Do you want to sell your home for the best asking price? Well, making your home more eco-friendly could help you do exactly this.
Eco-friendly homes usually attract prospective buyers who wish to reduce their carbon footprint. They also cater to an even bigger market of buyers who want to lower the cost of their household bills.
News about soaring gas prices and the increasing cost of living have left many seeking ways to reduce household costs.
An eco-friendly home can not only help preserve the environment, it can also significantly increase the overall value of a home.
Here’s everything sellers need to know about creating an eco-friendly home to generate a higher asking price.
Insulated properties sell for more
One of the first steps to creating an eco-friendly home is getting all areas of the property sealed to prevent draughts and being cold indoors.
Often, what happens is people living in a poorly insulated home burn more energy resources than necessary and this inflates the price of their household bills.
According to research, an improperly insulated property can lose up to 25% of heat through the roof. Getting a professional to fix this issue can help increase the overall Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating and help you sell your property for more money.
Making amends around the house to increase the EPC rating should be a top priority as this rating rating reflects how green the house is.
Also, buyers who are conscious of their carbon footprint and are searching for an eco-friendly home are likely to rely on the EPC rating to determine whether the home is for them.
Eco-friendly appliances increase value and appeal
With prospective buyers becoming more aware of their impact on the environment, having eco-friendly appliances dotted around the house will make you stand above the crowd during a property viewing.
Swapping traditional resources with eco-friendly alternatives and putting energy monitoring gadgets such as thermostats around the home can help increase the value of a property as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
Good Move recently announced that 20,000 gallons of water can be saved each year by simply replacing full-flow showerheads with low-flow models.
Before selling, check that the appliances around your home are in line with an environmentally-conscious buyer’s lifestyle. Do they work effectively? Do they prevent waste? If the answer to these questions is no, consider investing in eco-friendly replacements.
Renewable heating systems are worth investing in
The gas boiler ban, that comes into action in 2025, could also make buyers more hyper-aware of the limitations of owning a home with a gas boiler.
To make homes more eco-friendly, alternatives to traditional boilers such as biomass boilers and heat pumps could be explored instead.
Renewable heating systems can be pricy, however sellers in need of a helping hand can perhaps apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive. This incentive helps people who use renewable technologies to heat their homes with the installation and running costs.
Those not quite ready to invest in renewable heating systems should instead get gas boiler checks carried out by a professional once a year to ensure they work properly.
Energy savings interest buyers
Green homes with cheap energy bills could help you to sell your property for a higher price.
Renewable energy reduces monthly operating costs by 20- 30% and therefore will benefit the buyer in the long term.
In addition to this, the Department of Energy and Climate Change revealed that energy-saving improvements could increase its value of a home by up to 38%.
Sellers hoping to achieve the best asking price cannot overlook what buyers value in a new home. Ensuring the house fulfils these desires to be environmentally-friendly will attract buyers and increase the value of your property.
Finding out what your home is worth before and after making eco-friendly changes around your home can help to improve your sales journey.
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