Going Green Pays Off For Homeowners

By
Real Estate Agent with Engelby Real Estate

With the current economic climate, many buyers are looking for homes
that will help them save money. If you are thinking about what type of
home improvements you can do to your home now to help you get top
dollar when you sell, consider going green. More and more buyers are
asking for features like solar panels and tankless water heaters.

 What is the average cost of adding these green features to your home    
and how can you benefit from it immediately? Although the cost would
take quite a bit of time to recover, you will come out ahead with the
tax incentives, the savings on your monthly bills, and helping the
environment as well.

So, what does it cost to install solar panels?

Here is a good article on how to estimate the cost of solar panel installation:

http://solarpowerauthority.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-install-solar-on-an-average-us-house/

Tax credits are available for a variety of energy efficient home improvement upgrades. The tax credit is available through December 31, 2016 and provides a tax credit back to the homeowner of 30% of the total cost.

Here is the link to the tax credit guide on energystar.gov:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

A "Green Home," like driving a "Green Car," is the future trend in home buying. Why not be ahead of the curve and get started on your energy saving home improvements now? This is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to add to the desirability of their home when they are ready to sell, and also to start seeing an immediate return on their investment.

 

Comments (3)

Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Great information on how to go green for home owners and sellers Rochelle. I find many buyers are looking for green properties but not many owners are putting to much work into going green. Not yet anyway, I have hope!

Nov 02, 2010 01:30 PM
Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I would agree with the comment Terrie has made above.  We'll see as time goes by how many buyers  are looking for green properties as well as who many have put the time and money into making there homes green.

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Nov 02, 2010 01:48 PM
Richard Ruggaber
Metro Life Homes - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035

Rochelle:  Thank You for posting this useful information.  Have a great day.  Cheers!

Nov 02, 2010 02:01 PM