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Does adding a "whole home" backup generator add to resale value

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September 05 2013 - Plymouth
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It isn't likely to add value in Plymouth because the power supply there is rather stable. I live in Lakeland, MN and our power supply has some instability so many of the homes in our area have them. It is something that Lower St. Croix Valley buyers look for and ask about. Each area is different and you should talk to a Realtor about what impact, if any, that improvement would have on your home. Why are you considering one? If you don't mind my asking.
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September 08 2013
no not normally.
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September 06 2013
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Where I live, "no"... (but I don't know Minnesota well)...

Here, AQMD (Air Quality Management District) permits are "outrageous", and the pollution controls and permit process and costs get worse each year.  Then the fire department complains about the vent piping on the skid based tank, and wants that "retrofitted", or wants you to move the whole installation, even though permitted when installed.  And the diesel fuel will go stale in the tank if it sits too long (sediment, separation, condensation...).

And we just don't have the power-outages to warrant it... maybe 5 minutes once every 3 to 5 years.

For this area, it is just an "eye sore", "maintenance hassle", and use of space that could be better used for something else.

But the State has now changed the energy codes, effective January 1, 2014.... new homes are now required to be wired for future solar power, and it appears the roof structure must also be designed to accommodate the weight and wind loading for the photo voltaic panels.  Doesn't help at night though.  But what "power" does one really "need" besides the "refrigerator", one light, telephone, and a small computer?  Maybe a microwave for cooking?

People got by completely without electricity for millenniums.  Our over-dependence on it serves no-one.
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September 06 2013
Where I live, yes it would and would be on the house listing specs.
Tornados, creek floods where never before had happened.
Had some people going without electric for weeks.

People here have seen there fair share of going without electric, the demand was so high a few years back that the local hardware stores could not keep the electrical ends in stock.

We also had to take extra classes and be certified to install them.
Through our electrical association.

Also Kubota made a pretty good haul with their BX24 and BX25's. (BTLs)
Every 3-4 carports or garages has one sitting under it.
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September 06 2013
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No. Some buyers like features like this, but are generally unwilling to pay more for them. Buyers tend to pay more for things they can see as opposed to system additions that can cost more to install.
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September 05 2013
A generator will not add value to your home but may be a nice edge if your prospective buyer has it narrowed down to two homes.  What does add value hasn't changed:  Kitchens, bathrooms, master suites, finished square feet.
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September 05 2013
No, it won't add value, but it might help it sell, especially if the home has a sump pump. However an uninterruptible power supply or backup battery for your sump pump may be a better option.
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September 05 2013
Likely not.   I would not add it if you are looking for a return on your investment.  If you plan on staying in the home for years and it will give you peace of mind then it is worth it to you.  Most buyers do not add much value unless you are in a remote area where power outages are the norm. Setting your home up to a portable system may be your best bang for your dollar as it can be taken with you if you sell, used else where, or sold if new buyer gives no value to it.
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September 05 2013
If it is permanently attached to your home, then it may if the buyer finds it as a value.  If it is a portable unit, it will not as it is considered personal property.  

After a summer like we have had it would have been of great benefit to many home owners instead of losing power for 2-5 days.  But, that duration of power outage is an anomaly in the Twin Cities.

Generally speaking, appliances do not provide a $1 for $1 value improvement, so my advice would be to only add one if you want to have it for your own use.
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