Buying a fixer-upper home can be a very economical way to be a first-time homebuyer, as well as create income by flipping it after you are done renovating it. One of the challenges you’ll face with either an older home or one in poor condition is the air conditioning system. If the home doesn’t have an effective air conditioning system or it is in bad condition, you’ll need to decide how to best proceed.
In the event that your fixer-upper does not have an existing HVAC system, your air conditioning options include putting in a central system, window units, or mini-split units. While central air conditioning systems can improve the value of the home for resale purposes, the upfront cost for an indoor/outdoor system with full ductwork could give you some sticker shock. Window units are cost-effective but won’t do much for the value of the home. A ductless system is a viable solution to avoid adding duct work.
If a central air conditioning system is in place but not functioning or is not efficient, you will need to choose whether to repair or replace. If it is a newer system, repair is your most affordable option. If it is older and doesn’t have the efficiency that a buyer would want, or you want to control utility costs yourself, replacing the air conditioning system is your better bet. There are plenty of other factors to consider, of course, so getting the advice of a professional is a good idea.
When you want an honest and reliable recommendation after a detailed assessment of your fixer-upper home, count on us at Webb Heating & Air Conditioning. We have built our business from 1978 to the present on the premise that what is in our customer’s best interests is more important than anything else. Give us a call today!