Four Questions to Ask When Buying a Home with Propane Heat
In today’s home buying market, a house with propane-powered appliances can be a real find. Propane is less expensive than electricity, more efficient than natural gas, and cleaner than oil, which means your propane appliances will be more cost-effective and eco-friendly than many of the more common alternatives.
If you’re new to propane—or would like to learn more about the propane services in your new home—here are some questions to ask:
Which appliances use propane?
Propane gas is versatile; it can be used to power all kinds of home appliances, including stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and backup generators. However, not every appliance in a home may be powered by propane. Ask the seller or seller’s representative for a complete list of propane-powered appliances in the property.
How large is the propane tank?
There are quite a few sizes of propane tanks available. But because many are installed underground, it can be difficult to assess the size of the tank. Ask the seller or seller’s representative to tell you how large the tank is, and then verify that size with the company that refills and services the tank. This is also a good opportunity to learn more about the expected cost of your propane service.
Is the tank installed above or below ground?
Propane tanks can be installed either above or below ground. Knowing which is currently installed in your dream home is important so you can educate yourself on proper care and safety. There are pros and cons to both tank varieties, so it’s wise to learn as much as you can before purchasing a property.
Who owns the tank?
Typically the company that refills and services the propane tank will also own it. However, if the seller believes they own the tank on their property, they must produce a bill of sale before you close and legally transfer the bill of sale to you at the time of closing. It is illegal for propane companies to fill tanks owned by other companies, so it is important for everyone involved to show proof of ownership.
We know you’re going to enjoy owning a home powered by propane. It’s an affordable, efficient alternative to gas or electric power, and it will serve you well for many years to come. If you have additional questions about what to expect when you buy a property that’s fueled with propane, feel free to call the friendly staff at Greenwell’s Propane Gas.