9:39 AM 01/08/2013
I am planning have no gas in my house.
People keep telling me how good of an investment it is to have gas in the house.
If you saw a beatiful place in the right location, would you walk out because it has no gas- but a electric/ceran cooktop ? Let me know ...
I have a gas cooktop for years now in my home, and I like the whole caveman and fire thing.
But other than that - it´s ugly, it´s hard to clean and you can´t cook on low heat.
No gas would be a dealbreaker for me. For a month or two, fine, but for a longer term rental, wouldn't do it. In fact, we actually turned down what was otherwise a perfectly decent rental for this very reason. We cook a great deal, so we might be alone on this one, but you asked!
10:04 AM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
As someone who loves to cook, no gas is a deal-breaker. When renting we only went with gas kitchens and when we bought, places that didn't have stoves or at least gas running in the house that could easily be accessed for a stove, were off the list.
That said, we also were only considering places with decent-sized kitchens. If it were really small, the size not the electric stove, would have been main problem for me as someone who cooks a lot.
Also, having used both, I think gas stove tops look much nicer than thaose flat cooktops and are easier to clean. I've not used the latest in cooktops so they may be better, but I hated the older one I used.
10:12 AM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
i cook every day and entertain and i would replace our 5 burner new gas range with an electric induction cooktop if i could. we have a little kid and gas is scary when you have someone 3 ft tall running under your feet at the stove. the electric indictions are fantastic, flexible in terms of where you can put them in the house, and gas STOVES are terrible for baking besides. so no, not a dealbreaker at all.
10:33 AM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
As an owner, it would be a deal breaker. I'd factor in the cost of bringing the gas in, setting up the new cooktop and deduct that from my offer, or better yet, have it added as a rebate upon closing
And, most people who enjoy cooking on a gas cooktop also prefer an electric oven.
As far as a rental is concerned, I doubt it's hinder your ability to rent it.
10:38 AM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
Thanks so much for your input, good points!
Because I am in it for the long run, I haven´t even thought about reasale value before this post...
My idea was that I could save $ 20.000 (not sure if that´s the right number) for a brandnew 3 unit gas installation, which could then be spent towards a 6 KW PV solar system, which I personally consider a better investment.
11:13 AM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
Wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but people seem to be so very particular about their stoves and their tubs...
12:40 PM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
I think electric induction is going to become a lot more popular in the coming years, and some say gives you more control for cooking on. I was really close to installing it along with an electric wall oven in my renovation. But right now most buyers don't get it and would assume it's a cheap electric radiant cooktop so yeah I think it could hurt the resale.
12:52 PM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes
Yeah, if you like to cook, gas is usually essential for a cooktop. Have not cooked on the new induction ones, but do presume that these will likely convert a lot of gas lovers in the future. So, if you decide not to do gas, be sure to put in the state-of-the-art non-gas cooktop. I'd also see if you can find former gas cooktop lovers who have converted to preferring induction, or if there are those who have tried induction and haven't been convinced and still prefer gas. That should help you in making your decision as to whether gas is more preferred than the new induction cooktops, or not.
3:24 PM 01/08/2013 | 0 Votes