20 Eco-Savvy Steps Sellers Can Take to Attract Eco-Friendly Buyers and a Speedier Sale- Part 1

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20 Eco-Savvy Steps Sellers Can Take to Attract Eco-Friendly Buyers and a SpeNAR GREEN Designation asheville's green brokeredier Sale  

Looking for added value, Buyers demand eco-friendly features and Sellers benefit from that demand. . Sellers, you know the "Banish the Clutter!" anthem.Creating a great first impression is important, but investing in a home- and that's what Buyers are doing- means Buyers also are looking for added value.

Today's buyers demand eco-friendly features such as those found in an energy-efficient house.

Going healthy sells.  Smart eco-renovations sell. And slashing the  monthly energy bill, reducing water usage and costs, improving indoor air quality attracts Buyers.



If you want to make your home stand out from all of the rest and tap into a market where sales are brisker than average consider the following advice from an Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultant who knows the local real estate market and can point clients in the "right" direction.   

 Here is a list we offer to Sellers. It reflects the current market buyers' demand for eco-friendly features and benefits. Taken step-by-step it can provide sellers with a way to stand out in the crowd.

 

20 Eco-Savvy, Free, Inexpensive and/or Cost Effective Steps Sellers Can Take to Attract Eco-Friendly Buyers and a Speedier Sale

•1.      Order an energy audit. (Free)
•2.      Investigate potential for federal, state or local tax credits associated with going green. (Free)
•3.      Learn about green certifications-EPA's Energy Star for Homes, HealthyBuilt® and/or LEED ®for Homes programs. (Free)
•4.      Connect with buyers and a real estate professional who has earned the NAR GREEN® Designation who "speaks the language" and works with eco-friendly clients. (Free)
•5.      Implement energy savings suggestions from the energy audit. (Cost Effective)
•6.      Impress buyers with a flyer-display that documents how monthly bills change reflecting energy savings. (Inexpensive)
Show comparisons to typical bills for similar-sized homes in the neighborhood.
•7.      Use CFLs. (Cost Effective)
•8.      Emphasize daylighting and passive solar advantages. (Cost Effective)
•9.      Go green with rainwater harvesting. A simple rain chain and rain barrel can make an eco-friendly buyer smile. (Inexpensive)
•10.  Put aerators on faucets. Save 50% on water consumption. (Inexpensive)
•11.  Spruce up the home's exterior with native and edible landscaping. (Cost Effective)
•12.  Pay attention to indoor air quality (IAQ.)  a) Plants can help reduce by 50% airborne molds and bacteria. Try: Rubber Plant, Ficus, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Spider Plant. (Inexpensive) b) natural aromatherapy with essential oils. (Inexpensive)
•13.   Clean. Use only non-toxic cleaning formulas. (Inexpensive)
•14.  Brighten walls with non-toxic (NO VOC) paints. (Inexpensive)
•15.  Donate "energy hog" appliances to charity
•16.  Install Energy Star® appliances- 10% to 50% more efficient. (Cost Effective)
•17.  Install a programmable thermostat. (Inexpensive)
•18.  Caulk cracks. (Inexpensive)
•19.  Create healthy alternatives underfoot. Recycled wood. Natural throw rugs. Bamboo. Or eco-friendly carpeting that does not emit allergens and toxins. (Cost Effective)
•20.  Utilize social network marketing. (Free)

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Jo-Anne Smith
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janeAnne,

I was just about to flag this when I saw it's already featured! This is a wonderful list of low cost things homeowners can do to make their homes safer,  more saleable and save money too....

Jo

Mar 03, 2010 10:54 AM #11
Rainer
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Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
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Great lists!!!
Mar 03, 2010 12:13 PM #12
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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How about extensive virtual tour and video tour so that buyers can ch3eck out the house without having to drive there over and over...

;^ )

Mar 03, 2010 01:33 PM #13
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Bridget Cella
Re/Max Connection - Sewell, NJ
e-Pro, Realtor

Great job with this blog, worthy of a reblog!

Oh, and feature - congrats!

