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How much value does central A/C add to a home in Milford, CT?

I'm trying to decide if it is worth the investment to add central AC.  The house was built in 1958.  The system will cost about $10k.  Also, the house still needs the kitchen and a full bath updated.  I'm worried that I am going to put too much money into the house.   
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July 06 2009 - Milford
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Interesting question.  You don't say whether the kitchen and bath are original, whether you have the basics ie a dishwasher etc.
One advantage of adding the AC is that it will widen the exposure your home will get on the internet as buyers often put in central air as a requirement when they're looking. If you are in an area where the homes are close together, (which most of Milford is) central air can afford you a little more privacy and quiet with the windows closed. New systems are very efficient and can clean the air as well. Have a couple of competent HVAC contractors review both your current heating and potential AC needs to give you several options.
Doing the job off-season could save you some money and keep you cool next year!
All the best,
Margaret Shea
William Raveis RE
sheam@raveisre.com
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August 21 2009
I know prices vary with location but that price is ridiculous to me.  I have renovated homes and had new furnace AND central air put in by a professional for $6,500 for a 100,000 BTU furnace with a 3 Ton air unit.  This is recent as well.  I now buy my own equipment and have a licensed contractor put them in and the cost is less than $3,000 now.  Sounds like it's time to do some shopping around for a better deal.
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July 19 2009
Hi Catwoman / Milford ,How long are you going to stay in this house ? If it is more then 5 years , enjoy your home . You should get about 50% of the system cost back . That is if prices stay the same .  

Stay cool lllllllllllllllll

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July 13 2009
The kitchen and bath should get you a better return...but if you plan to stay awhile the central air might improve your quality of life while you are there. All depends on your long term goals.
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July 09 2009
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I would say about half.
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July 07 2009
Depends on the area values.  In Milford you would probably recoup all or most of your money.  But its not going to sell the house if the kitchen is original from 1940s.
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