Gas Fireplaces: The Homey Feature Every Buyer and Seller Should Look For
Nothing quite says you are home like the cozy warmth of a fire. Gathering around a fireplace has been an enjoyable family pastime for centuries. Even if it is not a must-have on a buyer’s list, the sight of one can put smiles on their faces. And, now, more than ever, consumers are choosing gas fireplaces for the 21st century. Read on for why homebuyers (and sellers) love gas fireplaces.
Easy to Maintain
This is one of the best features that homeowners love about gas fireplaces. They can have all of the benefits of a fireplace, minus the buildup of creosote that has to be cleaned after every use. Another benefit is bypassing the task of cleaning the ashes that come out of the firebox when a traditional fireplace is being used. No need to chop wood either! Practically all buyers need to do is have the unit inspected once per year, to ensure safe operation.
Who wouldn’t want to have all of the benefits of a fireplace, without the tiresome maintenance duties? That’s why Realtors recommend highlighting the existence of a gas fireplace in any home’s sale’s description.
Buyers these days want to save costs and energy, and a gas fireplace can help them do both. When you turn down the temperature on your home’s central thermostat, your gas fireplace can heat the areas of the home that are used more frequently. This means no more high utility bills due to heating the entire home – even the unused areas. This can keep your favorite rooms in the house more comfortable, especially during the colder months. Most units have a battery backup system in place that supplies power to the ignition flame, in instances of a power outage. Translation: homebuyers could receive even more energy and cost savings!
Location, Location, Location
If you have ever wanted a fireplace in the most non-traditional area of your home, you can have it with a gas unit. These fireplaces can be placed in the living room, your bedroom, the family room, and other areas of the home. Once the unit is installed, you can turn it on and off with the flick of a switch. If your basement has a bar, be sure to add the gas fireplace in this room and watch the potential buyers flock to your open houses!
Gas Fireplaces Let You Enjoy Spare the Air Days
Natural gas fireplaces not only help maintain indoor air quality, keeping the home clean, but they create less outdoor pollution than wood-burning fireplaces. It is illegal to burn wood, pellets, fire logs, and other solid fuels in your fireplace, or in any other wood-burning device on “Spare the Air” days. Air Districts issue these “Spare the Air” alerts and homeowners, tenants, and businesses must comply with the regulations. Having a gas fireplace allows you to enjoy your fire anytime, without worrying about whether it is a “Spare the Air” day.
Some buyers avoid listings where fireplaces are featured. They don’t skip the homes because they dislike fireplaces; they avoid the properties because they want to skip all of the hassle and safety issues that come with traditional, wood-burning fireplaces. If you have a gas fireplace installed, serious buyers may take more of an interest in your home. Although safety procedures still need to be followed with a gas fireplace, the risk is significantly lower due to the controlled fire that is produced by your gas unit.
Call Cal Stove Today!
These are just a few of the many advantages that gas fireplaces have to offer to homebuyers and sellers. You shouldn’t put off purchasing a gas fireplace for another day; call Cal Stove now, or email at email@example.com, and we can set up your consultation!
Ryan will help you find the perfect fireplace for your home, to make sure buyers come knocking at the door. If you are buying a home, and want to have a gas fireplace installed, we can help you too!
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