If your home is on the market during the winter season, potential home buyers will have your home's energy efficiency at the top of their mind. Here're a few tips to make your home more attractive to conservation-minded buyers.
Modernize your thermostat - Simply investing in a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy in your home.
Position your thermostat for energy efficiency - Locating your thermostat on an interior wall and at least five feet from the floor will keep the temperature accurate and comfortable.
Decorate your windows - Using shutters, heavy window shades and blinds can help keep the cold air at bay.
Caulk and weather strip doors and windows - Investing a bit of cash at your local hardware store can mean big savings on your energy bill's bottom line. You can check for air leaks around all your doors and windows by using a candle to check for drafts.
Insulate your attic - One of the cheapest ways to improve energy efficiency in your home is to increase the insulation in the loft space of your attic. Be sure the insulation is at least 6 to 7 inches thick.
Install storm windows - While installation can be a big investment, storm windows are sure to add value to your home by providing an attractive barrier to wintry weather.
Check your fireplace - If you have a fireplace, check the flue for a tight seal and buy a fireplace cover to minimize hot air loss. It's also important to have your fireplace cleaned once a year to prevent the risk of a house fire.
Consider a new furnace - If your furnace is over 20 years old, consider investing in a newer, modern furnace. While there is an initial cost, you'll save big with the increased efficiency, and this will surely increase attractiveness to potential buyers.
Check you furnace filter monthly - Replace your furnace filter whenever it looks dirty, as potential homebuyers will often check filters as an indicator to a home's maintenance. A dirty filter could signal bigger signs of neglect.
Remember, in the winter months home buyers are extra conservation conscious. Making your home warm and energy efficient could mean the difference when comparison shopping!