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Can Sealed increase my home’s resale value?

Why going green might help you make more green.

Why going green might help you make more green.

Customers often ask if using Sealed will make their home more valuable when it’s time to sell. 

It’s a tricky question to answer, because there are many factors that impact a home’s resale value at any given time. That’s why the most honest answer we can give to the question is: maybe.

That being said, there is a mounting body of evidence that suggests that energy efficiency is becoming a serious consideration for homebuyers. This same research also suggests that homebuyers are willing to pay more for greener houses. 

There are a few reasons for this. A more efficient house costs less over time. It also means a new homeowner won’t have to bear the burden of making these upgrades themselves. And it’s better for the planet. 

In this article we’ll look at some of the reasons home buyers care about efficiency, and share how Sealed can play a role.

Natural gas

In a survey of New England realtors, the Boston Globe found that homes equipped with natural gas heat commanded $11 more per square foot—a difference of $22,000 on a 2,000-square-foot-home. 

Why homebuyers care

Natural gas is more convenient—because it’s piped directly to your home, you don’t have to arrange deliveries like you do with oil. New natural gas furnaces are also incredibly efficient, and waste far less energy than old oil furnaces.

If you live in an area where natural gas is available, you might be interested in our Gas Conversion plan

Smart home tech

In a survey conducted by real estate giant Coldwell Banker, 81 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to buy a home if it already had smart home tech installed.

Why homebuyers care

Smart home tech, like smart thermostats, can work wonders in reducing energy use and making your home more comfortable. 

As time goes by, smart thermostats actually learn your temperature preferences and patterns. This means that these little geniuses figure out when to raise and lower your home’s temperature, and in which rooms, based on your behavior. And because they’re connected to the internet, you can control smart thermostats from anywhere using your smartphone.

At Sealed, we’re big fans of smart thermostats, and include them as part of every home upgrade we make. 

Certification

MEEA, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, reports that green-certified homes sold for 9.5% more than non-certified homes.

Why homebuyers care

There are very few guarantees in life, and certification is one way for homebuyers to have some peace of mind that they’re paying for work done to a high standard. 

These days, certifications such as ENERGY STAR are typically awarded to new builds. Sealed does not currently offer certification on our installs. But we do work exclusively with home performance contractors certified by the Building Performance Institute.

And we offer a strong guarantee of our own: if you don’t save energy after the work is done, we don’t get paid.

Make the call

Every home upgrade is a big decision for you and your family. If you’d like to learn more about making your home more comfortable and efficient, we’d love to help.

Give us a call today, and one of our specialists will be happy to help you understand your options. 888-985-7481

April 4, 2020