Top Green Features Buyers Seek in a Home

by Beth Belloise 10/25/2019

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Homeowners looking to get top dollar for their house often invest in improvements to make their home more appealing to prospective buyers. Sure, they can slap up a coat of paint and make other minor cosmetic improvements, but these won’t necessarily increase their home’s value.

In a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors®, eco-friendly homes and energy-efficient products are in high demand with 59% of realtors® responding homeowners were “very” or “somewhat” interested in sustainability. Agents also indicate promoting energy efficiency in their listings increases buyer response.

Adding Energy-Star rated appliances is a great start—here are other top green features you can consider adding to your home.

1. New Windows and Doors

Older windows and doors allow drafts, burning extra fuel and electricity for heating and cooling.  Installing Energy-Star rated (or triple-pane, glass, insulated) windows and a high-quality door promote energy efficiency. As a bonus, they boost a home’s resale value. Homeowners who install windows see a return of investment (ROI) of roughly 70% and steel doors about 75%. They also save 7% to 15% on their energy bill after the installation. Not a bad ROI!

2. Add a Solar Water Heater

Solar water heaters cost between $6,000 and $17,000, so it’s not a cheap upgrade, but you might want to consider this investment. Solar heaters increase the value and marketability of your home and can add a 4% to 4.5% resale value. Plus, you’ll save on your energy bills while you’re still in your home.

3. Replace Bathroom Fixtures

Toilets, sinks, and shower heads installed prior to the mid-1990s are water hogs and don’t meet current federal, water-saving standards for fixtures. The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency recommends homeowners buy fixtures with the “WaterSense” labels. With these upgrades, you can save big on water and on utility bills. Some statistics suggest even minor bathroom upgrades will bring you a 102% ROI. A renovated kitchen and bathroom definitely perk a buyer’s interest, but these days energy-efficient upgrades will get you a better ROI than the usual remodels.

4. Upgrade Insulation

The quality of home insulation matters because it has a direct impact on your heating and cooling bills. Angie’s List reports two-thirds of homes in the U.S. aren’t properly insulated. Homes over 10 years old are likely not insulated to current standards. If you want to upgrade your insulation, a good place to start is in the attic because you can recoup 116% of your costs.

By adding green features, you’ll increase your home’s appeal and better solidify your asking price. If you want to learn more about Energy Star appliances or how green features add value to a home, feel free to reach out!

About the Author
Author

Beth Belloise

Beth has been a Florida resident for more than 40 years and knows the Tampa Bay area intimately. She began her career in real estate in 2001, obtained her broker’s license in 2007 and started Belloise Realty Tropical, Inc. in 2008. Beth recently formed Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a service driven, innovative brokerage geared towards selling the Florida Tropical Lifestyle. Though serving all the West Pasco and Northern Pinellas area, Beth and her team specialize in waterfront properties. She has been a resident of the Gulf Harbors waterfront community since 2000 and is passionate about the west coast of Florida & Gulf Harbors tropical lifestyle, incredible sunsets, and wonderful community. If you were to ask Beth just what she loves about living in the area, her reply would be quite simple, everything. As a person who is naturally drawn to the water and sun, Beth takes full advantage of all the amenities the Florida coast area offers. From boating and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to watching the dolphins swim in her back yard, it’s rare to find this nature lover indoors. For Beth, every aspect of her home, the picturesque sunsets, sparkling gulf waters, natural wildlife and the genuine people, allow her to stay grounded and focused on what really matters. The west coast of Florida is a place like no other to live, vacation or retire.   

Beth has a passion for being the very best at what she does. She and her agents stay up to date daily on what new homes have gone on the market and what the market value is for home sellers. Tropical Life Realty is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust. Clients appreciate their down-to-earth style, which gives them a high degree of confidence and trust knowing that Tropical Life Realty always has the client’s best interest at heart. Beth’s years of experience, combined with hers and her agent’s genuine approach, make Tropical Life Realty uniquely qualified to connect extraordinary people with the extraordinary tropical lifestyle. Beth and her agents “live and breathes real estate” 365 days a year, they are all very passionate about their neighbors and the community.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in this area, give Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a call today. Tropical Life Realty provides a higher level of service that is a breath of fresh air during your important transaction to a new home or selling yours. Call Tropical Life Realty today — you’ll be glad you did so that you can start living the Tropical Life! 

Real Estate Experience
• Broker
• Listing Agent
• Buyer’s Agent
• Short Sales
• HUD homes
• New home construction
• Investment properties
• Land
• Re-Sale homes
• For sale by owner homes
• Bank-owned properties
• Commercial property
• Property management

Beth is also a licensed Notary.