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How does central air conditioning affect resale value?

We have a radiant heating system, and all of our radiators froze while we were out of town when a fuse blew causing us to lose heat in the house. Insurance will pay to replace radiators, but for a bit more money out of pocket, we could convert to forced air and add air conditioning as well. We are trying to decide whether the out of pocket cost would be worth added value at resale. We live in northeaster Nevada, where it gets pretty warm, but not unbearably hot in the summers.

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  • January 09 2013 - Elko
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It is worth the investment to convert to a more efficient system.  The added A/C will be a plus when reselling your home.
  • January 10 2013
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Central air - no question!
  • January 09 2013
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Go ahead and enjoy AC while you live in the property.  Most likely buyers will appreciate AC when you are ready to sell the property. 
  • January 09 2013
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Its a good idea to spend the money now and do the upgrade.  When you go to sell your house and a buyer sees that central AC is not part of the house, they will deduct the cost from the asking price, and buyers always think it costs twice as much to fix something then it really does.  My advice is to take the insurance money and upgrade.  You'll enjoy it while you are still living there and you can advertise "newer" AC unit when you sell, which will go a long way.
  • January 09 2013
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There are some obvious factors somebody local would have to determine & we do not know what it will cost you but I would say it would be worth it.
  • January 09 2013
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You would recoup the cost of the a/c unit living in Elko. . . .
  • January 09 2013
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From past experience, the majority of my buyers ask what is the age of the roof, heating & A/C and hot water heater. If they're older, they deduct the cost they'll need to budget for, and then make a slightly lower offer. I would encourage you to invest putting it in.

  • January 09 2013
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Central air is one of those amenities that a lot of people have come to expect in a home. I think you would realize a good return on your investment of "a bit more money". You will also derive some enjoyment from your investment on those days when you wished you had air. Another nice thing about forced air heat, you can a humidifier to the unit.
  • January 09 2013
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Dear User,

I'm in California, and not a really hot area either, but the last few years it has been very warm and I was so glad to have my AC. I notice that many of my buyers are requesting it and it will improve your property if you have that put into the home.
  • January 09 2013
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