Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Fireplace or wood burning insert http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I personally LOVE my high-efficiency ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ I personally LOVE my high-efficiency wood insert. It heats our entire home all winter long, saving thousands in heating costs. <br/><br/>For me, it doesn't matter if it brings a return on resale, as it has already brought me a tremendous return in our use and enjoyment. <br/><br/>I do not expect it to bring back any value at resale, but when that day comes I will make sure that potential buyers are aware of the added value it brings. For some buyers it will be a bonus. I don't think it would be a deal killer for anyone. I know one thing for sure, I will be adding one to any future home I own. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-12-19T20:15:00Z I believe buyers are split ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ I believe buyers are split 50-50 on this one, even couples are split 50-50 the wife loves the smell of wood burning and the husband prefers the gas, of course because he does not have to carry the logs.&nbsp; It's totally a matter of preference. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-12-19T16:49:00Z My opinion is if your are ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ My opinion is if your are going to put in an insert this is for your comfort. I see no extra value. My customers are in a toss up and what they prefer. New people to mountains don't understand the insert they just want the romantic flames. While my 2nd time home buyers look for the insert so they can heat their home better with less expense. But again Extra value is just you saving money.<br/><br/>I hope this helps<br/><br/>Mike Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-12-18T19:19:00Z Are you moving? If so, YOU ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ Are you moving? If so, YOU won't enjoy the wood burning insert AND there's no guarantee your buyers will, either. When they purchase your property, it becomes their home to decorate as they wish, insert or fireplace.&nbsp; If you must improve anything, stick with the basics: fresh paint, new carpeting and minor repairs so the property passes inspection, mitigating requests and negotiating $$$ for pesky repairs. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-12-18T18:45:00Z I've shown a few houses that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ I've shown a few houses that have gas logs and most love them. &nbsp;It's not messy, easily controlled, and warms up a room or two so nicely and offers ambiance! Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-11-15T20:20:00Z Buyers seem to love a beautiful ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ Buyers seem to love a beautiful fireplace. &nbsp;If it has an insert they generally like it more if it is pretty. &nbsp;Some give value to an insert being efficient but in the end the feeling the unit brings to the room probably effects a buyer more than anything else. &nbsp;In most cases a fireplace vs an insert doesn't make or break the buyers desire to purchase or what they will pay for a home. &nbsp;When being appraised when the appraiser is making adjustments between the home being appraised and comps of recent sales in the area they will give value to the number of fireplaces. &nbsp;I don't believe that there is a different in value given for ones with inserts vs ones with out. &nbsp; Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-11-15T14:19:00Z I believe that all people ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ I believe that all people interested in wood burning want the old fashion 'throw the log' on the open fire<br/>a better plus but if you have to do the insert that's what you have to do.<br/>Most of the time the insert is only used if the chimney itself my have minor cracks or something and<br/>the insert is used with a liner.<br/>As a buyer I would rather see a regular fireplace not an insert.<br/>So I would do what makes me happy and worry about resale when the time comes.<br/>Enjoy your life and your house.<br/>-Joseph- Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-11-15T10:08:00Z