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A new or updated fireplace can add value to your home before you sell!

If you are preparing to sell your home, you likely are looking for ways to get top dollar from buyers. In survey after survey, buyers list fireplaces as desirable amenities. Nearly 70 percent of real estate agents surveyed by Angie’s List said fireplaces increase the value of a home. Plus, the return on investment in a new or upgrade fireplace can be substantial. A study from the National Center for Real Estate Research found each fireplace increased a home’s sale price by as much as 12 percent.

Adding a new fireplace.

Adding a fireplace sounds like a major home-improvement project, but it doesn’t have to be. A gas fireplace can be a quick, easy home improvement. This is especially true if you opt for a ventless gas fireplace or a prefabricated fireplace outfitted with ventless gas logs. In those cases, there’s no need for a chimney. You only need a gas line to get your fireplace up and running.

A direct-vent gas fireplace does require adding a vent to the outside of your home. However, installation is relatively easily. The good news on installing a gas fireplace instead of a wood-burning one: While the majority of home buyers say they prefer wood-burning models, the majority of real estate agents recommend installing a gas fireplace if you are looking to increase your sale price.

Do you already have one fireplace within your home? That doesn’t mean you can’t look for creative ways to add value to your home with a new fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces have become increasingly popular. Installing an outdoor fireplace can help potential buyers see your outdoor space as a comfortable, functional extension of your home. You also can add a sense of luxury to a bathroom or the master bedroom with a fireplace.

Upgrading your fireplace.

While a beautiful, functional fireplace can boost your home’s value and help your home to sell faster; an outdated, deteriorated or inoperable fireplace can hurt your chances of selling your home at a premium price. A fireplace that isn’t updated or in good repair can look like a major project to a potential buyer. In addition, it can make your home look sloppy or out of date. Fortunately, updating an existing fireplace is much easier than installing a fireplace.

An aging fireplace can get an instant facelift with a fireplace insert. If your fireplace is in good working order but has some out-dating features, changing out the fireplace doors, the fireplace screen or fire grate can instantly improve the look of your fireplace. A fireplace surround or a new mantle can make any fireplace look fresh. Also, great accessories such as firebacks, tool sets, wood stackers and decorative screens, can have your fireplace looking up to date and well cared for during your showings. At the very least, you want to make sure your fireplace is clean and in good repair. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected before you list your home so you can market your fireplace as an asset.

Presenting your fireplace.

If you are need to get your fireplace ready to help sell your home, call FireSide Hearth & Home! We can help you add a fireplace, upgrade your existing fireplace, make any needed fireplace repairs or help you stage your fireplace for showings.

Choosing the right hearthstones

Select the Correct Hearthstones - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeIf you are building a new fireplace or upgrading the look of your existing fireplace, you have a lot of decisions before you. All of those decisions combined will affect the aesthetics of your fireplace and have a major impact on your home’s overall style. One of the biggest decisions you’ll be faced with is hearthstone material. So how do you choose the right hearthstones for your fireplace?

First, there are a few questions you will need to ask yourself before making a decision on hearthstones, including:

  • What is your budget? Hearthstones can vary widely in cost, based on which material you use.
  • What look do you hope to achieve? Natural stones with rough textures can provide a rustic looks while sleek, policed stones provide a more modern look.
  • What is your fireplace fuel? Some stones will stand up to high heat, while others will crack if they are exposed to extreme temperatures. A wood-burning fireplace, especially an open-hearth one, needs hearthstones that can take the heat. Heat transfer is less of a concern for gas or electric fireplaces.
  • What is your fireplace material? If you’ve already selected the masonry or other surround for your fireplace, that likely will color the hearthstones you select. You’ll need a hearthstone that complements or accents your other fireplace materials.
  • How much time are you willing to put into maintaining your hearthstones? Some materials require regular sealing to prevent staining. Certain stones retain more soot and dirt than others and require more frequent cleaning.
  • How concerned are you with durability? Some stones are more prone to cracking or crumbing over time. Are you concerned about your hearthstones cracking? Do you need a hearthstone material that will hold up over time?

Once you answer all of these questions, you will be able to begin evaluating your hearthstone options. Some common hearthstone materials include:

  • Marble: Marble is a classic choice for hearthstones, and it can provide a clean, sleek look. Marble does require sealing, but it is easy to clean. Marble is a material that is more likely to suffer cracks or dings.
  • Granite: Granite has been a popular choice for hearthstone in recent years. It also provides a clean polished look. It comes in a variety of colors and can have interesting veining. Granite does need to be sealed, but it’s easy to clean and highly durable.
  • Limestone: Limestone is a popular, classic choice for hearthstones. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. It does need to be sealed, and it can stain easily.
  • Slate: Slate can add a rustic element to your fireplace. It’s durable, like granite, but it can stain and requires regular cleaning and occasional deep cleaning.
  • Travertine: Depending on how it is installed, travertine can provide a sleek modern look or a rustic look to your hearth. Travertine is, however, one of the more delicate stones, meaning it might not be the right choice if durability is a concern.

Choosing the right hearthstones might seem intimidating, but FireSide Hearth & Home can help! Our hearth experts can talk to you about what you’re looking for in a hearth in terms of style and wear, and we can help you determine which hearthstone options are right for your home. Call to schedule a consultation today!