Energy efficiency is a key selling point in homes nowadays. If a home is not energy efficient enough, it will have a lower asking price and may not be able to be sold as easily. As a realtor or a lender, it’s your job to make sure that the homes or clients you work with know how they can not only improve, but maximize their energy efficiency so that all parties can make more money when it comes time to sell. Here are 3 great ways to make a home more energy efficient.
- Proper Roof Insulation
When it comes to energy efficiency, the roof of a home plays a critical role. Much like how a hat in the winter keeps heat from escaping out the top of your head, proper roof insulation works the same way by keeping heat from escaping out the roof. Polyiso roof insulation is foam insulation that can be used in place of traditional insulation. It has been proven to outperform traditional insulation and provides unparalleled energy efficiency in comparison.
Roof underlayments are another option as well, and can be stacked with foam insulation. From cedar shake underlayments to tile roof underlayment, there’s an option made for every roofing material. A roof underlayment goes beneath the shingles and other material on the outside of the roof. Not only does it protect from wind and rain, it provides an airtight barrier which greatly improves energy efficiency.
- Insulated Concrete Forms
ICF’s are hollow concrete-hybrid blocks that are all linked together to form a comprehensive, solid structure. They are incredibly diverse and can be used in almost any type of design. They are far superior to traditional wood-frame wall systems when it comes to durability, cost, and yes, energy efficiency. This is because they are completely airtight. Because of their added durability and energy efficiency, concrete home plans are becoming more and more popular today.
- Energy Efficient HVAC Unit
Making sure a home has a proper energy efficient HVAC is one of the biggest ways to improve energy efficiency in a home. Leaky ductwork is a huge drain on energy and can be completely sealed up in a single day by a professional air duct cleaning company who uses patented computer-operated technology to identify and seal leaks with unrivaled accuracy and speed.
Energy Efficient Homes Sell Faster
If you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the homes you work with, you need to make energy efficiency a priority. Not only are energy efficiency regulations getting tighter by the day, buyers are increasingly demanding higher marks when it comes to a home’s energy efficiency as well.
About the Author: Corey Tyner is the owner of Phoenix Fast Sell Home and Austin Fast Sell Home Buyers. He is one of the top real estate investors in Arizona with over a decade of experience. His work has been featured on Bigger Pockets, Real Estate Agent Magazine, and several other real estate investor publications.