Mar 03, 2010 01:42 PM #14
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Mark Montross
Catamount Realty Group - Burlington, VT
Listing and Buyer Specialist

Thank you for the very extensive list - you have given me some good ideas here.

Mar 03, 2010 02:00 PM #15
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Clayton Bailey
Green Scene Home Inspections - Dallas, TX

You are right on time! This is exactly the same information I love to share with my clients. I believe its a great opportunity as a home inspector to point out things that can be done to green a property. Before anybody even moves in.

Mar 03, 2010 02:34 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

HI janeAnne -- Thanks for the tips on the plants, we have a fica tree, but should probably have a few more varieties, thanks for the resource.  I just painted half my main level with Sherwin Williams low (or no) VOC and I couldn't smell a thing, neither could anyone else, and I did it in the winter.  First time ever.  Wish I had used this years ago.

Mar 03, 2010 03:22 PM #17
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Good list. Going to bookmark and already have reblogged it. Thanks for posting.

Mar 03, 2010 05:38 PM #18
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Bill Saunders, Realtor®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR
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Hi JaneAnne,

A great list, and a good nod to so many green features NOT being so hugely expensive!

Mar 04, 2010 12:22 AM #20
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Jim~  Jeff and Kimo~

Great to hear from you and glad you like the list.

Mar 04, 2010 12:30 AM #21
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Thanks for the nod...I'm Smiling ...and your dog is contributing to my happiness...and look! he's surrounded with Green =)

Mar 04, 2010 12:32 AM #22
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Patricia~ I will be posting a batch of Resource Links to support the list of 20 here...thanks for your comment. 

Joseph~You commented, " I like the price markers to show the least expensive and free things.." THX!!! So often people hear how expensive green-ups are...I hope this list will show they do not need to be...

Mar 04, 2010 12:35 AM #23
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Rose Marinaccio
Coldwell Banker Residential Properties - Scarsdale, NY

Wow, thanks so much for the great suggesstion. I had written some similar in a recent blog, but missed some of the great points you mentioned.

Mar 04, 2010 07:05 AM #24
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I love anything "green" - thanks for the post and allowing reblogging.

Mar 04, 2010 10:28 AM #25
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Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

janeAnne, In part I & II you mention a free energy audit. Can you explain and expand on this? I've never heard of a free energy audit.

Mar 04, 2010 11:37 AM #26
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Mike Woods
M.S.WOODS REAL ESTATE, LLC - Indianapolis, IN

Thanks for compiling all of these into a single article. Individually they don't seem like a huge change but putting them together brings it into a new perspective.

Mar 05, 2010 05:02 AM #27
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Nancy Yavorsky
Keller Williams - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Southern California Edison, out here in my part of the country, does free audits both online and in person.  They will give you a written report, 8 or 9 pages, which summarizes the electricity, gas and water usage for one year, a sort of snapshot report, including many suggestions for improvement.  I requested a personal audit, and the gentleman from SCE was very helpful and had some good ideas that I am implementing.  He was also prepared to change out all our lightbulbs to cfl's, but we had already done that.  The audit wasn't nearly as comprehensive as one done by a RESNET auditor, but was very helpful in my case. 

Mar 07, 2010 02:38 AM #28
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hi janeAnne,

Wonderful list of "Green Tips" for sellers!  By utilizing some of the free & inexpensive things for sellers to do, it can certainly make their home stand out in the crowd!  Thank you so much for the tips!  I appreciate it! I have bookmarked your post and will re-blog! 

Rita

 

 

Mar 07, 2010 02:10 PM #29
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

We are getting more and more eco-friendly in New Hampshire.  I think sellers will find this guide very useful.

Mar 07, 2010 02:23 PM #30
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Aaron Silverman
SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC - Charleston, SC
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Good list except I do not agree with 15 being eco friendly.   Yes, the person who replaces the appliance is reducing their impact; however, the overall impact is not reduced.  The impact of the energy hog appliance is simply moved to another family (side note - the other family would benefit from an efficient appliance more so than the family that owns a house).

Aaron

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