Buyer's Remorse

Buyer's Remorse

HVAC Upgrades: How to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse

Thinking about using your tax return for an HVAC upgrade this year to increase your home’s equity? Home upgrades are always exciting and nerve wrecking because they usually take some investment to have done. Of course, one of the worst possible outcomes is experiencing buyer’s remorse over the upgrade. There are many reasons people experience buyer’s remorse after an upgrade. The best method to prevent this from happening is to do thorough research and weigh all of your options. Here are a list of upgrades and what you should consider to help prevent buyer’s remorse.

Thermostat Upgrades

One of the simpler upgrades that can really add appeal to your home is upgrading your old thermostat to a Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostat. Thermostats come with many different capabilities now such as smart programming and capability to connect to other smart devices (i.e., Alexa, cell phones).The first decision you want to make is what brand thermostat you are interested in and will the upgrade features work for you in the long run. For example, some people find over time that they hate smart programming on some thermostats or that they would have preferred a thermostat that did not require batteries. Next you want to consider the investment in the upgrade. Thermostat upgrades can run anywhere between $325 - $500 depending on the brand and your current thermostat wiring. 

UV Lights/Air Scrubbers

In today’s climate many people are rushing to have air scrubbers installed to keep outdoor pollutants from living in their homes. This is especially prevalent with the reopening of the country. However, with installations ranging in the $600’s and up it is important to be sure of it’s value in your home. It is important to remember that some air scrubbers also require UV bulb replacements every few years.  Even though it is a pricey upgrade you can be certain that you are offering yourself and your loved ones the best protection while at home. Air scrubbers have a high success rate in keeping your homes air free of pollutants and viruses.

Heating/Cooling Replacement

The obvious choice for HVAC upgrades would be your heating and/or cooling system. While this upgrade definitely has the highest price tag it is also the upgrade that keeps on giving. Upgrading your systems give you better efficiency, better quality, and better equity. As mentioned, heating and cooling upgrades can be expensive, as in the $1,000’s. That is why it is especially important to do your research on what brands and features most appeal to you. It is also important to consider if now is the right time for a replacement. If your system is under 10 years old, it would probably be a better investment to sign up for a maintenance contract.

Poor Workmanship

For any upgrade in your home, the leading cause of buyer’s remorse will be poor quality of work. It may seem easier to hire your local handyman or do the upgrade yourself, but the easy route often leads to disappointment and poor workmanship. The best way to guarantee good quality work is to do research and hire a reputable and licensed HVAC contractor. If you are ready to have your upgrades done at your home give LA Construction, Heating and Air a call today at 818-341-3406.

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