With climate change at the forefront of everyone’s mind, everyone wants to become more environmentally conscious. This means that more eco-friendly products will continue to become more readily available. The housing market, specifically, is feeling the effects of a client-base looking for more eco-friendly options. Homeowners want to make sure their homes are efficient and environmentally friendly.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, consider making a few eco-friendly renovations to help improve your home value and pique the interest of today’s environmentally conscious buyer. Here are some eco-friendly upgrades that will add value to your property:
In reality, many homes could use upgraded windows. However, spending a little extra on high-efficiency windows could help you recoup more of the cost during a sale. High-efficiency windows are typically coated with special layers that help better reflect light. This keeps your home cooler and puts less stress on the thermostat. If energy-efficient windows are not in your budget, making sure you have new storm windows with weather stripping and proper caulking is also a great budget option.
The thermostat controls most of your home’s energy. The AC and furnace are all controlled by the thermostat, which is why you need to make sure your thermostat is on par with modern standards. Most new homes built these days contain smart thermostats. These thermostats have modern features that make them easier to use and more energy-efficient in the home. For instance, many smart thermostats can be controlled with an app on your phone. Additionally, these units also learn your habits and cater your HVAC system to work efficiently throughout the day. Smart thermostats also let the user know when to change the air filter and they can be programmed for special occasions like taking a vacation.
One of the easiest ways to make your home more eco-friendly is by upgrading your appliances to energy efficient options. Some of the most popular upgrades include:
- Dual flush or water conserving toilets.
- Modern water heaters or tankless water heaters.
- New furnaces or heaters.
- Switching from a heater or furnace to a heat pump.
- New AC systems or ductless mini split AC systems.
- Installing a water filtration system to cut down on bottled water use.
- High-efficiency washer and dryers.
Tasks such as sealing cracks and fixing leaks should also be done before putting your home on the market. These small chores can help conserve water and energy in your home. Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint, but it will save on energy costs as well.
Interested in learning more about improving home value with eco-friendly upgrades? Contact My Santa Cruz Real Estate at 800-226-4717 today to speak with one of our real estate experts.