If you are in the market for a new home, be sure to ask the questions discussed in today’s post if the home utilizes propane. There will be plenty of questions to ask the realtor or homeowner as you walk through the house, so adding a few more pertaining to the propane will not make much of a difference.
Who Owns the Propane Tank?
One of the most important questions you should ask centers around ownership of the propane tank. In many instances the homeowner owns the propane tank outright. There are instances where the tank is rented from a propane supplier. This will help you gauge how much you will need to spend monthly on both propane and rental fees, if it is not owned by the homeowner.
What is the Propane Used for?
The next question you should ask the realtor or homeowner centers around the use of the propane. Many homes use propane for appliances, such as outdoor grills, water heaters, stoves, clothes dryers and more. Prior to making an offer on the home you should determine whether or not the appliances will need to be upgraded.
Where is the Tank Located?
Find out ahead of time where the tank is located. If it is not outside the home, it is likely in the basement. Ask the realtor or homeowner to show you where the tank is located. Some tanks that are kept outside can be buried underground if they are owned by the homeowner. A pipe will then be installed from the underground tank to the house so the propane can be used. A second pipe will be installed so the tank can be refilled by the supplier.
What is the Size of the Tank?
The size of the tank is important when considering the purchase of a home with residential propane service. The larger the tank, the longer you will be able to go without having to get the tank refilled with more propane. This means you might only have to refill a couple times per winter season if it is only used to heat the home.