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Propane Tanks - Renting vs. Buying?
Prospective propane customers often have the option of either buying or leasing a propane tank for their needs. There are pros and cons for both the rental and purchase of propane tanks that should be taken into consideration when deciding between buying a tank or leasing one. It really boils down to a few things:
How much does the propane tank cost to buy versus how much does it cost to rent?
What are the terms of the lease tank contract?
Do you want to be tied to buying gas to the tank that owns the tank?
Additionally, propane companies have differing policies that factor into the decision of whether to rent or buy. There are obviously too many factors involved with tank rental versus purchase while individual circumstances vary widely but the overall process is outlined here and will hopefully help with your decision.
Buying a Propane Tank - New Tank Purchase
Purchasing a propane tank is more common than renting one in some parts of the country. A propane tank purchase price will generally include the piping from the tank to the house as well as all regulators, fittings, gas and other installation related parts. But i found a few companies that do charge for those items. So ask about any additional fees.These costs associated with a tank purchase are common throughout the propane industry and are explained to customers prior to the installation. Most companies will not sell and install a tank without filling it with propane. Nor will a dealer sell a tank to an unlicensed individual for installation by themselves. If choosing to buy, the gas company selling the tank will likely have financing available for qualified buyers or the tank can be paid for at the time of installation. One of the primary advantages of buying and owning the tank is that the customer can buy propane from whatever gas company they choose. Other issues to consider with buying a propane tank:
Prices vary based on the size of the propane tank to be purchased
Tank financing is often available with approved credit with one year terms.
Warranty on tank, parts and labor should be discussed with the propane company prior to purchase.
Propane prices sometimes differ for customers that own their own tank.
Selling your home doesn't burden the next owner with acquiring propane service as the tank is part of the sale.
Propane Tank Rental - Leasing a Tank
Leasing a propane tank is an option that many potential customers have, provided they meet certain requirements. Many propane companies require a minimum annual propane usage,
Several things to think about if renting a tank is an option:
Company owned tanks are maintained by the propane company so any repairs to the tank will generally be taken care of by the propane company.
All propane must be purchased from the company that owns the tank. Buying gas from another company will likely result in the termination of the tank lease.
Most propane companies require that rental tanks are filled by scheduled delivery (automatic filling) which is much safer and protective of the customer.
Propane companies pay very close attention to their lease tanks for their customers' protection as well as their own.
Lease tank contracts often give the propane company the legal right to enter property to inspect the tank.
Moving to a new home will require you to notify your propane company of your relocation.
All in all, the differences between buying a propane tank outright and leasing one boil down to the maintenance of the tank and who is responsible for the repair cost. If leasing a tank, always ask them about maintenance? Who pays for repairs?
Know the Size You Need
When using propane, you need to know what tank size will fit your needs. You can use propane for almost every appliance in your home. Create a list of the appliances you want to switch to propane, and your tank installer can help you determine the tank size that will fulfill your needs. But, we’ve listed some of the most popular sizes to help guide your decision.
20LB tanks work for gas grills and smaller needs, like a fireplace. This size will not work for heating a home. But, it’s easy to buy more tanks and have a backup supply
420LB tanks are big enough to use as a heating solution. They can power generators, swimming pools, propane fireplaces, and more. This tank is also known as a 100-gallon tank because it holds 100 gallons of propane.
1,000-gallon tanks are perfect if you have a large home. It can provide home heating, cooking, pool heating, and more. This tank size is best for homes at least 4,500 square feet, and you can always buy a 500-gallon tank for the same effect in a smaller home.
RESIDENTIAL TANK INSTALLATION (Location on Property)
Now as i state in my Builders Guide...Consider the propane company when it comes to Delivery
& filling it up. Make sure wherever you end up having your propane tank that the Company delivering can get to it easily enough, specially during winter time. Cause if they cant get to it,
you may be out of luck. For me, i put mine closer to the road on my property, easy access for them. They dont need to even drive on my property.
Where Do You Put It?
There are two main places you can put a propane tank: above ground and underground.
The most common propane tank option is above-ground because it’s easier to fill and
maintain. You should base the placement of the propane tank on the size of the tank.
Level Surface- you can put a concrete pad in for a propane tank, but its not required.
As long as its level & stable where you put it.
How far from my house do I need to place my propane tank?
When planning your installation, make sure you lay out the space so that the tank will be at
least 10 feet from the house; 10 feet from the property line; 10 feet from exhaust vents and windows; and 10 feet from any ignition source, like window air-conditioning units, compressors,
or open flames. Where does my propane tank need to be placed for refilling and maintenance?
Make sure the tank is near the driveway or a road, preferably flat and paved, while still following the 10-feet rule above. (Can not be near any structures)
When you’re new to the world of propane, it’s important to ask your installer questions!
They’re there to support you through this process. Before you install the tank, reach out
to your installation company and ask them what tank and location would be right for your
home. You should contact them again a few days before installation to go over instructions.
They can explain to you everything you need to do before they arrive. After the installation process, your installer will talk to you about how to properly use the tank. Ask them any
questions about maintenance and usage you might have. Remember, you can always
contact them with any questions you might have after the process is complete.
Make Room for Delivery (installing propane tank)
Finally, you need to create a clear path for delivery vehicles. The bath needs to be accessible to the machinery that will install the tank. Debris, obstacles, and anything blocking the road to the installation site needs to be clear. This also needed when they fill up propane as well.
