out during the inspection, the inspector will tell them how old it is
and that they should expect at one point to have it replaced --- and depending on the experience of
buying homes of the buyers they will understand that and take it into consideration.... They may ask
during the inspection period for money to replace the A/C as when they made the offer they could not
be aware of the age of the A/C so, then you negotiate that but at that point you can grant them some credit but you do not have to give them that full amount....so it may or may not become an issue during the A/I i.e. inspection period, based on the inspection report, or not....

What I would though strongly recommend to you, if you did not do it all along, have an HVAC company come in and have your furnace and A/C cleaned, and checked, cover the A/C over the winter so it stays nice and clean, and then you can say that both furnace and A/C have been recently serviced and cleaned.... that is good sign for the Buyers.....

Furthermore if I were your Listing agent I would strongly recommend to you to get a home warranty
not sure what it would cost you for your home, but let's say it is 450 or 500 $ that warranty will
be active for you the Seller during the entire listing period and then will transfer to the buyer with a
one year coverage for the buyer and your Realtor can put that into the MLS listing sheet for the
Buyers and their agent to see.... It is a good thing and lots cheaper than putting in a brand new
A/C...

Hope this helps, work with a good local Realtor (If you need a recommendation get back to me)
so that you do all the right things from the start and also price your home competitively for your
local market.

Good Luck to you

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Scott Francis, Agent, Omaha, NE
Fri Nov 1, 2013
No just be prepared to offer a home warranty like Service One any buyer will ask for that knowing how old HVAC is.

Scott

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Vikki Iverson, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Thu May 23, 2013
I would wait for the HVAC to be called out on inspection. You won't get the money back on sale price, and if its still working properly, it may not come up in inspection. Your realtor can set you up with a one-year home warranty that transfers to the buyers, and if the HVAC does come up, you will pay a fraction of the price than you would have, had you not purchased home insurance.
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I was going to suggest the same thing. As long as the HVAC is working, replacing it is just a waste of money. There could be another ten years in the unit if you give it the chance. Just leave your buyers with home insurance and let them decide when and how to replace the unit. | http://www.normanaireservices.com
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kenneth Land…, Agent, Omaha, NE
Fri Mar 22, 2013
You have received good advice below. You may want to consider offering a warranty to ease the buyers mind. I would also recommend getting several bids for the furnace, they vary greatly in price.
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Vikki Iverson, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Thu Jan 3, 2013
I would leave it as is as long as it is in working order. When someone makes an offer on your home, the inspector will come through and look at it and verify it works. If it doesn't, you can negotiate over it at that point. The market is supposed to turn around even more this year, and it could be that your home is in demand as is by spring. :-)
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davekoch, Home Buyer, Omaha, NE
Thu Jan 3, 2013
it makes for an easier sale and faster sale
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Dean Uhing, Agent, Omaha, NE
Mon Dec 10, 2012
$8800 seems like a lot of money to replace a furnace. What else is going on with your system?
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I would have your a/c replaces. Thirty-two years is a long time to have an a/c unit. I think if you want to sell it at a higher price you are going to need to put in a new a/c system. Buyers really like houses that are move in ready. They are more likely to buy your house if it has an updated a/c system. http://www.hrstewart.com
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Mon Dec 10, 2012
I would make sure that it is serviced regularly.... the new owners will have an inspector check it and
the result will probably be that the inspector will say it is old but still working but at one point you will
have to replace it. If you replace any major items in the home right before putting the home on the market it will not get you the full amount invested back, what it will do it may have your home go under contract before other homes for sale in the area, and if not new or replaced recently it may take bit
longer and you may have to put it on the market for a bit less to get interest.

What you really should do before changing, painting, or replacing anything you should find an experienced local Realtor to meet with you and to see your home, there may be other items that
need attention, like paint, new appliances etc. etc. A good Realtor will take into consideration
what will have an impact on actually selling your home. You may want to ask your Realtor to take
you to see a few similar homes in your home's size and style, so that you can see for yourself
at least how your home compares to others, buyers will look at and compare. Then you can discuss with your Realtor what must be done, what could be done and what impact on pricing
and final sale price all of it could have.

If you need a recommendation get back to us....

Hope this helps...

Most Sincerely yours,
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