Have you considered up-fitting your home so that it is more green? According to a McGraw Hill study, 70% of homebuyers would rather buy a green home than a non-green home in a down economy. But, before you head to the home improvement store, here are some of the upgrades you can make that will help give you the most for your money.
Based on national average cost and return on investment (ROI) to sellers, the top 5 GREEN home improvements that Realtors recommend to home sellers are:
- Plant native trees and plants ($141 average cost / $399 average price increase / 284% average ROI)
- Replace air filters ($76 cost / $201 price increase / 266% ROI)
- GREEN home staging ($223 cost / $445 price increase / 199% ROI)
- Weather strip and caulk doors and windows ($169 cost / $313 price increase / 185% ROI)
- Install programmable thermostats ($146 cost / $249 price increase / 170% ROI)
Green Home Staging
Green home staging is focused on environmental sustainability. It is geared at reducing waste that is may be added to landfills and other environmental benefits. In addition to traditional staging advice, Green stagers offer education and guidance to the seller by developing ways to effectively “green” market their home. Green stagers reuse props; create props from recycling materials from partnerships with other local businesses; recycle old and worn out props by donating them. In a green staging assessment, they also suggest how to incorporate ways to repair or upgrade in regards to the conservation of resources, water efficiencies and recycling.
Conventional paints contained high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that produced a breathable gas when applied. VOCs diminish air quality and may be detrimental to your health. Today, alternative manufacturing techniques have allowed the development of low- and no-VOC paints that release no, or minimal VOC pollutants, and are virtually odor free.
Putting more green in your home is almost always a good thing but you don’t have to do it all at once.