There are many documents you need when selling your home, one of which is the Energy Performance Certificate. The EPC is mandatory, and this means buyers and vendors are considering energy-efficiency at this point.
It is sensible for vendors to consider energy-efficiency, as it can improve the value of a property, and make the home more appealing to buyers. If you haven’t considered the impact energy-efficiency has on properties, consider the reasons which make an energy-efficient home easier to sell:
· More and more buyers are on the lookout for an energy-efficient property
· If your home is energy-efficient, it differentiates it from similar properties in your area
· Many buyers find energy-efficient homes warmer and more welcoming
· Energy-efficient homes have lower energy bills, which is something people want
Therefore, there are reasons why an energy efficient property appeals to buyers, helping you sell your home more effectively. These changes ensure your home stands out from the crowd, making your home more memorable, and ensuring buyers appreciate what is on offer. If you have the time and money to improve your home before going to market, you should, although it is understandable some homeowners are concerned about the cost of energy improvements.
It is important to state some energy-efficient improvements cost a lot of money, and can be time-consuming. If you plan on installing double glazing in your home or you want to replace your boiler, you will significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. However, you will also spend a lot of money, and for these changes, the benefits are felt in the longer-term, not the short-term. Therefore, many property owners decide it isn’t worth their time or money to carry out these changes.
Thankfully, there are more affordable ways to carry out improvements at home, and these changes attract buyers and help to reduce energy bills. Some tips to consider include:
· Swapping out traditional bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs
· Installing loft insulation which is affordable but which has a big impact on the property
· Make sure all gaps and cracks around the home are filled
· Installing draught excluders around the property
· Installing a thermostat ensuring you remain in control of your heating
Making these changes should be quick and cheap, so you don’t need to worry about the cost. You may not receive the significant energy-efficiency upgrades you would do with more expensive methods, but you will see an improvement.
When you make a number of small improvements, you will see change, and over time, these small changes add up to more significant savings. You don’t need to save a lot of money per day or week to eventually save a lot of money over the course of the month. When it comes to saving money for yourself, or showing prospective buyers of the benefits they will receive, small changes work.
If you are considering selling your home and want to improve the energy efficiency of your property, contact Mitchells Estate Agents, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Before putting your home on the market be sure you are making an informed choice by arranging a FREE MARKETING APPRAISAL.