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A Fireplace Adds Value to Your Home

Home Value & Fireplaces Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsBy comparing modern homes to those built in the 1970s, you can see that fireplaces are not going out of style anytime soon! In fact, today 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace. What’s more, a 2012 survey reveals that a fireplace is an amenity homebuyers most want in a house. Not only is a homebuyer more likely to buy a home with a fireplace, but they even spend more money in order to have a home with at least one fireplace!

There isn’t any evidence that homebuyers care what type of fireplace is in the home, but it can be assumed the more efficient the better. When you choose a low-maintenance, efficient fireplace, the value rises. You may not be looking to sell your home, but there is always a good reason to add value to your home—especially with a fireplace.

  1. Refinancing. If you’re looking to refinance your mortgage loan, you can get a substantially lower interest rate if you update the home and increase value.
  2. Entertaining. If you love to host work or holiday parties, you could benefit from an upgrade. A fireplace is great for entertaining, offering the ambiance and comfort needed for parties year round.
  3. Supplementing Heat. When you choose to install a fireplace in your home, you’re investing in a zone heater that will bring your home heating cost down. If you choose a wood fireplace, you can save by cutting your own wood. If you choose a gas fireplace, you save by its highly efficient technology.

The Sales Floor

Every stove, appliance, and fireplace that Pristine Sweeps sells is top-of-the-market. We sell, install, service, and repair the best.

When you install a fireplace it adds value to your home immediately, but you can just as easily lose value by letting a fireplace and chimney system fall into disrepair. Once you have your dream fireplace, you want to maintain it for your safety and comfort, and to maintain the value of your home. Schedule chimney sweeps and inspections to avoid a costly repair later. In order to avoid a costly chimney repair, you may choose to install a vent-free, or direct-vent fireplace into your existing hearth, bypassing the chimney. This type of conversion can be done by a certified chimney sweep and adds value to the home just like any fireplace. In fact, gas sets and inserts are some of the most efficient appliances on the market—exactly what brings value to a home. Once you have your dream fireplace, you want to maintain it for your safety and comfort, and to maintain the value of your home. Schedule chimney sweeps and inspections to avoid a costly repair later.

If you’re looking to make a change, a fireplace expert at Pristine Sweeps is a phone call away. Call 206-574-8414 or make an appointment online.

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Spotting Potential Problems with Your Chimney and Fireplace

The chimney can be hard to troubleshoot, especially for the novice, new homeowner, or even an experienced one! This is because the largest portion of the chimney system is hidden, inaccessible to even a certified chimney sweep, who has to use specially made tools and cameras to get the best look into your chimney system. So it’s important to do all you can, and allow them to do what they can.

Spotting Potential Problems with Your Chimney and Fireplace Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsWhat You Can Do

The average homeowner won’t notice a problem with the chimney system until it’s a serious one. There is usually unseen damage for weeks or months that goes unnoticed before it’s visible. This is why homeowners should be vigilant about fireplace and chimney upkeep and looking over the system when they use it.

Look for signs of a problem:

  • DRIPPING OR STAINING
    This means you have water in your chimney system. This can be the result of damaged masonry or can simply mean the chimney cap or flashing is missing or damaged. Since water can wreck your masonry you should call a professional as soon as you notice a problem.
  • A SUDDEN DECREASE IN EFFICIENCY
    May mean many things, but it always means there’s a problem. When your chimney system stops working well it can be anything from a draft problem or your firewood, to a serious hazard like an obstruction or flue damage. You can try to diagnose a draft problem by cracking a window in your home and you can make sure you’re burning only properly seasoned wood. If the problem persists you should call a professional for an assessment.
  • A DRAFTY OR SMOKY FIREPLACE
    This is a serious indication of a problem and can mean there’s an obstruction or a problem with the damper. If you troubleshoot and the problem persists, there is a bigger problem and you need an expert.
  • HOT WALLS OR SUPPORTS NEAR THE CHIMNEY
    More than likely, this means the flue liner isn’t doing it’s job of protecting your home from the chimney’s heat. You probably need a chimney relining.
  • CRACKING, SPALLING, OR HOLES IN MASONRY
    Often caused from water damage, and this type of damage can be a serious hazard. It can be repaired by a certified professional with proper training and experience.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

This includes annual chimney inspections and regular chimney sweeps. These appointments are the only time a professional will see your chimney system unless you have a problem. You don’t want your first call to a chimney expert to be when you have a fire or when you need a repair. Even the most affordable and fair companies will charge more for repairs than diagnostics. The old saying is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Inspections and sweeps help you avoid hazards that can lead to catastrophic cost later.

If you haven’t had a chimney inspection this year, this call can be the best thing you can do for your chimney and your wallet. A chimney expert at Pristine Sweeps is standing by to be your chimney choice. Call Pristine Sweeps at 206-574-8414 today.

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