Best Investment / Ways to Help Increase Value In Your Home
Have Your Home Inspected
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can't fix it if you don't know it's broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value.
Why a new roof is a good investment?
Investing in a new high quality roof can increase the value of your home by improving functionality, energy efficiency, stability, and curb appeal for your property. So, whether
you're planning on selling or looking to invest in the security and personal value of your
home, a new roof is a wise investment.
Does a deck add value to a home?
Building a deck is a practical, reliable, and cost-effective way to increase your home value. Building a deck allows you to add outdoor living space to your home.
Building a deck is worth your investment because it enables you
to extend your living space give you more of that wanted square footage.
Improve Energy Efficiency To Your Home
While design costs, options, and styles vary, most energy-efficient homes have some basic elements in common: a well- constructed and tightly sealed thermal envelope; controlled ventilation; properly sized, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; and energy-efficient doors, windows.
Small changes make a big impact
Making sure the home doesn’t show signs of “needing of having maintenance done”
will give you the absolute best return on your investment. These changes don’t have
to be big renovations. They can be small updates to the home, including:
*Cleaning up the property
*Fixing windows with leaks
*Repairing any gas leaks
*Filling in caulk or grout that needs repair
What adds biggest value to property?
Home Improvements That Add Value....The Kitchen.
If adding value to your home is the goal, the kitchen is likely the place to start.
What Are the Important Kitchen Updates that Add Home Value?
*Cabinet Refacing and Refinishing. ...
*Update Your Kitchen Countertops. ...
*Modern Tile Backsplash. ...
*Invest in New Kitchen Appliances. ...
*Don't Forget About Kitchen Light Fixtures.
Updated bathrooms are key for adding value to your home.
What bathroom features add value to a home?
*Brighter, more natural lighting will appeal to buyers.
*Adding a Jacuzzi tub or Installing heated floors.
*Change Tiles and Flooring. Switching up the shape, size, design, or color of tiles can improve both function and style in a bathroom. ...
*Upgrade Your Toilet. ...
*Prioritize Ventilation. ...
*Maximize Storage. ...
*Upgrade Lighting. ...
*Swap Accessories and Fixtures.
Taking unused space and making it into useful living space area.
From Garage to Comfy Rec Room
Taking an Unfinished Basement to Movie Theater or living room
Smart Homework Station in the kitchen
Taking a porch and making it part of Living Room / Sun Room/
Adding on Above the Garage, you could make an additional bedroom or office space,
to making a mother-in-law living space. To going that one extra step and renting it out.
I just seen recently a garage, that had a second floor built to it, but was not being utilized
at all but as storage. It had all the great possibilities to being a great investment in turning
the upper area into a space for renting out. With the way places are renting for, why shouldnt
we if we can, to start making a little extra cash for space just sitting their not being used.
Is it worth it to convert attic?
With planning and the right materials, it's possible to convert an attic into a living space that makes your home even more livable for your family while you're staying in place. Plus, it will enhance your home's value down the road when you're ready to move up.
Best Spot for a Greenhouse ?
Try to situate the greenhouse lengthwise from north to south rather than east to west.
This position provides the structure with more light and less shade. While unobstructed
sunlight is important, afternoon shade may be as important depending upon the types
of plants grown and the time of year they are grown.
How to keep greenhouse cool in hot weather?
A shade cloth, either internal or external, will help block the intense rays of summer sunlight. Make sure shade is in place before the heat of the day, then remove the cloth on cooler days. Ventilation, in the form of roof or side vents, keeps air moving and prevents buildup of heat.
If ventilation is limited, you may need to run a fan (or two) to circulate the air. Be sure to keep greenhouse plants well watered during hot weather.
Types of Covering ?
The covering you choose for your greenhouse has a substantial impact on the quality of the plants you grow and your home’s return on investment. When thinking about the material for your coverings for your greenhouse, you’ll look at:
Glass: Looks nice, but glass isn’t the best covering for retaining heat.
and due to weather, replacing pane glass could occur often, being more costly.
Fiberglass: The best option for dispersing light among your plants, but the longevity
has some drawbacks. Fiberglass is susceptible to sun.
Polycarbonate: Like glass, allows plenty of light in, but is much stronger and more durable.
Polyethylene film: Usually only last 2-5 years, it is the most commonly used greenhouse
cover, mostly due to its low cost and simple maintenance. Has a not so pleasing of a look..
Benefits of using a greenhouse:
-Provides a protected place for seedlings and other tender plants.
-Extends the growing season..
-May allow you to garden year-round.
-Provides protection from many pests.
Do you live in a windy area ?
Protect your greenhouse from strong winds by choosing a semi-sheltered location.
For example, tucked near the side of a house, fence, or other structure, rather than
in the middle of an open field. Another thing to consider is the cover product your
buying, is it wind resistant, can it handle it? Some small kits made of cheap plastic
dont do so well or last long in strong winds.
Ground/Floor of your Greenhouse
And Finally when it comes to Building a Greenhouse consider the bottom part,
i learnt afterwards how easily it was for a critter to just dig a tunnel and go right
into the greenhouse. No fun when you put so much effort into getting nice
veggies for a critter to reap the awards of your labor.