When you sell your home, you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate, an EPC. Therefore, energy efficiency is likely to be at the forefront of a vendors’ thought process. However, did you know making energy-efficient improvements to your home can help sell your home?
Reasons why an energy-efficient home is more like to sell:
1. An increasing number of buyers are looking for energy-efficient properties
2. Being energy-efficient can differentiate your home from similar properties in the market
3. Energy-efficient homes are often warmer and more welcoming
4. Energy-efficient homes have lower energy bills, which is always appealing
When you improve the energy efficiency of your home, you make it easier for buyers to find your home, remember your home, love your home, and make a logical argument for buying the house. All these reasons should be more than enough motivation for Camberwell vendors to improve the energy efficiency of their property. Still, we know some households are worried about the cost of energy-efficiency improvements.
Are energy-efficiency improvements expensive?
Some home improvements which improve your energy efficiency are expensive. Installing double-glazing or replacing your boiler positively impacts energy-efficiency, but these are costly improvements. You often need to wait many years for the benefits to be recouped, so if you are looking for affordable enhancements which offer a quick return on your investment, these may not be the best solutions.
However, there are affordable energy efficiency tips which positively impact your EPC and make your home more appealing to buyers.
· Switch to energy-efficient bulbs
· Loft insulation has a significant impact on your property
· Fill all cracks and gaps around the home
· Draught excluders make a difference
· Invest in a thermostat
All these tips are affordable for most households, and they will make an impact on how much energy you use in a typical day, week or month. With energy-efficiency, there is a lot to be said for gaining small improvements or benefits daily, even if they are small. Over a month or year, or even longer, these minor improvements add up, and this helps homeowners to reduce their energy bills by a considerable amount.
If you make these changes and then arrange an EPC for your property, the benefit will hopefully be stated in the report. With an increasing number of buyers reviewing EPCs before deciding which home to make an offer on, anything you can do to improve your score will be of benefit.
Don’t forget the EPC also contains tips on how to improve your property. These are tips tailored to your home, so if you are keen to find specific guidance for your property, arrange for an EPC before you prepare your home, and make the recommended changes.
If you plan on selling your Camberwell home, and you need help connecting with buyers, contact Hunters Camberwell. We are pleased to say we have assisted many local homeowners to sell their home, and we look forward to helping you.