NACMME

North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Adrianna On May - 26 - 2015 0 Comment

Green Home

Buying a green home takes a lot of research. If you’re not renovating the house yourself, you want to make sure the house has the right attributes and benefits that suit your environmental standards. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when shopping for your green home.

Location

Like any real estate purchase, location is one of the key decision factors. It’s going to be hard to find a house in a community that doesn’t practice eco-friendly habits. An ideal location would be a city that has small ecological footprints and alternative energy solutions. Surprisingly some of the most populated and industrious cities are also some of the most energy efficient and eco-friendly. Check out the list of the U.S.’ most energy-efficient cities.

Bigger isn’t always better

Especially when searching for an eco-friendly home. A larger home will require more energy, maintenance, and higher consumption of water and other resources. Smaller homes are more cost-efficient and will make your impact on the environment noticeably smaller.

Conduct an Energy Audit

Buyers should pay extra attention to the internal attributes of the house. Check out the appliances, are they energy efficient? In good condition and updated? You’ll also want to look at other things like the windows, the heating and cooling systems, and the plumbing. You can hire a professional to do the energy audit, or you can conduct one yourself with these tips

Ask the realtor

Your realtor will be your best tool through the search process. Having a knowledgeable person guide you will help you know what to look for and for the right price. Make sure you find a realty agency that specializes in buying and selling green homes. If a realtor has LEED AP after their name, it means that they’re part of an accredited group of professionals who are familiar with the standards put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. Green Resource Council is a great place to start.

Everyone’s home buying process is different. Make sure you know what you want beforehand, and do plenty of research before making a final decision.

 

About the Author:  Sarah is a guest contributor from Coldwell Banker-Hubbell Briarwood, a local realty agency located in Lansing, Michigan that’s dedicated to finding your dream home

Adrianna

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