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If you are looking to sell your great piece of UBC real estate in the future, you may already be considering upgrades that can raise your property value. In today’s market, the greener the house, the better — and that does not mean the color. Buyers love good, energy efficient homes that support the environment rather than tear it down. 

Going green has many perks, from a lower utility bill to an overall healthier lifestyle. Energy efficient homes are very popular among potential buyers, many of whom are looking for those great upgrades. Market trends do not lie, buyers are willing to pay for green real estate. To help your home to reach the standard level of efficiency, here are some updates that will improve your property value. 

 

1. New Refrigerator

Experts suggest that homeowners replace their refrigerators every 10 years or less. These appliances are arguably the most used in the entire home. They are subjected to a lot of moisture, which can cause mold and mildew to build up in places that you might miss. Food particles and debris often fall into cracks and crevices. 

The most important reason, besides sanitary, to replace your refrigerator is that old ones tend to use a lot of energy. The refrigerator is constantly running, though it requires more and more energy each year to keep cool. Your potential buyers will love a home that features a new, energy efficient refrigerator. 

 

2. Replace the Dishwasher

Another appliance in your home that might need to be replaced in order for you to go green is the dishwasher. New dishwashers only use a small amount of water, smaller than what is used when a person washes their dishes by hand. An older dishwasher does not measure up to this standard.

Old appliances use more electricity than new ones, but old dishwashers also use more water. Some owners become very frustrated with their dishwashers, claiming that they are not cleaning properly. Put the very best in your home and invest in a great dishwasher. You will earn your money back if you make these changes. 

 

3. Low-Cost Lighting

Many real estate professionals highly suggest using light while staging your home for the market. While this has been shown to be very effective and a rather cheap way to draw potential buyers, it is important that homeowners purchase energy efficient bulbs to use in their fixtures. A lot of buyers are very concerned with how efficient your home is, and it is these people who will notice and appreciate this simple, green touch. Pair the great lighting with energy efficient appliances and your beautiful green home is sure to sell quickly. 

 

Investing in green upgrades and renovations can bring your home to the next level and draw a lot of offers once you decide to place it on the market. Buyers love even the simplest green switches, such as a new dishwasher. For more information on selling, visit our seller’s page or contact Sam Huang with UBC Real Estate today.