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Energy tips to sell your house

14 January 2009 31 views No Comment
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If you are a home owner and looking to sell your house, there are a few things you can do to help generate interest in your home and attract potential buyers

  1. Adjust the thermostat accordingly. In the winter, no one likes coming into a cold house, and in fact, it may turn off potential buyers. While you may like a toasty 66 degrees, others may prefer a downright balmy 70 degrees or better. Actually, the temperature doesn’t really matter – perception does. If you turn the thermostat too low (to save money of course) in the cold months, this may lead people to believe the thermostat is bad or malfunctioning, insulation isn’t good, the furnace has problems, etc. In short, they think immediately something is wrong with the heating system. And since these problems are traditionally hard to fix and expensive, they are instantly turned off.
  2. In the summer months, make sure the central A/C is working properly and is turned on. Like in the winter how no one likes to walk in to a cold house, in the summer it it downright unpleasant to walk into a house that is as hot as the outdoors. Turn on the A/C accordingly, and remember – when you sell your home, its not about saving money anymore on your energy bills – its more about showcasing the energy features of your home. With that in mind…
  3. Make sure the energy star or energy smart features of your home are accentuated. People who are conscious about their energy bills will surely appreciate looking at energy efficient furnaces, hot water heaters, appliances, and practices you’ve put in place. Make sure they are prominent and clean.
  4. Leave Energy Guide stickers on appliances. This will give the potential home buyer an idea of what they can expect in relation to other units.
  5. If windows don’t have to be weatherproofed, don’t put plastic or putty on them. Again, perception is everything. To you it may be downright chilly and you might be frugal, trying to save money. So you cram towels, putty and anything you can to seal windows. To potential buyers, this signals one thing – faulty windows, which means expensive repairs. You’re not deceiving them by removing this, you are simply reassuring them that your home is comfortable and livable…which it is.

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