Going green: A smart idea.

Today’s homebuyers are seeking green features in the homes they consider. That’s why it’s smart to create an eco-friendly atmosphere for the buyer, and that doesn’t always mean costly fixes.

It begins when showing or marketing your home:

  • Instead of using bottled water, offer a chilled pitcher of filtered tap water at the ready.
  • Add some organic fruits or vegetables and eliminate excess packaging.
  • Use washable glassware and small ceramic plates instead of plastic, paper or Styrofoam.
  • Consider recycled paper and ink for all your marketing materials (include the recycled logo).
  • Advertising online.

And it can continue with eco-friendly upgrades to the home:

  • Replace all the light bulbs in your home with CFLs or LEDs.
  • Seal, upgrade and insulate (it can reduce your annual heating bill by $100 according to Department of Energy figures).
  • Consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances.
  • Tankless water heaters are known for energy efficiency and water conservation.
  • Update your yard with hearty, drought-tolerant greenery that can save many gallons of water each month.

Employing any of these tips will paint a desirable picture for prospective, eco-conscious buyers.