REAL ESTATE

Did you know that green living can be good for your wallet? In fact, it can even help increase the value of your home. This is because many homes are not as energy efficient as they should be and this will cause a drop in their resale value. If you’re looking to improve your home’s worthiness before putting it on the market, then consider these ideas to increase its efficiency and have an easier time selling!

With its mild winters and sun-drenched summers, Orange County is a paradise for anyone in search of outdoor adventures. However, many residents have become increasingly frustrated with skyrocketing energy costs that are nearly 35% higher than the national average.

National Association of Realtors recommends adding Attic Insulation as one the Best Projects for a Great Remodeling Return on Investment.

Another way to help lower energy costs this summer is to add some insulation to your attic. Most homes are under-insulated, particularly in this area, which can contribute to higher energy costs. Insulating your attic will make your home more comfortable, while saving you money on your AC bill this summer.  Best of all, attic insulation recoups a whopping 107% at time of resale.  

That means that every dollar invested in attic insulation will return $1.07 back to the homeowner. It’s a no-brainer, really. If you want to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, then investing in an insulated attic is the way to go.

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GREENPOINT RATING

green point ratedGet Your Home Green Point Rated

GreenPoint Rated is the first and only national rating system for green homes. It’s designed to help consumers make better decisions about their future homes by providing them with information on how well these homes perform in three key areas – energy efficiency, health, and environmental sustainability. The label provides an objective measure of a home’s performance in these categories so that buyers can compare apples-to-apples when buying their next home.

Remodeling your home can be a great way to make it more comfortable and energy efficient. But if you want the assurance that your remodel is done to proven environmental standards, and get the very best return on your remodeling dollars, get your home the GreenPoint Rated label. The label provides the proof that your home has been evaluated by a certified GreenPoint Rater to be better for you and the environment. It also can help improve property value so when it comes time for sale, yours will sell faster than other homes at time of sale.

Green-certified homes sell for 9% more than regular homes in California and their premium is highest in the hottest and most eco-minded areas, says a report today.

Single-family homes with green certifications sold for an average of $34,800 more than comparable homes from 2007 to 2012 when the average California home was priced at $400,000, according to the University of California research. The premium was even greater in areas with the most electric vehicles.

Two smaller studies found green-certified homes sell for more than regular ones. In Seattle, they sold for 8.5% more per square foot and were on the market 22% less time from September 2007 to December 2009, according to Seattle-based GreenWorks Realty. In the Portland, Ore., metro area, they sold for 12% more from May 2008 to April 2009, reports the Portland-based non-profit Earth Advantage Institute.

“We observed a phenomenon we’ve termed the ‘Prius effect’ — a positive correlation between the value of green home labels and environmental ideology, as measured by the rate of hybrid registrations,” said co-author Nils Kok, visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In these areas, he said residents may see green homes as “a point of pride or status symbol.”

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WE ARE GREENPOINT SPECIALISTS

BRIAN MCFADDEN GUARDIAN HOME ENERGYHomeowners are often unaware of the potential for savings that can be achieved through an energy audit. Guardian Home Energy is here to help! We offer comprehensive audits and consultations with our Certified GreenPoint Raters who will work with you to maximize your home performance and green features. They’ll compile supporting documentation for the rating process, which we’ll submit on your behalf to Build It Green. There are currently only 250 Certified GreenPoint Raters throughout California and Guardian Home Energy’s Brian McFadden is one of them.

You deserve a better quality of life at home – one where you’re comfortable, cozy, and able to save money on utility bills! Let’s get started today by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone. Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have about how we can make this happen for you!

The best way to find out if we can help you is by scheduling an appointment with one of our experts today! You’ll receive a free estimate at no cost or obligation, so there’s nothing to lose. And don’t forget – we’ll also provide you with a 10% discount off your purchase when you mention this ad!

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