Having a real estate professional in the family was recently worth its weight in gold.
My sister is a realtor in the region. Unfortunately, she wasn’t a realtor when we bought this house. That was our first time buying a home and we ended up getting saddled with inheriting the HVAC equipment. That wasn’t the only thing that we had to deal with either. But we thought we were getting a good price. Maybe we didn’t. It’s been such a long time ago that it surely doesn’t matter now. However, it’s interesting how the HVAC equipment sort of was the tipping point for selling our home. The first HVAC unit that we inherited lasted about 3 or 4 more years before we had to replace it with new residential HVAC. While we wanted the best HVAC unit we could afford, we also wanted to be sure that it was reliable. We invested in HVAC maintenance which was key to the longevity of that second set of HVAC equipment we had in this house. But after 25 years of flawless, quality heating and air, the HVAC unit was winding down. That’s when my sister suggested that since we were upgrading the HVAC unit, we should do something with the kitchen and get it on the market. We followed her advice and were able to cash in at the peak of the prices in this region. Having the latest in residential HVAC and HVAC technology sure didn’t hurt. In fact, I’m of the belief that the new HVAC equipment and all the HVAC technology was a bigger selling point than the newly appointed kitchen.