With low inventory in the real estate market and high price tags to match, this year more homeowners have decided to upgrade their homes to fit their needs instead of buying a brand new place. Strategically executed home improvements not only make a home comfier now but are attractive to potential buyers in the future. Some of the most desirable home renovations include making homes more energy-efficient. Environmentally friendly designs are on young buyers’ minds and could mean huge savings on your energy bills.
#1 Energy Efficient Doors
The first fix is one of the earliest things buyers will see when visiting your home, the front door. Double or triple glass panes will reduce heat flow, and tighter and improved weather stripping frames can result in saving 10% on your heating and cooling costs. An energy-star-certified exterior door made from fibreglass not only looks authentic but is ideal for harsher climates (very cold or very humid). Unlike steel, they do not sweat but can be more expensive.
#2 Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater can immediately cut your energy bill. By some estimates, a well-placed tankless water heater could cut your monthly bills by 20%! The only downside of a tankless water heater is its expensive initial purchase price and installation cost.
A large portion of your energy usage comes from lighting. If you have windowless rooms or windows that are blocked, consider installing a skylight. Skylights are a great way to get natural lighting, and when opened, they can let in the fresh air. Ensure you get an energy star-certified skylight (they do not leak)!
Overall, switching to energy-efficient products is excellent for you, the environment and your future buyer. You can list your house for more money and help your buyers save on their future bills. Talk about a win-win situation! If you need any help making the switch to an energy-efficient home, please, contact us. We know the right people for this job!
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