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  • Writer's pictureJesse Ledbetter

Why generators rarely add value.

How much does my generator add to the value of my home? Little, if any. Lets look at the math.

A generator will cost between $7,500 and $15,000 for a typical set up.

The average United States citizen will lose their power for 5 hours this year. There are 8,760 hours in a year. This amounts to a use of the generator of 1/1752th of the year.


1/1752 * $15,000 = $8.56... when your generator is brand new. If you live in an area where power outages are markedly higher than the national average, then your property value is likely suffering far in excess of the value that any generator could add.


A generator does provide value - peace of mind, assurance that refrigerated medicine will stay cool, etc, but very rarely will this amenity add market value to your home.


Lastly, in researching this blog, I noted that the only websites that said generators add value to your home are from companies attempting to sell you a generator.


Buyer beware.

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