New Home Search: 2 Eco-Friendly Improvements To Look For

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Looking for a new home is exciting, but that does not mean you should not be careful. You and your realtor should thoroughly inspect each home for outdated electrical systems or structural issues. But you should also consider how eco-friendly your future home will be. You can look for the following two things as you check out possible homes. If the house has them, this may save you time, money and help your home retain its value. 

1. Try to Find a Home That Has Solar Panels

You probably are doing your best to recycle and buy from local or pro-equality companies. But did you know that your home can help you keep the earth safe? One of the things you should look for is a home that has a solar panel installed on the rooftop. Or, make sure that the roof is in the best condition to handle a solar panel if you must install it yourself. 

Making sure that you install or have a solar panel should help you save money on your electricity bill. It should also help conserve energy by utilizing natural energy. The other reason that a solar panel is important is because it guarantees that your investment pays off. Several studies have shown that homes with a solar panel are highly valued in today's society. That should also help your home retain its value in the long-run. 

2. Watch Your Step, and Look At The Flooring

The next thing you want to think about is just how eco-friendly the flooring of your potential home is. One of the most sought after types of flooring is hardwood flooring. And this is for a good reason, as experts agree that wood flooring helps maintain the value of your home. You can look for a home with any wood-type flooring like bamboo, for example. The reason wood is so appealing is because it is the traditional look, and it is a natural type of flooring that adds to your eco-friendliness. 

Natural stone is another type of flooring that is very eco-friendly and should maintain the value of your home. The best things about natural flooring options is that they are natural insulators, so it should help keep heat in your home. That alone should help keep your energy costs low. 

As you can see, making sure that you purchase a home that contains the aforementioned improvements will help retain the value of your home and may help you save on energy costs. Talk to a company like The Gresham Group to learn more about the best features to look for in a new home.


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Apartment living can be a trial sometimes. Even the best apartment complexes can have problems, such as noisy neighbors. I experienced this firsthand with my newest neighbors. Between their partying and trashy existence, I was ready to go crazy. Late one night when they were being particularly noisy, I started researching my rights as a tenant. I found out I did not have to live with their inconsiderate behavior. As a public service, I decided to help others through this blog with their neighbor problems. Whether you are dealing with a landlord that will not do any repairs or bad neighbors, I can help.