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These eco-friendly features will help sell your home

If you are looking to sell your home in today’s real estate market, there are certain things that you need to include both inside and outside your house. Today’s generation of home buyers is looking toward a more eco-friendly, energy and water conscious home, and if your house stands out then you are more likely to be able to sell it. 



Installing water management systems, such as those offered by PROXA Water and other water management companies is one such way to create a more eco-friendly home. But there are also some simple additions and alterations you can make that will attract environmentally conscious home buyers. 

Install solar panels

Solar panels are more than simply a trend, they help to reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint. In a country as sunny as South Africa, solar panels are highly effective, so installing one or two on your roof is vital for a greener home. 

These panels convert sunlight into usable energy without having to use any electrical devices to do so. Solar panels also rank highly among eco-friendly home buyers. 

Improve insulation

A well insulated home offers warmth in winter and cool temperatures in summer. They also decrease the need for electrical heating and cooling systems. 

The insulation of a home is not something that homebuyers often look at, but those who are in the market for an energy saving house will be aware of the power of insulation. This is a selling point you can highlight when placing your house on the market. 

Install water saving appliances

Energy saving appliances and tools are not the only way to create a greener home, you should include water conserving appliances and tools in your list. In kitchen and bathroom sinks, you can install low-flow taps, as well as low-flow showerheads and toilets in bathrooms. 

You can also look into aerated taps, which provide a lower flow of water without affecting the pressure. If you have a dishwasher, or are including one in the sale of your home, ensure that you are aware of its energy rating, and choose one that uses both less water and less energy. 

Have a rain catchment tank

One of the best ways to be water conscious is to install a JoJo tank in your garden at a strategic point. JoJo tanks are efficient and easy ways to catch rainwater that can be used for other purposes, such as watering the garden, flushing toilets and so forth. 

Rain catchment tanks have changed over the years, from bulky and unpleasant tanks to aesthetically pleasing, functional garden decor pieces. There are also different sizes to choose from. And many environmentally conscious home buyers will be pleased to see a medium to large tank as this will allow them to gather as much rainwater as possible. 

Paint responsibly

If you are repainting your house before selling it, it is important to choose paint that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These have been proven to be highly harmful to the environment, so choosing paint without VOCs will not only be a good selling point but is an active choice towards saving the environment. 

The paint on your walls may not seem like something that potential home buyers look at, but it is important to those who are searching for the perfect green haven to rest their heads.

Repurpose for a purpose

When selling a home, many people opt for upgrading surfaces with new materials, but upgrades can be just as effective with repurposed materials. If you know there is a piece or two of wooden furniture that you will not be taking with you when you move out, you can repurpose the wood or simply repaint the pieces to be used for their original purpose. 

In many cases, eco-friendly homeowners prefer repurposed or recycled furniture, so including this fact when selling your home will work in favour of making a sale. 

Plant a sustainable garden

If you are planning on remodelling or tidying up your garden before selling, plant resilient and indigenous plants, such as aloes and succulents. These plants require less watering than other plants or flowers and create a unique garden aesthetic that is sure to catch the eye of green home buyers. 

A sustainable garden will be the perfect match for a rainwater catchment tank and using a water management system will enhance a sustainable garden.

Conclusion

Environmentally conscious changes to your house and garden will help you to sell in and to a market of home buyers who are looking to have a home that decreases their impact on the environment. Not only will these changes improve your chances of selling your home, but they will help to save the environment and create a better future for the upcoming generations. 





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