Neither one of us ever wanted to move from this house.
My husband and I bought it before we had any of our three kids, and for all of those years it was a perfect home for our family.
We had four bedrooms upstairs and a large living room, dining room, and kitchen on the ground floor. The basement housed our clothes washer and dryer, a third bathroom, and all of the HVAC equipment from the furnace to the air conditioner air handler. We even had a spare bedroom in the basement, but we used it primarily for storage. I always loved that house, but once our three children had all moved away, it suddenly became too much house for my husband and I. We are in our 50s and I worry that the stairs are going to prove troublesome as we get older. I don’t want either my husband or I to injure ourselves permanently just ascending or descending the stairs some random day. When we finally put the home on the market, our real estate agent suggested that we replace the air conditioner first. The house was already several decades in age at that point, so having a 20 year old air conditioner wasn’t doing us any favors on the competitive home market. After we got a brand new HVAC system installed, we suddenly had more bartering power and could ask for a slightly higher price. The eventual buyer was thrilled about the brand new air conditioner. I would have never realized that the age of an a/c could affect a home’s value so much without our real estate agent’s advice.