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  1. #1
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    Confused How costly can it be to install cold air returns?

    Hey Everyone!

    I'll try to keep this short. I am a first time home-buyer, and I need some advise on the installation of cold air returns in order to decide weather to close on the deal, or walk away. After having a home inspection, the inspector stated that there were no returns on the main level or second level of the home. He said that the system would still work, but not as efficiently as it would with cold air returns installed. The seller is unwilling to restructure the home in order to have these installed because the system does technically function. On top of this, I called around to see if I could bring in an HVAC professional to quote me on just how much it might cost to install, however, all told me that they could not inspect or quote me a price without the owner being present. The owner lives out of state, and it is not possible to have him present.

    My question, i know, will not have an exact answer because all houses and systems are different, and you are unable to see it for yourselves. I am just wondering for opinions on how much/little something like this could run me. I feel really stuck here, as i love the home and would hate to walk away if this is a job that is relatively common and affordable in cost. PLEASE HELP!!!

    p.s. feel free to ask details if needed!

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    Mar 2013
    Central IL
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    I will leave the details to a duct specialist for the most part. Will need more info such as # of returns, distance of runs and age of house. It is difficult to no if there are fire breaks or other obstructions in the walls that will have to be removed in order to run ducts up walls. returns are fairly cheap to construct, but the area the ducts are run must be cleared of all obstructions. This ussually intails some carpentry, removal of walls to get to the passages and such and that is where you budget will be based.

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    Dec 2010
    The Quad-Cities area (midwest).
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    There really is too much information missing to give even a ballpark price. It shouldn't be a breaker if you love to home. Just offer less for the house as you normally would, maybe by a little more and good luck. The home inspector should have given you an idea as to how difficult of a job it would entail.

    P.S. Did the inspector state that that (lack of return thru the house) was normal for that area? Or are there going to be other hidden jewels with that home?

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    Sorry, prices are not discussed here. its against the rules.

    No one can make any type of a close estimate without seeing the house and seeing what is involved to do the work.

    Sounds like the upper levels are open to the lower level. As there has to be a return somewhere.
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    Pavilion, NY
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    Where is the furnace located in regards to the space it supplies air to? (Where is the return now)

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