Can Green Updates Help a Home's Resale Value?

Can Green Updates Help a Home's Resale Value?

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Cambria Bold
Nov 21, 2011

A reader recently asked The New York Times which green updates have the biggest impact on resale value. Curious as to what they discovered? Check it out below:

According to the interviews the Times did with property managers and realtors, doing just one thing "is probably not going to add value," but combining a number of environmentally friendly updates can really "help your home stand out from the crowd." They advise starting with easy low-cost energy, water, and air quality changes, like installing motion-sensor light switches in bathrooms and closets and under-counter water filtration systems. Even something as straightforward as painting with low or no-VOC paints can have a huge on potential buyers, many of whom are "especially sensitive and can't even look at homes that don't have no-V.O.C. paint."

Other relatively low-cost suggestions include installing Energy Star-certified kitchen appliances, low-flow bathroom faucets and showerheads, and dual-flush toilets.

Read More: Market Ready at The New York Times

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