Home staging has become an important part of real estate sales in recent years. However, in recent years, showcasing the eco-friendly aspects of your home could not only provide an attractive look to a home, but also increase the chances of staging a home for a quick sale.
“Designing sustainable living and community features at the forefront when the property is brought to market – albeit with smart technology integration and use of natural resources – is a surefire way to capture buyers’ attention,” says Homestager Kirsty Fisher, Business Development Manager at home staging company Lemon & Lime Interiors.
In a survey by home insurance company Aviva, two-thirds of homebuyers say they would consider buying an eco-friendly or sustainably-built home, with nearly a quarter of this group saying it would actually be a priority for them.
When it comes to sustainability features these homebuyers want, there’s a growing choice, Kirsty adds: “Whether it’s durable and energy-efficient alternatives or showcasing upcycled furniture on first viewing, current buyers are feeling more too eco-friendly Products attracted spaces.’
How much added value can sustainable features offer?
Ben Fisher, a real estate investor and owner of asset management firm The Fisher Group, believes at least 70 percent of homebuyers are now demanding sustainable features. “I would say that eight out of ten buyers are even willing to pay around 45 percent more just to get environmentally friendly houses.
“Most buyers want Energy Star certified windows and appliances or triple-glazed double-glazed windows that exceed required codes, efficient lighting, water-saving toilets and water heaters.”
How to stage sustainable living functions
Some sustainability features may not be obvious, so make sure you highlight them to your agent and buyers, says Amy Stansfield, home expert at wallcovering company Wall Sauce. “Of course, anyone can see the solar panels on your roof, but does he know that you have low-VOC wallpaper that uses eco-friendly inks? Or that the wallpaper you use is recyclable?’
Not all sustainable features have to be high-priced items costing thousands of dollars. Climate-conscious touches — literally — don’t have to cost the earth, says Erin Sykes, chief economist at Nest Seekers International.
“For example, I like to see reclaimed hardwood accents,” she says. “Reclaimed and repurposed wood brings a unique sense of history and texture to a space. And then super modern additions like smart thermostats and lights. These are not only environmentally friendly, but efficient. The ability to remotely adjust thermostats and lights is a great asset for busy people or those who travel often.”
If you’re looking to sell, make an effort to highlight sustainable or energy-saving features. The small features could all add up to a substantial premium and eager buyer.