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Tips to Green Your House for a Sale

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Williams’ other recommendations for simple green upgrades include the following:

• “If you need to clean up your yard, add native plants and plants that require less water and maintenance.”

• “If your home really needs new interior paint, spend a little more money and buy low VOC, because this really matters to a growing number of people, especially people with young children.”

• “If you are planning to update an old bathroom, install a low-flow toilet, shower head and faucet. Consider a countertop made with a recycled content product.”

She also suggests some more expensive upgrades, but they are typically only worthwhile if you can enjoy them for a few years before reselling the house, as you may not recoup the full value of the upgrade. Still, they could speed the sale and boost the price.

• “Concrete floors work well with in-floor radiant heat, which is a wonderful way to heat a home that you can enjoy while you live there and should also attract buyers.”

• “Bamboo and cork flooring are beautiful…and really help to differentiate a home.”

• “If you have old aluminum windows that leak badly, consider upgrading them with a double-paned vinyl low-e (window), and then promote that update.”

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5:51PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you.

12:17PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks for the useful information...

12:18PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Great info - Thank YOU!

4:57AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Thanks

8:35PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

This is good information. Thanks!

3:10PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

This makes one think more strongly about putting in solar panels.

5:24AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Wow. i hope one day i can purchase an eco friendly home.

4:19AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Thanks fo the info

6:18PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Thanks.

1:49AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

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