How to Sell a Property within 10 Days in Any Market ~ #17 The Art of the Fireplace ~ by Silicon Valley Realtor® Pat Kapowich

#17 The Art of the Fireplace by Realtor® Pat Kapowich

(Note: Our Before & After Fireplace Improvements are at the Bottom of Post)

How to Sell a Home in 10 or Fewer Days in Any Market #17 The Fireplace ~ by Pat Kapowich

The Fireplace, Chimney, Firebox, Hearth and Mantle are often the most neglected features of a home. Experts agree that neglecting creosote build-up on the interior of a chimney is asking for a dreaded "chimney fire." Before to entering "the market," it is important to have a chimney cleaned as well as its components inspected by a licensed professional.

Brushes are still used to "Sweep" the Chimney

Before & After Chimney Sweeping

The "Cost" of Saving Money on Chimney Cleanings 

Broken and/or Cracked fireplaces are dangerous and need to be addressed as soon as possible. Make sure a Licensed Professional using a Permit is in place. The building inspector and the permit are your "insurance policies" for proper workmanship and safety. Homeowners and their agents can add value on several levels by marketing "Rebuilt Chimney with a Permit.”

Cracks are noted by Home Inspectors or Chimney Inspectors

What a Crack can Lead to Over Time

Rebuilding the Chimney will Pay Huge Dividends 

Replacing a damaged damper inside the "throat" of a fireplace can be expensive. A new Chimney Cap with a built-in Spark Arrestor, and Damper can replace the original rusted or warped damper, which is either stuck in place and/or not sealing properly.

Damper is often Warped, Stuck and Letting Cold Air into the Home

 New Dampers can be Installed

Replacement is between the Smoke Shelf and Throat the Fireplace

Less Expensive Alternative is the Chimney Cap, Spark Arrester and Damper Combo

 The Damper inside a Chimney Cap comes with a Chain and Handle which is secured just inside the Opening of the Fireplace.

There are Several Methods to Clean Smoke Damaged Bricks to return to the Original "like-new" Appearance

Others just clean the bricks to the best of their ability to remove smoke damage. I like to paint the firebox with high-temp flat black stove paint.

Clean Bricks of Smoke

  1. Original Owners 
  2. First Time on the Market in over 40 years 
  3. 2008
  4. Sold in the Great Recession 
  5. Over List Price
  6. in 5 Days in 2008?!
  7. Live Presentation of 5-Offer

We often just simply paint the fireplace, mantle, hearth, walls, remove the carpet, and refinish the original hardwood floors. The result is always a stunning transformation.


During (2009)


  1. 2009, Sold in the Great Recession 
  2. Over List Price
  3. Sold in 8 Days in 2009?!
  4. Live Presentation of Multiple-Offers 




  1. First Time on the Market in over 60 years 
  2. Over List Price with one offer?!
  3. In 2 Weeks
  4. with One Offer Presented Live



Original Owners

  1. First Time on the Market in over 37 years 
  2. Sold Over List Price
  3. In 2 Weeks
  4. with Live Presentation of 8-Offers 





  1. First Time on the Market in over 50 years 
  2. Over List Price
  3. in 8 Days
  4. with Live Presentation of Multiple-Offers

A Trusted Name in Silicon Valley Real Estate since 1988.

Pat was named the 2014 Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

President’s Choice” Award Winner

“For demonstrating the principles of good real estate practice among brokers; for promoting and protecting home ownership and property rights for all; and for distinguished service to the members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® and the community at large.”

Best Regards,

Pat Kapowich, REALTOR®

  • Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB)
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
  • Certified Residential Broker (CRS)
  • Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI)
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)


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 A Trusted Name in Real Estate since 1988.

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From: Richard Marquis, Receivership Specialists

RE: Recommendation for Pat Kapowich

I am writing you today to provide my highest recommendation for Pat Kapowich of Kapowich Real Estate. I recently had the pleasure of working with Pat on the successful sale of a single family residence in Sunnyvale, California. The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, appointed our company to sell the property on behalf of disputing parties after the death of a family member. Because one of the parties to the lawsuit was still occupying the home and the property needed attention, we believed this would be a very challenging assignment.

We engaged Pat Kapowich to list the property for sale and we were immediately impressed with his professionalism and his earnest desire to assist us in all facets of the sale process. Not only did Pat assist me with selecting vendors and overseeing the repairs that needed to be completed at the property, he also was instrumental in convincing the occupant of the property to cooperate throughout the sale process. Pat went far and beyond the call of duty on several occasions, assisting the occupant with moving her personal property and making hotel arrangements upon her vacating of the property.

After receiving over a dozen offers on the property, Pat was very helpful in negotiating with bidders and getting us to final sales price of $1,268,000, which was $300,000 or 25% over the appraised value.

It goes without saying that I look forward to working with Pat again and I have no reservations about providing him with my highest recommendation.

Please feel free to contact me direct if you would like to further discuss my experience with Pat.


Rick Marquis

Court Receiver