Going Green: How to Raise Your Home’s Resell Value

I had the opportunity to “meet” Brian MacMillan a real estate agent in the Denver/Boulder area (an absolutely great place to live as I have family and friends who live there… my first plane trip was to visit family there at three years old) recently. Below is his guest post giving you some advice on some green things you can do in your home to improve the resale value of your home. If you’re considering a Boulder Colorado relocation, or would like to chat about Broomfield Colorado real estate (or any real estate in Colorado), please contact him today.

Learning how to make eco-friendly improvements to your house may go a long way towards increasing the resell value if you ever plan on heading for greener pastures. And speaking of green, most people really do look for environmentally-conscious features in new houses, apartments, condos, or others potential abodes.

The plain and simple truth is: green is good. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the check book, and it’s good when it comes to making your home more appealing to potential buyers.

So what can you do to make your home greener, and therefore more attractive to house hunters? As it turns out, you can do quite a lot.

Here’s a look at three improvements you can make to your home in order to make it more eco-friendly and, in turn, more valuable.

Going Green for Value | Efficient Appliances

It can be very expensive to use inefficient appliances. An old fridge or dishwasher can set you back many more dollars than you need to spend.

By going through your home and replacing your appliances with newer, more efficient ones, you can not only save on the amount of money you pay in utilities immediately, but you can also make your home more appealing to folks looking to buy a new and greener place to live.

Here’s a list of a few of your home’s appliances that you’ll want to replace with more energy-efficient models:

  • Washing Machine / Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator / Freezer
  • Stove / Oven
  • Air Conditioning Units

Going Green for Value | Roofing Alternatives

Believe it or not, there’s something more effective than using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs to pique the interest of prospective home buyers.

In today’s Culture of Green, a more eco-conscious roof is one of the most important aspects of an environmentally friendly house.

Do you remember your mother always telling you to wear a hat on your head when you go out in the cold because that’s where all the heat escapes from? Well, the same is true of your house. Heat rises, and if you don’t have a well-built roof, it can just leave through the top of your home and escape into the great unknown, leaving you with higher energy bills for trying to heat a leaky space.

There are alternatives to your current roof that could help cut down on energy costs and make your home more alluring on the real estate market.

  • Metal — Metal roofs reflect energy from the sun, allowing them to stay cooler than you might think. This also serves to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Green — One interesting practice that is becoming popular among the green community, is to own a living roof. Keeping grass, veggies, flowers, or other garden ingredients on your roof is a great way to protect energy efficiency and utilize unused space for positive gains.
  • Cool Coating — With a thick consistency and an ability to extend efficiency and longevity, cold roof coats are becoming a popularly simple way to improve one’s home.

Going Green for Value | Get Certified

There’s something to be said for bureaucracy when it comes to going green. Even if you make your house exponentially more efficient in the physical sense, there’s nothing that can compete with getting a certification from the government that tells others that your home is green.

The US Green Building Council is the developer of the nationally recognized LEED rating system for efficient construction.

If your home uses less energy, water, and electricity than the GBC’s stated limit, then you could qualify to get your home LEED certified.

This is a like a shining gold star on your resume when looking for someone to buy your home. Not only will they see your home is eco-friendly–based on the efficient appliances and new roof–but they’ll see that it is OFFICIALLY eco-friendly, to boot.

You can’t go wrong by going green in your home. You’ll help protect the environment, you’ll lower utility costs for yourself, and you’ll raise the resell value of your home when it comes time to move on. It’s a win-win-win scenario.


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