Adding Value to Homes with Propane
Today’s homebuyers are looking for quality, comfort, style and energy efficiency in their homes and appliances. If you are building or renovating a home to sell, consider upgrading to propane appliances to increase your home’s value.
A propane-powered home is more energy-efficient and cost-effective than an electric-powered home, making it more valuable in today’s home market. If you watch the homebuyers shows on HGTV, for example, you’ll notice that potential buyers are dismayed to find electric stoves in the kitchen. Adding propane appliances adds more benefits to homebuyers, resulting in an increased value of your home.
A propane standby generator is a valuable asset to a home. Propane backup generators provide peace of mind during winter snow and ice storms. They will start up immediately when the power lines go down and they can power an entire home for days. In addition, propane does not degrade over time, so it is an ideal standby fuel.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, less than 30% of American homes have a source of backup energy in case of a power outage, even though thousands of power outages occur each year. Having a reliable backup generator will set your home apart from others on the market.
Nothing says cozy better than a real flame flickering in a fireplace, and you can get that with propane. According to an Angie’s List poll, about 70% of real estate agents reported that a fireplace adds value to a home, and that many homebuyers, especially younger ones, prefer gas-burning models.¹ Propane fireplaces produce more heat than electric fireplaces, without the mess of burning wood, and can also provide spot heat if the power goes out. Including a propane fireplace will give your home an added “wow” factor and added value.
Propane Outdoor Living
One of the most sought-after features in the home market today is an outdoor living space. This year, the American Institute of Architects’ Home Trends Design Survey reported that 70% of homebuyers want an outdoor living space.² You can set your backyard apart with propane appliances that bring the comfort of the indoors outside.
No matter how big or small your plans are, propane can help you build the backyard of your homebuyers’ dreams. For a summer entertainer, an outdoor kitchen is a must. The installation of a propane grill can be a small cost that adds a big differentiating factor to your backyard. Propane outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and patio heaters can also help create a desirable outdoor living area that will increase the market value of your home.
Propane can perform for your homebuyers and for you and your wallet. High-efficiency propane furnaces, water heaters, cooktops and ranges along with standby generators, fireplaces and outdoor living appliances can all work together to increase the comfort, performance and efficiency of a home. The benefits of clean, American energy and propane appliances add valuable selling points to your home that will drive up its market price and increase its value.