There are many things you can do to your home to make it more appealing to buyers, including removing wallpaper, painting walls a neutral color, and having your homed staged by a professional stager. However, some of the most effective changes you can make to your home are ones that could help the buyer save money. An HVAC system inspection may be an appealing perk to potential buyers, and could help make your home more appealing.
HVAC system and home inspections
Usually when selling a home, it is the buyer’s responsibility to pay for a home inspection. As a seller, however, it may be beneficial for you to get a home inspection of your own done before putting it on the market for the following reasons:
A general inspection eliminates any surprises you may get after the buyer conducts their own inspection. Knowing about things like termite damage or electrical problems prior to a buyer inspection can help you take care of the problem before you list your home. It is required by most banks to have a general inspection done before authorizing a mortgage loan. That inspection, however, does not cover everything in the home; having a specific inspection done, such as an HVAC home inspection, can help give the buyer even more peace of mind when they are buying your home.
Another tip for selling your home is to improve the efficiency of your home. This gives the buyer of your home long-term savings on their energy and heating bills. A few ways to increase the efficiency of your home include:
- Installing new windows. Double-paned windows can significantly impact heating and cooling bills. They reduce the amount of heat transfer and help with drafts.
- Weather proofing windows and doors. Weather stripping or caulking can help with drafty doors and windows.
- Installing a new furnace or air conditioner. Upgrading to an American Standard furnace or air conditioner will not only cut down on energy costs, it will also give the buyer the peace of mind that the system will not have to be replaced for several years. Look for units with higher SEER or AFUE ratings, both measures of efficiency, for long-term energy savings. Variable-speed units can also increase efficiency by offering more precise climate control than traditional HVAC systems.