Whether you’re looking to help a client buy or sell a home, lowering their utility bills can do wonders for your relationship with your client and their overall happiness. By guiding a client through energy efficient upgrades, REALTORS® show their expertise and can improve a property’s overall value. What’s the easiest way to get your clients on track to make these upgrades? An energy audit!
Prioritizing Efficiency with an Energy Audit
In today’s market, prospective buyers are much more energy-conscious than they were in previous generations. Some buyers may not even look at a house if the house itself has not been converted to be more eco-friendly.
The numbers tend to back this idea, as well, and it doesn’t stop at lower utility bills; energy-efficient houses can affect how much your house can go for on the open market. Several studies have shown that for every dollar a homeowner spends on improving their home energy efficiency can increase their resale value by as much as $20. Some studies have even shown that energy-efficient homes sell more frequently than those that are not as eco-friendly.
The best way for a homeowner to get a handle of how much energy they are using is through an energy audit. Through a REALTOR®, you can set up an energy audit, which will help you identify places where your house can use an upgrade, in eco-friendly terms. REALTORS® can even bypass the professional auditor route and use the Homeselfe app to conduct the audit from their smartphone or tablet.
Determining Effective Remodel Projects
As most homeowners are not professionals in energy-saving or in home remodeling, it can be a little difficult to discern for themselves how exactly they can turn their home into a more energy-efficient domicile, and which ones can help them increase the value of their home. A REALTOR® can help identify the problem areas that are easy fixes and which remodels are more work. For example, homeowners can be losing a lot of energy because their roof is not properly insulated. For the average homeowner, this may not be that apparent to the naked eye. Through an energy audit, the homeowner will be able to determine a factor like this, as well as many others that can be affecting energy efficiency. This will allow the homeowner to identify the most cost-effective ways that they can improve their home and can help prevent unneeded costly upgrades to non-problem areas.
Cutting the cost of your client’s energy bill is an important step of saving them money or increasing the resale value of their home. A REALTOR® can help identify where their clients’ can make improvements and can help get more money into your clients’ pockets when it comes to writing checks to the utility company.