If you spend extra for tankless sellers may like it, but will not pay extra. I do not expect to find a tankless water heater in a house I buy and unless you are extremely top end I doubt most other buyers would either.
Thank you for inquiring via Trulia. Since I am not a hot water expert, I would recommend that you shop around for the most cost efficient conventional water heater that you could purchase. Buyers today seem to prefer the conventional unit vs the tank less. Another important item is that the unit is large enough for all use, ie; bathing for x number of people, washing clothes and a diswasher.
I hope that this is helpful to you. If you are in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, I would be more than happy to list your property for sale. Please feel free to give me a call at 412-521-5100x133 Northwood Realty Services.
I have been in the real estate business for 21 years and would like to make you another "happy seller."
Thank you, Pam McIver
As you are selling, I would not put the money into a tankless hot water heater. Although they are very energy efficient, and "green", the payback for the up front expense would be at least 10 years. Likewise you will find that most buyers will think it is "nice", but you will never see a dollar for dollar increase in your sales price versus this investment. I like AOSmith, or Rheem in terms of brand names. You may consider a 50 gallon or larger if your home is 3-5 BR's. You may also want to consider a direct vent, versus venting it thru an old chimney if that is your situation today. It will function in a more energy efficient manner, and will not cause problems with an older chimney over time. Good luck with your purchase, and if you need a good agent to list your home, do not hesitate to call us at 412.716.8634.
You could also allow the buyer to make the decision themselves and say that you'll put in up to "x" dollars towards a new water heater. You could have the amount held in escrow until they get the bill/receipt from the installer of the unit. This way, they can't say that they spent more than what was actually spent.
And the amount you would "give" would be up to you. See what the prices are for good tank heaters and perhaps put a price just above that. Let them decide. See what your Realtor says as well.
Terrence Charest, e-Pro