It is likely 2021 will be a unique and interesting year in the property market. There is considerable uncertainty regarding the economy and the market, and some industry experts believe there will be a drop in the demand for property.
Therefore, if you are looking to sell your home at some point in 2021, you should be prepared to go the extra mile. Ensuring your property stands out for all the right reasons is helpful, and at Country Properties, we are here to assist you.
A growing number of property buyers are taking environmental matters into consideration when searching for a home. If you can improve the green credentials of your house, you should place your property in front of more likely buyers.
Help is available for home sellers
Near the end of 2020, the government announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant. This scheme allows property owners to apply for a grant to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The scheme funds up to two thirds of the improvement costs, up to the value of £5,000 per household.
Some qualifying green home improvements include:
- double and triple glazing
It is also possible to upgrade renewable energy features such as solar panels and heat pumps.
Evan Maindonald, CEO and founder of MELT Property, says: “With the government’s introduction of the Green Homes Grant and the public’s growing awareness of environmental issues, we are seeing a steady increase in buyers wanting to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. If you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, a good first step would be to review your property’s heating system. Old-fashioned heating systems will send utility bills rocketing and have a high carbon footprint. To reduce both, consider installing an Air Source or Ground Source Heat Pump.”
Many homeowners are planning changes
According to research carried out by City Plumbing, 84% of property owners in Britain “plan to make energy efficiency improvements” in 2021.
The events of the past year means many homeowners are keen to make changes around their home. Therefore, if you are looking to make improvements, you aren’t alone.
Over 52% of households look set to invest in energy-efficient measures to lower their energy bills. The preferred methods are as follows:
- Upgrading insulation in cavity walls
- Improving loft insulation
- Adding underfloor insulation
Evan Maindonald explains: “Improving insulation can have a significant impact on your property’s energy use. There is a wide variety of insulation materials available, each of which offers different benefits and suits different budgets. If you’re looking for something affordable that, at the same time, is environmentally friendly, you might want to consider cellulose insulation. This material is particularly well suited to insulation of floors, walls and roofs.”
If you plan on selling your home, and you want to ensure you connect with buyers, you need help in creating the most effective listings. At Country Properties, we are pleased to say we have helped connect many vendors and buyers in and around Letchworth Garden City. If you want to present your home in the most appropriate manner, please get in touch.
Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Letchworth Garden City branch is open and our and lettings personnel are here to assist you. To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 481100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org