If you’re in the process of trying to sell your home, you’re probably looking for any way to make it more appealing to potential buyers. While you may think of home improvements as a way to make your home look nicer, have you ever considered the impact of an energy-efficient home?
By making some simple, low-cost changes, you can boost your home’s value, stand out from other listings, and attract more buyers. In this blog, we’ll look at the best ways to save energy, lower costs, and increase the value of your home.
The impact of energy efficiency on property values
The rising costs of utilities are something that many homeowners are struggling to keep up with. The majority of people looking for a new home look for sustainable properties with good (EPC) energy ratings and eco features that will help them keep their costs low.
Therefore, improving your home’s energy efficiency is important, especially if you’re planning to sell. Investing in these improvements not only saves you money in the short term but can also increase your home’s market value dramatically.
There has actually been a research from MoneySupermarket that has shown that improving EPC ratings are correlated with a higher property value in England, based on average property prices in the country.
Whether you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future or not, there are several reasons why you should consider improving your energy efficiency.
Creating an energy-efficient home
One of the most important things you can do to make your home more energy efficient is to make sure it’s well-insulated. The presence of a breeze or draught might prevent a sale or lower the house’s value for potential buyers.
Heat and cool air can easily escape through cracks and gaps in your home’s walls, ceilings, and floors. By ensuring that your home is properly insulated, you can keep the heat in during the winter and the cool air in during the summer. This will not only make your home more comfortable, but it will also save you money on your energy bills.
Energy-efficient light bulbs
You can save energy and money by making sure your home is well-lit. During the day, take advantage of natural sunlight by opening your curtains and blinds. And at night, use energy-efficient light bulbs to light your home.
By making these simple changes, you can reduce your energy consumption, save money, and make your home more valuable for potential buyers.
One of the easiest, energy-efficient, and most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to ensure that you insulate your loft. In recent years it has been found that ineffective loft insulation can result in up to 1/3 of your home’s heating being wasted.
There are several ways you can improve energy efficiency, such as by lining your attic with fabric that is insulated, which is a highly effective method of reducing heat loss. It is also important to note that the insulation plays a significant role in the value of the house and contributes to an improved EPC rating.
Upgrading front doors
In the long run, putting in double glazing or replacing your solid material door with one that is made from composite materials (which are designed to reduce heat transfer between materials) are both effective ways of reducing your energy and heat consumption.
It can also help to improve your curb appeal and give your house the facelift that it needs. It’s also an expense that potential buyers don’t need to worry about.
Selling your property for top dollar is more important than ever, especially in a competitive housing market. And to get the most from your property, making energy-efficient upgrades and installing smart home devices can be a great way to add value to your home and make it more saleable.
We recommend that you speak to one of our expert valuers before making any improvements or upgrades to your property in order to find out what the property would be worth before and after you make improvements or upgrades. Or you can call our expert team on 0116 243 7938 to find out more.