Ginny's RI House Hunt Blog: Lack of Air Conditioning in a Home Can Be a Deal Breaker

Lack of Air Conditioning in a Home Can Be a Deal Breaker

Air Conditioning Necessity in Home Buying


There is no doubt that home buyers know what they want when house hunting.  Sellers need to understand that certain fixes in a home prior to selling make all the blue moon buyerdifference.  In the summer season it is air conditioning in a home in the Northeast.  There is no way to adequately smile well without perspiring in an upstairs of a home that has no air conditioning and just a ceiling fan while showing homes!  Buy the air conditioning window units at least to make your home showable I say to sellers!


I was showing a great two story home that had an addition on it upstairs where, unfortunately, they decided not to add central air.  The lower level of the home had the central air.  So showing a non- air conditioned upstairs is a deal breaker for buyers in 88 degree heat and humidity.  This house in question had been seen by the home buyers on another cooler day when the upstairs level of the home was fine.  What a difference a day makes!!  Yes, these are the items that if they were not discovered early on after an accepted offer would come out during the home inspection process.  Better sooner than later.


Please home sellers heed your real estate agent and your gut feeling about what a difference air conditioning makes in a home.  Noone is asking sellers to automatically add central air, although that would be a great solution, but take steps to mitigate the temperatures to make your home livable and cooler to buyers.  Buyers smile well when it is cooler in the house on a hot summer day especially in RI real estate.


Guess what your real estate agent's possibility of selling the home goes up immeasurably when you deal with items like cooling systems the right way.


Air conditioning in a Home


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Comment balloon 33 commentsGinny Gorman • August 02 2017 11:56AM


Good morning Ginny. No air, no deal for me! No discussion! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Good morning Ginny Gorman,

We could not exist without air conditioning! No air would definitely be a deal killer in Austin!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 6 months ago

Ginny, especially with your stifling humidity, this is a must to sell a home.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Good Morning Ginny Gorman 

100% correct. Pam & I only have ours on a few days each year (maybe a total of 2-weeks) BUT it is a necessity when the humidity is high

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) 6 months ago

Ginny I never thought about this before but it makes sense and is great advice.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 6 months ago

Here in Central Florida I haven't seen a place without AC in ages.

Posted by Ben DeHaven, Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida (Haven Realty & Investments) 6 months ago

Hi Ginny

It can definitely be an issue for some buyers, and it's a common question even living by the coast where it's unusual for temps to get above 80. People are sometimes surprised homes do not have AC. In many cases it can be added.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago

Oh, this is a good one Ginny and so so true.  There is a house in my neighborhood that was listed for sale for about 6 years.  I had shown it a few times and the biggest issue was no A/C. The home is now a rental house, but guess what?  It now has central air conditioning.   The house showed well and the owner probably could have sold it years ago if only they had installed that A/C.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) 6 months ago

I've been touring homes with my daughter and husband for the last few months. When it is close to 100 degrees outside in our area walking into a home that HAS air conditioning but the owner has opted to not have it on for the viewing keeps us on schedule for the other homes.

Posted by Dora Griffin, NMLS 6380 (D A Griffin Financial.LLC) 6 months ago

Dora I literally had to laugh out loud on this one.  I get it though.  I totally get it and I'm with you on that.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) 6 months ago

Ginny well no AC is a 100% deal breaker here in Phoenix! I don't know anybody (other than an investor/flipper) that would buy a home without an HVAC system.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 6 months ago

I Know that's right Anna.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) 6 months ago


I guess we are very fortunate in Hawaii, not having to totally rely on AC to feel confortable in a home. Local people who know an area well will pay special attention to window placements in order to determine if the indoor temperature of a certain property can be kept confortable naturally... Aloha!

Posted by Monique Ting, Oahu Real Estate (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) 6 months ago

Ginny,   This is a deal breaker in south Florida.  Our air runs 24/7 most of the time.  No a/c and I won't show the home because the only ones who keep it off are certain REOs.  In one week without a/c, you can have mold.  No, thank you!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824 (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 6 months ago

Hi Ginny- that would not go over well here in South Florida. We rarely have our AC off!  Buyers will turn around and walk out the door to head back to the a/c in their car!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

So well said, Ginny. I've had many many buyers who won't even look at a home without central air conditioning. I can't say I blame them.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 6 months ago

I remember that air conditioning was scarce when we moved to Boston in the early 60s - but it still got very hot on some days - we suffered! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 6 months ago

Central air is pretty unusual here in North Idaho - where having a good heating system is what matters! However, since our heat wave has been going on for weeks now, there are many who wish they had it.

I'd personally rather be a little too warm than put up with AC, but I'm in a minority.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 6 months ago

Ginny Gorman though we have very short summer in New England, Air Conditioning is very important!

I know some of the buyers would say, it is okay if not there. When it comes to reality, they know what is good and what is not.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) 6 months ago

Yikes!! Who would put on an addition and not have central air installed when the rest of the house already had it ??? Big mistake. 

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) 6 months ago

Many thanks has been a lesson learned for these people and a shout out to all who are doing an addition to ensure central air in RI is an amazing and needed selling least the mini splits can be a solution too!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) 6 months ago

Comfort while touring a home is without a doubt crucial to a buyers first impression. This is something that would be discussed from a staging standpoint also!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 6 months ago

To think that they once made cars without A/C units boggles the mind

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 6 months ago

Ginny Gorman here in Florida, a home without A/C is called a sauna.

A/C is for sure a deal killer.

Thanks for the post.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Jones & Co. Realty) 6 months ago

Yes, A/C is an important part of the comfort systems of a home! I agree, Ginny, and know it very well from experience.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 6 months ago

Dear Ginny,

It always amazes me, when people spend tons on decorating, but hardly any on basic function. Being comfortable in a home is really important.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 6 months ago

Some buyers might balk at buying a home without AC, yet if that was a deal breaker, they wouldn't look at any property without it, wouldn't they? If a buyer looks at a property and balks because of not having AC, it's not the lack of AC IMO, the property has other issues. A skilled agent would challenge the AC excuse and determine the real reason or reasons why a buyer rejects the opportunity. 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 6 months ago

Ginny - I'm pretty sure that if you wait a while the air will be conditioned.


The follow-up question - was there heat?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

 aking a shhowing uncomfortable....makes it short !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Last month a new  listing in my neighborhood (not mine) did not have a/c on the second floor. The seller had moved to a senior living complex. The kids wanted to 'add it later'. Within two weeks the a/c guy was there putting in a/c.

It was so hot and humid--a real turn off for those early and motivated buyers. The house still isn't sold. 

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 6 months ago

Agreed! Here's another example: I listed a home last week that has central air. When I went to take pics, the upstairs was HOT and the ceiling fans were turned on prior to my arrival. When I questioned the seller, I was told "it always gets hot up there in the summer". Mr Seller, do you think buyers will want to buy your home when the upstairs bedrooms are so hot? Most people want their homes (and bedrooms) to be comfortable. Mr. Seller, fortunately, adjusted the thermostat for showings so the upstairs is much more comfortable. AC is certainly an important feature today's buyers want and expect.

Posted by Melissa Spittel, "Achieving Results Together " (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

This is so true. I hate to sweat so viewing a home in summer with no air conditioning in part or all of it would leave a very bad impression on me. 

Posted by Karen Hellier, Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia (Freelance Writer) 5 months ago

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is timely advice to share.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

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