Home Selling Tips

November 13, 2012

Chimneys & Fireplaces Overview

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A fireplace is often the focal point of a room, so it should be attractively featured. If your fireplace looks dated, a fireplace screen can be used to camouflage the problem. Make sure the fireplace and fireplace tools are clean and complement each other. Tone down anything that looks loud or bright around the fireplace as it should add a feeling of warmth to the room even if there isn’t a fire burning. In cooler weather, leave a fire going in the fireplace when buyers are expected to see your home. A blazing fire creates a very welcoming feeling.

A fireplace should have a simple tasteful mantel that’s consistent with the style of the other fixtures in your house. Resist the urge to clutter the mantel with personal items.

One more note: If your home has a fireplace, make sure the chimney is cleaned before you put your house on the market. Chimney cleaning is often noted during a home inspection and is almost always requested as a repair item by the buyer. Save yourself the hassle of having to deal with this chore later when you’ll also be faced with a list of other requests from the buyer.

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