If you are selling your home, you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate, an EPC. The EPC gives you, and potential buyers of your home, a quick guide to the energy-efficiency rating of the property. Therefore, the energy rating of your home is a factor which buyers consider, and vendors should consider making energy-efficient upgrades before selling their home.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home soon, there is a lot to be said for making the property more energy-efficient. However, in a competitive property market, these upgrades and improvements may make all the difference when it comes to selling your home. If you haven’t considered the positive impact energy-efficiency upgrades make when selling your home, consider these elements:
More and more buyers want to find an energy-efficient home, as they know it offers better value in the long-term
- If other homes aren’t energy-efficient, your home stands out for all the right reasons
- Energy-efficient homes have lower energy bills, which is an excellent outcome for the homeowner
- These reasons will hopefully be enough to persuade you of the reasons to make energy-efficient upgrades when selling your home.
Does it cost a lot to improve the energy efficiency of a home?
One of the best things about making energy-efficient upgrades is there is something for every budget. If you have a lot of money to make these changes at home, you can do so. However, if you have a limited budget, or you would prefer not to spend a lot of money, you can still make notable changes which improve the EPC rating of your home.
Homeowners with time and money to spend should consider installing double glazing or replacing their boiler. These are costly home improvements, but they will significantly enhance the energy-efficiency rating of your home, and add value to your property.
How can I make affordable energy upgrades at my home?
If you would prefer to make more affordable changes that improve your energy-efficiency rating, a good starting point comes with replacing traditional light bulbs with LED or more environmentally-friendly options. These bulbs are more expensive initially, but they last longer, and they use up much less energy. Over time, you will save money while boosting the energy rating of your home.
Given the amount of heat which is lost through your roof and external walls, it makes sense to improve the insulation in these areas. If you have a loft area, and it isn’t insulated, add insulating roll to this area. If you have cavity walls, and they aren’t protected, invest in a foam solution which offers a better level of protection.
You should also review the condition of window and door frames at your home. If there are cracks or gaps here, you will lose heat energy. Therefore, you must fill these holes, and you should find sealant does the job quickly and at a low cost.
If you want to sell your home, there is a lot to be said for improving the energy-efficiency of your property. If you would like to arrange a valuation on your home, we can provide this, and for all other sales matters, contact Dunedin Sales & Lettings today.