by Sabina Mendez
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)
There was a time when home and property values are only dependent on where it is located and the kind of structure it is built into. Today, those things are just part of a bigger whole.
Buyers are already wise to the concept of saving energy and doing everything in their capability to attain that. This is why when buying a house, they have to have the assurance that what they are buying will be a comfortable home with the ability to give them as low a bill as possible.
In answer to this specific need, states have implemented system that helps in distinguishing whether a certain home is energy efficient. For those homeowners who have not heard of these systems before, you are probably losing more than you think you are.
What energy rating systems can do to your home:
1. Increases affordability.
An old perception is that the lower the cost of the construction, the more affordable houses will become. Those who believe in this have made all the necessary cautiousness in the process of building their homes.
Energy systems have turned this perception around to make it favorable to the homeowners. Together with energy efficiency comes efficient and lower mortgages cost. This alone is a very good way of enticing others to buy a house from you.
Since people now are more aware of energy consumption and are always on the lookout for ways to decrease it, they are finding homes that could deliver just that. Now, it is not only about how the looks of the house or where it is located. It is about how homes are energy efficient once they start living in them.
2. More buyers.
Once your home is considered as energy efficient, expect to have lots of buyers wanting to own that property. Not only is your home considered a prize that every owner wants to have, it will also be something that is worth the money you want it to be sold.
Since more people are aware of the capabilities of energy efficient homes, the initial payment is not that high compared to what you will incur in your bills later on. This is what homebuyers are looking for.
It is a fact that a lot of “dream homes” do not turn out to be what owners expect them to be. It would be
Realized later on that the value of what they have set their money on is not worth the property.
3. High mortgages.
Buyers are not the only ones recognizing the potential of energy efficient homes. The mortgage market does to. When it sees that the house does not pay too much on electricity and appliances, the rate gets higher.
There are even mortgage plans that allow the owners to avail of loan plans set for their homes. Take note that this is only for those who fall under their category of a home that works effectively.
By being effective and efficient, the location and the kind of home is merely half of the story. There is the big issue of the way energy is used. Since this is one of the highest bill-generating factor in many households, it is important that those not among the throng is given special consideration.
And since the owners are not necessarily paying the same amount as everyone else, they will then be considered liable for other loans. These loans can be used for developing their property or for things that they can do to their homes.
With these things up for grabs and with little effort on your part, your home can be considered as one that everyone would like to have. Not only that, you will not be put into strict compliance regarding how to use energy if you are already following what your government wants you to.
How to make your home energy efficient is simple. All you need to do is follow the standards that the state set. If you are not yet aware of these things while in the process of building your home, you can make use of surveys or inspectors that are trained for this job.
You can expect a lot of advantages if you put emphasis on energy and how it is being used in your home. You may not know it now but you will when you finally decide on selling or borrowing a sum of money later on. You might even reconsider selling it if you found how valuable your home really is.