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.”