The days of talking but doing nothing as far as environment protection is concerned is all but over. We are today living in a world which certainly is hurtling towards a major environmental disaster because of increased levels of pollution. Under the above circumstances it is very important for us to find out ways and means by which we can contribute our might with mite for making the lives of the next generation. The best place to start without any doubt is the home where we live. Hence, today a lot of importance is being paid to environment friendly homes. It is no longer a lip service but is becoming something of a movement. There also is a lot of commercial benefit when one walks the talk as far as environmental standards are concerned.
Valuing a home or real estate property is very important as far as the buying and selling process is concerned. Today’s valuers place a lot of importance of the quality of environment standards that are in place in the homes that they appraise. Hence, it makes lot of commercial and economic sense for customers to look for homes that are well and truly environment friendly. For example, simple things like good rain harvesting and water conservation methods can go a long way in increasing the value of homes by quite a few thousand dollars.
Additionally, the type of materials that go in to building homes could also contribute positively or negatively to the environment. Valuers in particular are impressed with homes that use environment friendly materials for home building. The doors, windows and other such fixtures and fittings should be made from environment friendly materials. Further, the lighting system and the electrical and electronic fittings should be energy efficient. They should not contribute to increased emission of polluting agents like gas and other harmful substances. Water conservation methods should also be quite visible and working as far as kitchen, bathroom and toilets are concerned.
Many homes do not pay attention to the quality of the garden and backyard. This is also a place that can play a very important role in increasing the overall efficiency of water conservation in the home. Going in for faucets that are energy efficient and prevent wastage are simple things that should be always kept in the mind. Last but not the least, felling of trees to make way for modifications should be avoided to the maximum extent possible.
When buying homes, there are quite a few important points that should be considered. The size of the home, the location and the cost are a few aspects that should be taken into account before finalizing the deal. Apart from this there is also the need to pay a lot of attention to the quality of environment in which the home is constructed. Today, there is a big demand for environment friendly homes.
There have been many instances where value of many homes has increased by a few thousand dollars because efforts have been made to make them environment friendly. Though this is just a small beginning it will not be long before this becomes more and more popular. The day is not far off when valuers and appraisers will make it mandatory that homes with environment friendly materials and construction will fetch much higher prices. It is also quite possible that government and local authorities might also make it mandatory that homes should be constructed only to some tough environmental standards and guidelines.
Under the above circumstances, it is very important that as home owners we take special steps to ensure that our homes are environment friendly. It is no a big job and if we are at it when the home is being constructed, things will automatically fall in place. For example, when the home is taking shape it would be better if we put in place some scientific and well thought out rain harvesting methods. Further, when we go in for fixtures and fittings for our homes, we should always ensure that they are eco friendly. Instead of going in for the conventional bulbs and tube lights, we would do better to choose LED lighting systems.
In the same way when it comes to toilets, bathrooms and kitchens, we should look at faucets that help prevent wastage of water. Further, the rooms should be airy and the ceiling heights should be quite generous allowing free movement of air and light. The color of the flooring, the material that is used for flooring should also be eco friendly. As far as the doors and windows are concerned, it would always be advisable to go in for materials that are eco friendly and do no cause permanent damage to forests and vegetation. Hence, if we put our heads together, we can certainly come up with many such eco friendly ideas.
A house becomes a home only when people start living in it and there is love, warmth and enjoyment flowing through it. Further we also have to bear in mind the home we live in must be healthy from various points of homes. They should be well ventilated and should have sufficient light, and air flow. The windows, doors and other exit points should be generous enough to permit free flow of fresh air whenever possible. The ceiling heights also have a role to play as far as the environment friendly nature of the homes are concerned. It has been found that when the ceilings of high it not only facilitates movement of air and better lighting but also helps in creating a more positive environment for the entire home.
Apart from the above, there are other important things to also keep in mind when going in for environment friendly homes. The kind of wood that is used for making doors, the flooring type, the electrical switches and other appliances that are used are simple examples where one could be environment friendly. For example, the furniture, fixtures and fittings should not only be good to look at but should preferably be made from materials that are eco-friendly and fully recyclable. Making doors and windows for a reasonable sized home might call for felling one big tree. This is not the right way to be environment friendly as far as your home is concerned. It would be better to look for alternate materials which do not deplete the scarce forest materials and other such raw materials.
Now coming to lighting arrangements in home it would be better to go in for electrical appliances that are energy efficient. It would be better to look for suitable LED lighting systems. They not only are bright and durable, but also are very energy efficient. Apart from helping save a lot by way of energy bills they emit less harmful substances that could damage the environment. In the same light it would be pertinent to mention here that the bathroom, toilet and kitchen fittings should also contribute towards the home being eco friendly. Last but not the least, one has to remember that when it comes to valuing the home with the help of professional valuers, the need to have eco friendly homes are becoming important. It has been found that homes having good rain harvesting facilities could see the same increase in value by quite a few thousand dollars.
There are increased number of instances where real estate buyers are looking for homes and even commercial establishments that are eco friendly and environment friendly. This is because the days of talking and crying hoarse about the environment is over and the time now has come to put those talks and shouts into action. This is something that thousands of homeowners are realizing. The real estate market is also awakening to this reality. Under the above circumstances, it is quite natural that property valuers and appraisers also find lot of commercially beneficial to build homes and properties that are eco friendly. Today many homes that have some tangible environment friendly constructions have fair market values that are quite a few thousand dollars more than other properties. Hence from the pure economic point of view too it makes good sense to go in for eco friendly homes.
