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Lucky To Live Here Realty

For the love of Real Estate, local businesses and communities of Long Island's North Shore and beyond...

For the love of Real Estate, local businesses and communities of Long Island's North Shore and beyond...

Jun 13 3 minutes read

According to U.S. News a fireplace is one of many ways to increase your home value.

If you have one, don’t get rid of it.  According to a survey on Angie's List, 54 percent of real estate agents said a gas-burning fireplace increases the home's value most. Although a survey of 2,000 homeowners and homebuyers showed 58 percent prefer to have a wood-burning fireplace at home. But what seems clear is having a fireplace is positive for your home value, see below for some advantages of each and choose which you prefer. 

Difficulty of Use / Advantage: Gas

A gas fireplace is as easy as flipping a switch. Wood-fueled fireplaces require a lot more effort to get going. First you have to get the wood, then you have to arrange it a certain way, get kindling, start the fire and then maintain it. A wood-fueled fire needs to be created and sustained. That’s great if you want the satisfaction of building something. But if you’re cold or just want a fireplace to look at, choose gas.

Fuel Cost / Advantage: Wood

Sure, you can buy firewood from a hardware or home improvement store. Or, you can just walk into the middle of the woods, chop down a tree and use that for fuel. It’s a lot more difficult to produce your own natural gas. Natural gas isn’t costly, but it’s more expensive than free or the cost of a few logs.

Fireplace Maintenance / Advantage: Gas

The aftermath of a wood-fueled fire is not fun to clean. The soot, ash and burned-out logs are messy and spread very easily. Gas fireplaces are as easy to maintain as they are to operate, no messy cleanup and no sweeping are necessary.

The Experience / Advantage: Wood

Granted, gas log fireplaces are as easy to use as opening a valve, but something’s missing. It generates heat and looks like a “traditional” fireplace, but it’s just not the same experience. Where’s the snap and crackle of the logs as they heat up? Where’s the intoxicating aroma of a wood fire? 


Our Listings With Fireplaces

48HilltopDrive.com

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