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The Easiest and Least Expensive Eco-Fixes That Help Your Home Sell

If you’re about to put your home on the market, then you’ve probably read on a house remodeling website or heard from a real estate agent that it’s a good idea to make a few house renovations before putting a “For Sale” sign in your yard. That’s because when you do so, not only does it raise the property value of your home, but it can also help it to sell more quickly.

Well, as you’re walking through your house (and yard) and jotting down a list of improvements that need to be made, one thing that we recommend is that you make some eco-friendly upgrades. That’s because as more people are becoming aware of the environment, many of them are looking for homes that are energy efficient.

If you’re on a tight budget but you’d like a few ideas on what some of the easiest and least expensive eco-fixes for your house are, we have included five of them for you below:

Do a bit of caulking. Something that potential homebuyers are probably going to ask you is how much your utility bills are each month. Well, if you want to try and get them lower, spend some time inspecting your windowsills and doorways for any leaks. If you see some (and they’re relatively small), apply some caulking to them and then watch to see if your electricity bill drops. We’re pretty sure that it will.

Get a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home, you are definitely missing out on one of the best things you can do to make your house “greener”. There are some that cost as little as $40 but with this small house addition, you can better regulate the amount of central heat and air that you use while you’re home and away.

Install a low-flow showerhead. Did you know that just by putting a low-flow showerhead into your bathroom, you can reduce the amount of water that you use on an annual basis by as much as 30-40 percent? The really great thing about this suggestion is that you can get a good eco-friendly showerhead for less than $50.

Use some low-VOC paint. There aren’t too many people who attempt to sell their home without repainting it first. If you’re looking for the kind of paint that has a lot less chemicals and fumes, then go with either a low-VOC or a recyclable paint brand. The commonground between the both of them is that they are safer and sometimes cheaper in costs too.

Plant a few shrubs or trees. The more shade your home has, the less heat will be trapped into your house. One way to keep the high temperatures at bay is by planting some additional trees or shrubs around the house. Not only does it help to cool the house down, but greenery assists in keeping toxins of the air, plus it’s always nice to look at. Indeed, a beautifully landscaped home is always an extra bonus for a prospective homebuyer so it’s well worth your time to do a bit of gardening.

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