The house was built in the 60s but the HVAC system was "upgraded" in the 90s. And the feature list said, "Not just the system, but the duct work was modernized."
If the system was replaced in the 90s is may have been upgraded but it is due again. But that wasn't my problem!
As to the duct work, modernized would have meant that the smaller, metal ducts would have been replaced with something larger and insulated. That would be good news and would not be due again for a newer system.
Unfortunately, four of the six modernized ducts looked like this.
The duct on the right was blowing into my face as I climbed the ladder to get into the attic!
I knew then that we were in for some interesting things up there.
With four of the six ducts disconnected from the ceiling registers the attic space was heated very well, but the upper level of the townhouse was not! Properly connected, ducts and registers should stay together forever.
And tape is not the preferred, or best practice, means of connecting the two!
My recommendation: "modernized" is good! But it depends on the quality of the job as to whether it's something you want to advertise. Always have an inspector check it out.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560