One Critical Mistake Sellers Make That Results In Hundreds or Even Thousands of Dollars Lost
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If you are selling your home in today’s market – no matter what part of the country you are in – the last thing you want to do is lose money on the deal. That being said, I consistently see homeowners neglect one area of the home, that if not addressed - will cost them hundreds if not thousands of dollars unnecessarily.
Be Prepared for Your Home Inspection
An absolutely critical part of buying a home is the home inspection and if buyers are met with any issues during the inspection there is a good chance they will walk a way from the deal altogether. Though an inspector will check most aspects of a home, including foundation, structure, plumbing and electrical systems, damaged or non-functional items as well as safety issues – one key area that receives a lot of attention is the HVAC system.
Unless your heating and cooling unit is not properly maintained and serviced, there is a good chance the inspector will comment on that and possibly result in the sale being jeopardized. The cost of having an air conditioning system and heating system cleaned, serviced and replacing filters is minimal when you consider the potential risks at hand.
Many companies provide discounts for having both systems serviced at the same time. Depending on the type of HVAC unit you have, it can cost anywhere from $150 to $200 to have both serviced. If you do the servicing yourself then make sure to do so before you show the property to potential buyers.
Make a Strong, Good Impression On Buyers
In addition to the actual servicing of the unit, the negative impression that can be made from your ill-functioning or seemingly neglected key component of the home is the appearance that you, the homeowner, did not maintain the home.
When buyers see a properly maintained home, it gives them the added confidence needed to believe in the integrity and quality of the property. Not to mention, any additional expenses that seem possible in the foreseeable future will be a turnoff to buyers and they will likely move to another property.
Do you want to risk losing your sale because of a relatively small and insignificant expense? Are you comfortable with potential buyers thinking you did not maintain your home to perfection? Unless these things are unimportant to you, be sure to address your HVAC (and other major functioning systems that may need attention) before it is time for the home inspection. A couple hundred now can easily result in thousands more later.