| I'm currently doing up a one-bedroomed, two storey 1900's
| terraced house, and need to install HW/CH from scratch,
| I don't have gas in the place, but it's in the street so
| that is an option if need be, but I'd have installation
| costs to consider. Nor do I have an off-peak elec meter.
| Given the size of the place space is obviously at a premium,
| so I'm almost certainly not going to want an HW cylinder.
| The end objective is to sell the place on (or maybe let it),
| so the solution needs to be cost-effective from that point of
| view, but also attractive to a buyer (eg personally I doubt
| I'd want to buy a house with electric storage heating). ...
| I'm guessing a gas combi boiler would be the best bet,
| notwithstanding the cost of getting gas in, but am I missing
| anything? Eg, will I recoup the installation costs vs
| electric-only by making it more saleable?
It will certainly be 'more saleabl' but that is not the same as recouping
the cost of so doing, but it will cost nothing to get a local estate agent
round to value your house and ask 'if I put GCH in what would the impact on
value be?'. You can then compare that against the installation costs.
As well as the costs of providing a gas supply, a boiler and rads will
probably be more costly to install than electric panel heaters. However, if
you aren't going to have a HW cylinder you're limited to instantaneous hot
water, and a 10KW electric shower isn't the most exciting experience, and
people are getting more accustomed to the fact that combis provide
If you are *letting* then all-electric has the advantage that you don't need
a periodic gas inspection, but all-electric heating can have a reputation
for being expensive and difficult to control, and that will be reflected in
the rent tenants are prepared to pay.
If you are *letting* then you may want to spend a bit more on a Reliable
Make of Boiler, if you are doing up for a quick sale then you put in a cheap
one and scarper :-)
Finally, cheap Decorative Flame Effect gas fires are much cheaper and look
much better than electric ones, creating a nice focal point in the lounge,
and many people prefer a gas hob for cooking. Those points may help to
justify the cost of getting the gas supply put in - it's not just for the
HW/CH system but also benefits the lounge and kitchen.