A home inspection is a matter of course in most closing deals before you sign on a new house. In addition to the standard home inspection, it is also wise to schedule a separate inspection on the home’s HVAC systems.
Why? While general home inspections cover a lot of ground—the foundation, structural elements, exterior and roofing, plumbing, electrical and more — most home inspectors are not HVAC experts. They don’t have the knowledge or equipment to fully evaluate the condition of these systems.
Here are four good reasons why it’s important to have an HVAC expert inspect your potential new home:
- Your HVAC bill is your biggest utility bill in your home. On average, heating and cooling accounts for nearly half your annual energy bill on. An inefficient HVAC unit can be a huge drain on your monthly budget.
- 50% of Home Warranty claims are on HVAC systems. This happens because buyers assume that if a home inspector indicates that the air conditioning unit is functional then it must be in good condition. However, General home inspectors only verify that the HVAC system is operative, and an HVAC unit can still be functional while hiding underlying issues.
- HVAC repairs and replacements are expensive. Replacing an air conditioning or heating unit is a major financial investment. Unlike a broken dishwasher, the cost to replace a broken furnace can cost several thousand dollars.
- The seller’s disclosure may not be accurate. Sellers are required to complete what is called a “seller’s disclosure report,” which outlines all problems and defects that the seller is aware of. However, this report may not include the current age and condition of the home’s heating and cooling systems.
Scheduling an HVAC inspection as part of your buying process is well worth the small amount of extra time and money. Contact Reese Services today to schedule your HVAC buyer’s inspection.