How to Sell a Property within 10 Days in Any Market ~ #17 The Art of the Fireplace


by Pat Kapowich


 The Art of the Fireplace 

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

The Forgotten Fireplace enhances Kapowioh Listings

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."  Prior 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

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Before & After Chimney Sweeping

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The "Cost" of Saving Money on Chimney Cleanings 

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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

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What a Crack can Lead to Over Time

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Rebuilding the Chimney will Pay Huge Dividends 

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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

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 New Dampers can be Installed

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Replacement is between the Smoke Shelf and Throat the Fireplace

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

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

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

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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

Original Owners 

First Time on the Market in over 40 years 

2008, Sold in the Great Recession 

Over List Price

in 5 Days

with Live Presentation of 5-Offers 


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)




2009, Sold in the Great Recession 

Over List Price

in 8 Days

with Live Presentation of Multiple-Offers 







First Time on the Market in over 60 years 

Over List Price

in 2 Weeks

with One Offer Presented Live







Original Owners

First Time on the Market in over 37 years 

Sold Over List Price

in 2 Weeks

with Live Presentation of 8-Offers 








First Time on the Market in over 50 years 

Over List Price

in 8 Days

with Live Presentation of Multiple-Offers


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In 2014, Pat was named the 2013 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)

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