Inspecting air conditioners before renting or buying homes

When I asked to look at the air handler in it’s closet, I saw splotches of mold running up and down a two foot area.

My siblings all love the idea of moving, but I have always hated it. I typically build a nest wherever I live and it takes considerable effort for me to accept the change in leaving a house for another, in some cases moving across the country altogether. Now that I live on my own, it’s even harder for me to force myself to enjoy the process in even the slightest bit. But these days, what frustrates me the most when I’m looking for a rental is the deception with what landlords and property owners want to disclose about a house, apartment, or condo. I have looked through a property that I was told was in pristine condition only to find signs of major water damage in a guest bathroom. It looked poorly fixed and most of the affected wood was simply painted over. What kills me even more is cutting through the lies with heating and cooling systems. Many people replace their HVAC systems regularly if they manage an annual rental that is full year after year. They recognize the importance of clean air and proper ventilation, especially the effect it has on property value in the end. One time I was walking through a small two bedroom condo on the ground level that was well within my budget. When I asked to look at the air handler in it’s closet, I saw splotches of mold running up and down a two foot area. I knew right away that I was uninterested in renting that condominium. You absolutely cannot overlook the HVAC system when you’re inspecting prospective properties to rent or buy. The cost is your long-term health and sanity.

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