with energy prices soring, everybody is looking for ways to conserve. if you live in my house, its taking a cold shower in the dark and reading by candle light, however, not everybody has that kind of dedication to lowering the electric bill.
so what happens when youre trying to move your investment property or your primary home that was built in 1998 (in a great “the bigger the better” market) in a down market?
you get the buyer asking you questions about windows and if your house is green? the obvious answer is “i have plants, but its not a green house…”
Green housing conversions are not as scary or costly as they sound. Additionally, green conversions will move your property 30% faster than if you dont convert.
so how’s it done and whats this going to cost?
- buy energy star appliances. they will cost you or your perspective buyer 50% less on your energy bill.
- throw in a tank less water heater
- put a water barrel out back to collect rain water to water your water wise grass
- put some overhangs in to add shade to your windows so you dont have to crank the AC to 69 degrees on a hot day
theres plenty that you can do to convert your home to a green home without spending a ton of cash and whatever you spend, you will make up on the sale.