Energy efficiency 'a big attraction' to property buyers

16th Feb 2012

People considering buying new homes in the UK in the weeks and months ahead will be paying attention to issues such as energy efficiency when making their decision to invest, one expert has advised.

Graham Lock, director and co-founder of HouseNetwork, said that if your windows are showing signs of wear and tear then homeowners should definitely invest in new ones.

"It can make all the difference and will certainly increase the value of your home. A beautiful home can be ruined by rotting windows and [these] will have a negative impact when buyers are negotiating on price," he explained.

The expert added that having a good set of windows installed will improve the saleability of the home and add value.

In this sense, the more energy-efficient the home is, the better - as saving on heating bills will be a major plus for buyers, Mr Lock stated.

People can add further value to their property by making amendments to the exterior of the home, and noted that investing in the front garden is worthwhile, especially if people can create parking spaces.

If there is the chance to lower the curb and create a front driveway, then people should do it, as this will increase the value of the home significantly, especially if there is a lack of parking in the area, he concluded.ADNFCR-1286-ID-801294624-ADNFCR

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