Should You Schedule a Heating Repair Before Listing Your Home for Sale?

Are you ready to sell your house? If the furnace isn't in top shape, take a look at the reasons to schedule a heating repair service right now.

Your House Is Empty

Did you already buy a new home? Even though you won't need the added comfort of a fully functional HVAC system in your soon-to-be old house, you shouldn't leave your home completely unheated. Without heat, the pipes could freeze or burst. If you don't regularly check on the property, frozen pipes that burst or crack could cause serious damage.

Not only will the pipes require replacement, but water can also quickly flood your home's interior spaces. This can rot or warp wood floors, ruin carpeting, or damage the drywall. Along with direct damage, water from a burst frozen pipe may allow mold to grow. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow on a damp surface. 

A worn, damaged, or failing furnace may not warm the interior adequately. Avoid frozen or burst pipes (and the damage this type of issue can cause) with a repair service. The HVAC technician can inspect the system, make repairs/replacements, and keep the property warm while you're away.

You'll Stay in the House

Have you found your new dream home? If not, you'll need to stay in your current house for weeks or months. Keep your family comfortable while you wait to move with a heated house. Along with interior comfort, an immediate furnace repair can reduce your utility bills. Lower energy-related costs can help to offset the added expenses you'll have during this transitional time. The better the furnace works, the less force it needs to push heated air throughout your home. Increased efficiency equals a decrease in overall home heating costs.

You Want to Sell Quickly

How soon do you need to sell your house? Most home sellers want the quickest sale possible. If you don't have time to waste, make sure every system is in working order—including the heater. An older, inefficient, or damaged furnace isn't a sales point. Potential buyers may see the heater as an added expense they don't want to tackle immediately after a major property purchase.

Beyond the buyer's impression, the home inspection may reveal problems with an older heater. The inability to warm your home evenly or efficiently may indicate a serious issue. To facilitate a quick sale, fix any pending problems before the home inspection or before you list the house. This increases the likelihood of a smooth, stress-free sales process.