No matter what time of year it is, there are reasons we want or need to sell our home. Before listing your home for sale, we have some hot tips on clean, easy green home upgrades that might help you sell your home faster. And if you and your potential buyers feel better about the planet, that’s a win-win.
Living the Green Life
Simple houseplants bring many benefits into the home. Scientific research says that indoor plants are a mood booster, an air cleaner, and help improve your family’s sleep. Overall, you could say houseplants bring positive energy into the home. (They’re definitely easy green home upgrades for anyone with a green thumb!)
These are some great perks, but even without them, houseplants are pretty and beautify the spaces they occupy. Depending on your weather—hot and dry or moist and humid—choosing the right type of plant is a lifesaver for those who don’t have a green thumb. So be sure to do your research about the amount of sunlight and water requirements for the different types of plants sold in your area.
The best houseplants for cleaning the toxins out of the air in your home
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum )
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum )
- Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena reflexa )
- Snake Plant) (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa )
- Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraeanum )
- English Ivy (Hedera helix )
A Well-Lighted Space
Back in the day, buying traditional incandescent light bulb meant choosing a bulb shape and wattage which indicated the brightness of the bulb. There weren’t too many choices and bulbs were cheap.
If you’ve been to the home improvement store lately, then you’ve undoubtedly seen LED light bulbs—the price range and selection can be confusing. However, consulting with a knowledgeable green building electrician will make LED bulbs easy green home upgrades that will do double duty as a marketing bonus when selling your home.
The first energy-efficient bulbs on the scene several years ago were CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs). But no matter how they were promoted, they created a pale ghostly face staring back at you in the mirror. Today, LEDs offer a better lighting experience, but they may not last as long as the box says. Some products claim to have a “40-year lifespan.”
Check with your city government and local utility provider to find out if there are any organizations in your city offering to switch out incandescent bulbs for LED light bulbs. Also, keep in mind, not all LEDs are created equal. To know you are purchasing LEDs with the maximum benefits, look for the Energy Star label. This means they meet standards for brightness, color quality, efficiency, steadiness and direct lighting when switched on.
Roll-up your sleeves for easy green home upgrades in one or more rooms in your house. Realtors and home stagers agree that DIY home painting project can improve the look and mood of your home instantly. Bottom line? It offers the biggest bang for the buck.
Choosing a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) will be good for your realtor’s marketing material and safe for your family and indoor air quality. What is a VOC? Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are carbon-containing substances that easily become vapors or gases. They can be present in paints, coatings and cleaning products.
Since the green building movement of the early oughts, paint manufacturers have been perfecting their formulations to balance the needs of human health with those of durability. It’s worth staying on top of the latest residential paint products by looking for online resources you can trust—approved lists from GreenSeal and GreenGuard.
Look up Green Seal-approved paints or check out a long-standing, reputable green building source GreenGuard-certified paints. Note that the Consumer Reports list of best-performing interior paints. The publication only evaluates products that claim to be low- to no-VOC.
Make it Clean and Green
Scrubbing, sweeping, wiping, vacuuming – wouldn’t it be great if a gadget could do all that for you? Besides the secret Robot Maid Elon Musk and other Silicon Valley giants developed a couple of years ago, not much has advanced beyond the ground-breaking Roomba. Any realtor will tell you, creating a clean, inviting space is the first step to selling your home.
Robotic cleaning devices, like iRobot Roomba, come instantly to mind. Check out the many connected cleaning devices that will vacuum and even mop for you.
- Ecovacs Deebot N79S: $229.00
- Eufy RoboVac 11: $219.99
- iRobot Roomba 960: $699.99
- Neato Botvac D7 Connected: $799.00
- Eufy RoboVac 11: $219.99
- iLife A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner: $249.00
- iRobot Roomba 690: $299.00
- Dyson 360i: $999.00
Having one of these gadgets floating around the floor is sure to spark conversation between your realtor and potential buyers. And who knows, it might make your houses stand out from all the other homes on the market.