Saturday, October 31, 2015

Are Sprinklers Necessary?

As each state forced sprinklers on new home construction, the first to feel the effects of this "forced upon new home buyers" regulation was almost always the modular housing community.

Adding sprinklers is estimated to add at least an additional $5,000 to cost of building an average home if connected to a public water supply and almost double that if you live in the country.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the fire survival rate in homes with a working smoke detector is 99.41 percent. Adding a sprinkler system raises to 99.6 percent.

Does the added .19 percent really justify the additional expense of adding a sprinkler system to the construction of a new home?

The addition of a sprinkler system to the new construction of a single-family dwelling should be an informed choice that the person paying the freight should be allowed to make – not something forced upon him.

Let the buyer make an informed choice about sprinklers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In addition to the upfront cost to install, many local water authorities also charge $100 annual fee just "because you have a sprinkler system" plus an annual test of the backflow prevention device, another couple hundred dollars a year. Buyers beware!