Thomasville Scene February / March 2019 - Page 77

| home | Upgrade for energy efficiency Improving the energy efficiency of your house is likely to pay off when you sell it. Studies show that contemporary home- buyers prefer energy-efficient homes due to their environmental concerns as well as the possibility of gaining long-term savings. Think about tackling tasks like amplifying or reinstalling the attic and basement insulation, upgrading the HVAC system, replacing the water heaters and installing new windows to lower the costs of heating and cooling your home. Adding solar panels can also add substantial value. Although they’re quite costly to install, more and more buyers are wil- ling to pay more for “green” homes with solar en- ergy systems. 2 Enhance curb appeal When thinking about what renovations will pay off when you sell, don’t underesti- mate the power of the first impression: your home’s curb appeal plays a key role in determining its perceived va- lue on the housing market. Consider updating the siding, repainting the exterior and improving the landsca- ping on your front lawn. Even small things like repainting the front door and adding new shrubs and potted plants can go a long way toward en- hancing your home’s look and enti- cing potential buyers. And don’t forget about the garage — recent reports show that replacing your garage door is one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects. 3 Thomasville Scene February - March 2019 77