Posted by Eric C on September 26, 2003 at 11:09:24:
I think it depends a lot on where the apartments are located. By that, I mean are they in a moderate climate where summer lasts for a month or two? Or are they in a place like West Texas which needs A/C about 10 months out of the year?
I’ve had about a zillion rental units over the years (and still have some) and every dam% one of them seemed to be situated in an extreme climate of one sort or another.
As for A/C’s, mine always breakdown on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, … you get my drift here?
In any case, after years of struggling through with window units - I made it a policy to install central units right from scratch – and I don’t regret it one bit.
The units rent better, bring a bit higher rate, and most of all, cost me less in repair bills. Much, Much less.
And the central units are surprisingly easy to repair and to maintain. I even have brand new spare parts in some of the more remote locations.
So, its something you’ll have to decide for yourself.
PS - where the physical A/C units are located can also make a huge difference. In one 8 plex (that I still own), the original design was so poor (units on an enclosed rooftop)that the repair folks were there every month.
It took me almost two years to convince partners (members of the family)to remedy the situation. The units were pulled from the roof and placed on the ends of the building. Since that time (5 years ago), we’ve only had one repair call – big difference!
PPS - You need to understand that when General Sherman (of Union Army fame)was asked his opinion of Texas, he replied “If I had to choose between Hell and Texas, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.”
That may tell you a little something about the summer weather here – or something about Yankees. Maybe both.