Going Green Helps Sell Homes

Posted on: 2 February 2021

Going Green Helps Sell Homes

If you are keen to sell your home, there is a need to connect with buyers.

While buyer demand has shifted in the past year, there are some things which matter more than ever. Buyers want to buy an environmentally friendly home, and as a vendor, changes you make can enhance your chances of selling your house.

At Frank Schippers, we are pleased to have connected many buyers and vendors. If you are looking for guidance in the local property market, get in touch, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Get help in improving your home

Near the end of 2020, the government announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant. This scheme allows property owners to apply for a grant to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The scheme funds up to two thirds of the improvement costs, up to the value of £5,000 per household.

Some qualifying green home improvements include:

  • Insulation

  • Heating

  • draught-proofing

  • double and triple glazing

It is also possible to upgrade renewable energy features such as solar panels and heat pumps.

Evan Maindonald, CEO and founder of MELT Property, says: “With the government’s introduction of the Green Homes Grant and the public’s growing awareness of environmental issues, we are seeing a steady increase in buyers wanting to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. If you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, a good first step would be to review your property’s heating system. Old-fashioned heating systems will send utility bills rocketing and have a high carbon footprint. To reduce both, consider installing an Air Source or Ground Source Heat Pump.”

There is still time to act

While you cannot wait too long to make the necessary improvements at your home and receive support, it is possible to do so. If you are looking for guidance on what changes to make, we can help. Also, if you are looking to make these changes, rest assured you are not alone.

According to research carried out by City Plumbing, 84% of property owners in Britain “plan to make energy efficiency improvements” in 2021.

Over 52% of households look set to invest in energy-efficient measures to lower their energy bills. The preferred methods are as follows:

  • Upgrading insulation in cavity walls

  • Improving loft insulation

  • Adding underfloor insulation

Evan Maindonald explains: “Improving insulation can have a significant impact on your property’s energy use. There is a wide variety of insulation materials available, each of which offers different benefits and suits different budgets. If you’re looking for something affordable that, at the same time, is environmentally friendly, you might want to consider cellulose insulation. This material is particularly well suited to insulation of floors, walls and roofs.”

If you have any housing market questions or queries, please feel free to contact us. If you plan on selling your home, we recommend arranging a property valuation to ensure you make an informed decision. At Frank Schippers, we are here to support you in this trying time, and you can call us on 01344 777 888.

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