Living a Green Lifestyle
Is green living important to you as you search for your new home? Partnering with your Real Living real estate agent, you can determine which environmentally conscious steps have already been taken on homes that pique your interest and which steps are needed to bring a home up to your level of environmental commitment. Here are a few questions to ask sellers and things to research on your buyer’s journey:
- Is the seller willing to share a year’s worth of energy bills? How much is spent each month and each season can tell you quite a lot about a home’s energy efficiency.
- Are the current appliances remaining with the home after the sales? If yes, do the appliances feature the Energy Star label?
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Drafts can be prevented easily with weather stripping but look into the current state so you’re well-informed.
- Are the flooring, cabinetry and countertop materials eco-friendly?
- In the bathrooms, do toilets showerheads and faucets use low-flow features?
- Ask for documentation on when the HVAC system was last checked and cleaned.
- Are your pipes well-insulated and is the home’s water heater working properly? Is it an energy-friendly tankless variety?
Real Living real estate realtors can help you find the home that matches your needs and your preference for green living.
SELLING WITH GREEN LIVING IN MIND
Many buyers prioritize environmentally conscious homes as important in their home search. When it’s time to sell your home, our Real Living agents can walk you through steps to help make your home environmentally friendly and put your best foot forward. Consider these ideas:
- List any energy-saving or eco-friendly features in your home and make the list easily available to prospective buyers.
- Replace any outdated or poorly running appliances. Purchase appliances that are Energy Star certified since energy-efficient appliances are often the first things potential buyers notice.
- Provide copies of previous energy bills so prospects can see firsthand how energy-efficient your home is.
- Invest in a tankless water heater.
- Conserve energy by ensuring your attic insulation is up to par.
- Add weather stripping to your windows and doors to prevent drafts and air leaks.
Ready to sell your home? Contact our Real Living experts to get you moving.