Attract Potential Home Buyers with Eco-Friendly Updates to Your Cook County Home
Eco-friendly home amenities and features are still among the top of many buyers’ wish lists. Simple updates such as installing Energy Star rated appliances, low-flow shower heads, water-efficient faucets or LED lighting fixtures are just the beginning when it comes to eco-friendly home products and options. You can also “go green” in various other ways when updating your home, which can also enhance the appeal of your real estate listing when you are ready to sell.
A great place to start is with a fresh paint job. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) have been shown to be in many types of paint, and include toxic elements, some of which are carcinogens. VOCS and are also known to be released into the air as paint dries; some continue to be released for years afterwards too. Home paint manufactures are now providing low or no VOC paints, so you can freshen up the trim or any room worry free.
If your heating system has seen better days, you may want to consider switching to a geo-thermal heater. Geo-thermal pumps not only operate without the use of any fossil fuels, they can use up to 80% less energy to operate. Some other home upgrades which can help lower energy use include energy efficient windows, reinsulating your home and installing a Smart thermostat.
You can also make your yard and garden eco-friendly, which many home buyers want to find. Two easy projects which can make a big impact are compost bins and rain barrels. North Cook County has an excellent rain barrel program worth checking out. You can learn more about composting at the SWANCC.org website. Features such as these also make selling points to include in any home listing.
You can take your yard to another level by creating a Backyard Habitat with updated landscaping. Native plants are already acclimated to the environment, reducing the need for excess water or fertilizers, which can leech chemicals into the ground. Backyard Habitats also help provide safe refuges for wildlife such as birds and butterflies.
Another project with big impact is a rain garden. This type of garden draws run-off water from your home’s roof and gutters and establishing a micro-wetland on your property. Don’t worry, you won’t have a marsh in your backyard. Rain gardens are typically self-contained in a specific area and work by incorporating a shallow depression which is filled with plants which help absorb run-off water.
Discover more eco-friendly ideas for your home in this Conserve Energy Future article, and get ready to go green before you list your home. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home in Cook County, working with an experienced Realtor® who understands the market, is another good plan to put into action. My team and I are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533- 6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.