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Open fireplace in IP

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Toon, 6th Oct, 2015.

  1. Toon

    Toon Well-Known Member

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    Would an open fireplace in an IP be a dealbreaker for anyone?
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Only if there was no chimney or flue.
     
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  3. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    No - not a deal breaker for me.
     
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  4. VKeen2Learn

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    Would be a welcome feature for many I'm sure.
     
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  5. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo midas touch

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    I like them. Would prefer a chimney or whatever to go with it.
     
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  6. larrylarry

    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    I think as a rental, it is unlikely to be a deal breaker but as PPOR probably yes. I bought my PPOR with a fireplace fixed with gas heater. I ripped it out and replaced with a stove and replaced the flue. Works beautifully.
     
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  7. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't stop me from purchasing an IP with one but I remove wood fires the first chance I get.
    Termites can come with wood, smoke stains paint etc, burn marks on flooring, flue cleaning etc etc...
     
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  8. househuntn

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    Any more opinions on this? There's quite a few properties with an open wood fireplace around here and imo it's too much hassle to maintain, plus there's smoke + wood + termites risk, and the smell
     
  9. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @househuntn is a fireplace the expectation in the area? Look for another area.
     
  10. D.T.

    D.T. Specialist Property Manager Business Member

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    Depends on the area. In some areas, especially those with character homes it might be an expected feature.

    Do you really trust tenants lighting fires in your house?
     
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  11. Ed Barton

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    I completely trust tenants to light my house on fire.
     
  12. househuntn

    househuntn Well-Known Member

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    A lot of houses seem to have it but I don't think it's an expectation

    Not really lol. And it's outer east melbourne, older housing, not really character homes
     
  13. Shady

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    Has anyone removed a fire place? the house i just bought has two fire places which may seem normal except that the house is in Brisbane....does it even get that cold in brisbane.
     
  14. MyPropertyPro

    MyPropertyPro Property Management Sydney & Brisbane Business Member

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    Yes, a bit strange in Brisbane but that would also probably make it quite a unique feature! Not really sure having a real life fireplace in a rental property however!
     
  15. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We installed a traditional looking (but with a Jotul firebox insert) fireplace in Brisbane. We do use it in the deep of winter :D.

    With the question from the OP, is there another way of warming the house in question?