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Ask the Realtor

What is the most common home inspection item that can derail a closing?

That’s a great question!  And my answer, hands down, is HVAC issues.  HVAC refers to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.  Here in Jacksonville, most of our homes are heated and cooled by heat pumps, consisting of an indoor air handler (located in the garage, an inside closet, or in the attic)  and an outside compressor (located on a concrete pad outside the house).

Repairs can be costly, and replacing a system can run between $3,000 and $8,000, or more.  Sadly, most of the items I see on a home inspection could have easily been avoided with just little maintenance.  Here is the minimum: Change the filter every month and have your unit serviced at least once a year.  That’s it!

Heat pumps offer an efficient way of controlling the indoor climate in our homes.  Just taking these 2 steps will go a long ways towards keeping your system humming for years.