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Is a log burner the latest home 'must have', ask south west London estate agents?

Forget wide screen televisions, a hot tub in the garden or even a 'man cave', south west London estate agents are reading that the latest home 'must have' is a log burner. Feeling warm and cosy is often on our minds in the depths of winter but keeping a home heated can bring owners out in a sweat of a different kind - worrying about utility bills. While many London homes - especially Victorian terraces - were liberated of their fireplaces and chimney breasts in the 1980s and 1990s, when clean lines and open spaces were the order of the day, Winkworth has noticed that buyers of property for sale in south west London are increasingly impressed with homes that have fireplaces and working fires in. Experts suggest that a feature fireplace can add as much as five percent in value to a property for sale in south west London, so as well as the aesthetically pleasing glow of a real fire, there's also the chance to recoup any installation costs when a property is sold. Log burners (also known as wood-burning stoves) have taken over from open fireplaces and gas fires as the heating product of choice, with an array of styles and colours available to suit almost any home. Burners can utilise an existing chimney or a stove flue pipe can run from the burner through an outside wall for the necessary ventilation. What's more, a log burner can cut heating bills. Wood as a heat source costs 2.5p per kw/h compared to gas at 4p per kw/h and electrciity at 11p per kw/h, according to HETAS - the solid fuel's industry body. The organisation says that more than 200,000 wood-burning stoves were installed in 2013 and with many products now DEFRA approved to burn in cities and smoke-controlled areas, and many of those thousands will have been fitted in south west London. The experts also say wood is the most carbon-neutral way of heating a home, and many burners can also heat a property's hot water too. If you have a property for sale in south west London and have a fireplace with working fire, Winkworth has the following advice: light any fires before viewings to create a warm, inviting atmosphere but..... ensure the property doesn't overheat and make for uncomfortable viewing conditions be prepared to tell viewers about the running costs of any fire, including having your chimney swept and cost of buying fuel make sure your fire is clean and in good working order If you are looking for a property for sale in south west London with a working fire, please contact Winkworth today for the latest selection of homes on the market.

Forget wide screen televisions, a hot tub in the garden or even a 'man cave', south west London estate agents are reading that the latest home 'must have' is a log burner.

Feeling warm and cosy is often on our minds in the depths of winter but keeping a home heated can bring owners out in a sweat of a different kind - worrying about utility bills. While many London homes - especially Victorian terraces - were liberated of their fireplaces and chimney breasts in the 1980s and 1990s, when clean lines and open spaces were the order of the day, Winkworth has noticed that buyers of property for sale in south west London are increasingly impressed with homes that have fireplaces and working fires in.

Experts suggest that a feature fireplace can add as much as five percent in value to a property for sale in south west London, so as well as the aesthetically pleasing glow of a real fire, there's also the chance to recoup any installation costs when a property is sold. Log burners (also known as wood-burning stoves) have taken over from open fireplaces and gas fires as the heating product of choice, with an array of styles and colours available to suit almost any home. Burners can utilise an existing chimney or a stove flue pipe can run from the burner through an outside wall for the necessary ventilation.

What's more, a log burner can cut heating bills. Wood as a heat source costs 2.5p per kw/h compared to gas at 4p per kw/h and electrciity at 11p per kw/h, according to HETAS - the solid fuel's industry body. The organisation says that more than 200,000 wood-burning stoves were installed in 2013 and with many products now DEFRA approved to burn in cities and smoke-controlled areas, and many of those thousands will have been fitted in south west London. The experts also say wood is the most carbon-neutral way of heating a home, and many burners can also heat a property's hot water too.

If you have a property for sale in south west London and have a fireplace with working fire, Winkworth has the following advice:
  • light any fires before viewings to create a warm, inviting atmosphere but.....
  • ensure the property doesn't overheat and make for uncomfortable viewing conditions
  • be prepared to tell viewers about the running costs of any fire, including having your chimney swept and cost of buying fuel
  • make sure your fire is clean and in good working order
If you are looking for a property for sale in south west London with a working fire, please contact Winkworth today for the latest selection of homes on the market.

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