A Working Fireplace Increases the Value of Your Home
When homebuyers are asked what they are looking for in their new home, a fireplace is often at the top of the list. More than 75 percent of homebuyers told the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that they are looking for a house with a fireplace in the living room. A working fireplace can increase your home value by 6 to 12 percent and help it sell faster. If you are looking for a home improvement project with a great return on your investment, invest in a fireplace!
What type of fireplace do homebuyers want?
Modern gas fireplaces are the most popular option. Who wouldn’t love the convenience of turning on a fireplace with the flip of a switch? The high heat efficiency and low maintenance needs of a gas fireplace are also appealing.
If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, installing a gas fireplace is a smart choice. Direct-vent gas fireplaces can be installed in tight spaces in nearly any room. You can see a wide selection of gas fireplace models in Burlington Fireplace & Solar’s showroom. We carry numerous styles with a seemingly endless amount of customization. You can chat with one of our fireplace experts to help you find a fireplace with all of the features you want in a style you’ll love.
Should I repair my fireplace or chimney before putting my house on the market?
Yes! The fireplace is one of the top places that an appraiser will look at when evaluating your home. If your fireplace isn’t working or the chimney has significant damage, they may devalue your property. You can increase your home’s resale value by maintaining your fireplace and chimney. These are the top three repairs that homeowners make before listing their home:
#1. Replacing a Damaged Damper
The damper controls airflow in and out of your chimney. It is typically made of cast iron or steel. It is incredibly vulnerable to damage from rain, snow, and condensation that falls down the chimney. If the damper is rusted or warped, it should be replaced. It’s a good idea to replace it with a top-sealing damper. Top-sealing dampers are designed to be more resistant to water damage and create a tight seal at the top of the chimney that improves your home’s energy efficiency. When the damper is closed, outside air and precipitation are stopped from running down the chimney. It also prevents heated or cooled air in your home from escaping. Some top-sealing dampers even include a chimney cap that catches sparks and prevents critters from getting into the chimney.
#2. Repairing Exterior Deterioration
Broken bricks, missing pieces of mortar, and white mineral stains (or efflorescence) are all signs of deterioration. They aren’t just eyesores. Efflorescence is a symptom of water intrusion and may be a sign that you have a chimney leak. Deteriorating masonry can be a symptom of structural damage. Annual chimney inspections and cleanings can often prevent problems like these from developing. If your chimney needs repairs, be sure that you hire a chimney expert who will address the underlying problem. You do not want to have more damage to deal with after the
next big rainstorm.
#3. Correcting Construction Issues
Many improper construction issues can be discovered during a home inspection. You may find that the builder who made your home didn’t properly construct the smoke chamber or installed the wrong-size chimney liner. Most common construction problems have a simple fix that doesn’t require replacing the chimney or fireplace. These fixes are often necessary to bring your home up to code or ensure your fireplace is safe to use.
Investing time and money into repairs on a home your putting on the market might feel like a waste. In most cases, homeowners recover 100 percent of the money they invest into their fireplace and chimney. If you want to increase your home’s resale value, look no further than the fireplace! The fireplace experts and chimney technicians at Burlington Fireplace & Solar can help you get your home ready to put on the market.