Green, the Smarter Way to Go…

TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME!

Green homes are increasingly in demand, can sell faster, and for more money than comparable houses without eco-friendly features. “More money?” A new study conducted by national appraisal experts says the answer most probably is yes, often tens of thousands of dollars more. So, what are some of the most in demand features you can add to your home? Below, we’ll walk through a few features that will have your home selling at a higher sales price:

SOLAR PANELS
Are extremely attractive to buyers who like that a system is already in place; they can simply move in and enjoy the benefits.

SMART WATER-LEAK DETECTION
Uses intelligent-water technology like the Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff, which is installed on the main water line after the meter. This device analyzes your home’s water usage 240 times per second to detect tiny changes in water pressure. Not only can you target invisible water leaks and make repairs to reduce your water footprint, but the device also shuts off the water in an emergency.

NEW WINDOWS
Homebuyers are sure to like the updated appearance of new windows, plus they’ll appreciate the savings from increased energy efficiency. The heat gain and loss through windows are responsible for 25-30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Dept.

LANDSCAPING AND TREESCAPING
The right landscaping will provide a wonderful visual allure to a home, but it can do so much more than that. Strategically planting trees and shrubbery can provide bountiful eco-friendly benefits.

SMART THERMOSTAT
Programmable thermostats are the norm for today’s houses, allowing homeowners to set a schedule and forget it. Savvy homeowners looking to get the most out of green improvements during resale should consider a smart thermostat.

Remember that every little thing we do will add value not just to our homes, but to our standards of living and preserving the planet for the next generation.

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS YOU CAN USE TO GO GREEN:
Just by switching to compact fluorescent lighting, it will last 10 times longer in your home. You can also make your appliances last longer by waiting for a full load for your washer and dryer, cleaning the lint filter every time you do a load, or air drying when the weather is great. Plus, you can air-dry in your dishwasher as well. For gardening, use water from your bathtub, sink, or washing machine, known as grey water, to water your garden, as it only contains biodegradable soap. Whether you’re moving soon or will sometime in the future, green home improvements definitely boost value now!

By ANITA LAMBERTI, P.A. CIPS, TRC
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE
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