March 11, 2016 5:49 pm
This is one of the main reasons why the National Association of REALTORS® created a Green Designation for REALTORS® in 2008, providing agents with the tools and experience to understand and seek out properties with green features.
If you’re selling your house, it’s important that your agent makes note of every green feature found within the home, including energy-efficient appliances, air purifiers and anything else you’ve incorporated into the space. This is critical as many house hunters will automatically disregard a house if some mention of green isn’t included in the listing.
No matter what type of green features you’ve incorporated into your home over the years, there are plenty of smaller things you can do around the house to make it more appealing to those who come for showings. Start by replacing light bulbs with more energy-friendly CFLs, which use just 25 percent the electricity as normal bulbs.
In addition, installing ceiling fans in bedrooms and other areas will help circulate warm air in the winter and cool down the home in the summer, keeping heating and cooling costs lower throughout the year.
When it comes to the bathroom, you may want to consider adding a low-flow toilet, high-efficiency, motion sensor faucets or low-flow showerheads to truly attract those looking for green homes.
Larger projects such as adding a tankless water heater, replacing the furnace and installing energy-efficient windows can also go a long way toward helping your home sell quickly.
If your home has a lot of green features, create a takeaway pamphlet of all the advantages it has to offer. Just make sure it’s on recycled paper.
And last but not least, go the eco-friendly route and have a pitcher of filtered tap water at the ready for prospective buyers who come to view your home. Add some organic fruits and vegetables to the mix and use real plates and glassware to truly drive the point home.
Working with your agent to highlight your home’s eco-friendly features may be just what it takes to make the difference in completing the sale.
To learn more about going green, contact our office today.
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