Do Fireplaces Add Value to Your Lake Charles LA Home?

This is the time of year when stores are bursting with lavish garlands,  ribbons and ornaments for homeowners to deck the halls of their Lake Charles homes.  The fireplace “mantle” is always the centerpiece of attention and is a favorite spot for our seasonal decor. 
Lake Charles Louisiana typically has mild winter temperatures.   Fireplaces are beautiful to enjoy and they do serve a purpose as a heat source.  However Do Fireplaces add value to your Lake Charles Louisiana home?

I recently received this email from a couple who bought a  home in Westlake LA

Hi Marilyn,
It’s   Susie  and  John Smith. I just had a quick question and as our realtor I figured you would be the perfect person to ask. We are thinking about investing in a really nice electric fireplace.  It’s portable so it won’t acutally be installed into the wall. My question is, if we left it in the house when we sell it in the future, does it count as a fireplace? And about how much will it bring up the value of our house? I appreciate your help with this!
Susie Smith
Here is my answer  to the fireplace question based upon my experience as a  Lake Charles LA Realtor:
Dear  Susie:
“The fireplace will not “add” any value to your current home.  Although it will be appealing and attractive to prospective buyers if you leave the fireplace in the home, it is going to be considered “personal taste” as well as a moveable item that is  not going to be given any extra value in an appraisal.”
 Buyers  may  find the beautiful fireplace in your Lake Charles LA home attractive and appreciate the added heat source however, keep in mind that the beauty will not  necessarily be given a pricetag of value.


If you have a Lake Charles LA real estate question, I would love the opportunity to chat with you.

Contact MARILYN BOUDREAUX 337-499-9592,

Marilyn Boudreaux is a Full Time Licensed REALTOR in the State of Louisiana affiliated with Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s.

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Marilyn Boudreaux, REALTOR® 337-499-9592

Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s

4410 Nelson Road

Lake Charles, LA USA 70605

337 478-1578

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