There are many ways and means by which one can go for homes that are eco friendly. For example the raw materials that are used in constructing homes can be eco friendly. Further the fixtures and fittings that are used in homes also go a long way in making a home environment friendly. The kind of electrical appliances that are used, the kind of faucets and other fittings that are used in kitchens, toilets and bathrooms also could have a big impact on the environment friendly nature of such homes. Further homes that are eco friendly should have scientific water conservation methods where rain water harvesting is made mandatory.
The kind of material that is used for making furniture can also impact the environment friendly nature of homes. Instead of using teak and other types of wood it would be better to go in for plastic, metal and other types of materials. This will certainly help protect the environment and help in making them eco friendly. Further it has to be also understood that having an eco friendly homes also goes a long way in making the home a healthier place. It also has been proven beyond doubt that eco friendly are more cost effective unlike to common perception that they tax one budget too much. Hence, at the end of the day, there is no doubt that going in for eco friendly homes is no longer a choice but a necessity.
There are many factors that have a big role to play when it comes to the valuation of a property. It could be the location of the property, the size, age, availability of infrastructure, availability of various facilities and amenities just name of few. Of late, there is a growing awareness regarding the need for homes being environment friendly. The increase in pollution is caused by various factors including homes that are built without any consideration or respect for the environment in which we live. We as responsible citizens have an important role to play in ensuring that we handover our planet to our children in the same manner as we had borrowed it from our parents.
Today environment friendly homes are no longer a luxury but a necessity. We have to be careful about the kind of raw materials that we are making use of when constructing homes. We have to try and avoid raw materials that would cause destruction of forest and eventually lead to the destruction and damage to the environment. A typical example is the furniture, doors and windows that we use in our homes. For every door or window we make we mayhave to cut down one full grown tree. This is very dangerous and should be discouraged at all points in time. Instead we should try to go in for environment friendly raw materials which will avoid using precious natural raw materials. We have to wear in mind that modern day valuers pay a lot of attention to the environment friendly nature of our homes. The more we care for our environment in our homes, the higher will be the value of the home. So there is lot of commercial sense in going in for homes that are closure to the nature.
Apart from raw materials that we use in homes we can also contribute positively to the environment by going in for energy friendly electrical and electronic appliances. For example instead of going in for conventional electric bulbs and tube lights, we can instead choose LED lights which are very energy efficient. We can also have auto stop facilities for taps and faucets, which can go a long way in helping conservation of precious drinking or potable water.
Whenever we buy a property we have three main objectives in mind. The first big objective is to look at the property as an investment and see that it gives handsome returns over a period of time. The next important reason is to save on rental expenses by moving to our own home or apartment. The third and most attractive proposition is to make passive income out of the property by giving it on rent. Whatever be the option that is being chosen by us, at the end of the day we have to find out ways and means to increase its value continuously. However, this has to be thought about when buying the property. For example, today, many customers are paying lot of attention to the environment friendly nature of properties. Therefore this has to be kept in mind because it will certainly impact the value of the property going forward.
It would be pertinent to point out here that many modern day valuers are paying a lot of attention and importance to the environment friendly nature of the properties. For example, they are specifically concerned about the kind of fixtures and fittings that are being used in home. The lighting and other electrical gadgets should be eco-friendly and contribute to saving of electricity and power. If this happens valuers would certainly add more marks to such properties which would get reflected in the valuation of the same. There have been many instances where the value of properties have gone by quite a few thousand dollars just because some bit of attention and care has been paid in this area.
Unlike the common perception, it would be pertinent to mention here that going in for eco friendly devices in homes is not a costly proposition. On the contrary it might work out much cheaper both from the revenue and capital perspectives. But the onus is on the customers to spend some time and effort and gather enough knowledge on the subject matter. It is something that has to come from within because not much can be done by the authorities beyond a certain point. At the end of the day, as responsible users of the earth, we have a duty to hand it over in good condition to our children and grandchildren.
There are many points that need to be taken into consideration when one is valuing a real estate property. On the one side is the location of the property, the size, the type of construction and on the other side the look and feel of the same and also the age of the property. Today, a new attribute is also getting added to the overall value of a property and it is the environment friendly nature of the property.
Today’s customers are becoming very environment conscious and they are not restricting it to the outdoors alone. In fact if one looks at the biggest generation of polluters then there is hardly any doubt that it is from our homes. Whether it is the refrigerators or air conditioning systems that we use or the kind of lighting arrangements that we put in place, almost each one of them has a big role to play in how environment friendly our homes are. Even valuers and appraisers are today paying a lot of attention to this area. The better your home is in terms of environment friendly appliances and constructions the higher its value will be.
There are many ways and means by which you can make your home environment friendly. Simple things like going in for eco friendly lights and appliances in the home is perhaps the best way to start your journey of making your home eco friendly. You could replace costs fluorescent lights with more eco friendly LED lights. They not only are quite bright and good to look at, they consume much lesser electricity. They also do not emit very hot and harmful lights that could damage the environment over a period of time.
There is also the need to look at ways and means by which one can make the surroundings also eco friendly. Efficient and environment friendly methods of garbage collection and disposal are areas where lot of attention and importance has to be paid. Further if you own your own individual home, then it is very important for you to keep in mind the importance of keeping your garden in good shape and condition. All these do not cost much money but certainly they go a long way in increasing the overall value of your and make them eco friendly.
The single biggest reason why we are showing lot of interest to go in for environment friendly homes is because we simply do not have a choice. Given the kind of pollution that we are responsible for, unless we start making a beginning in our homes nothing much will change on the ground. Hence, today thousands of home builders are beginning to understand the importance of environment friendly homes because of the obvious benefits that they bring to the environment at large. They go a long way in making the home a more comfortable place to live in.
Further over the past few years valuers have also started paying attention to this fact. It would not be out of place to mention here that many valuers are ready to increase the value of the properties by quite a few thousand dollars if they have the basic environment friendly practices in place. Unlike the common perception that such environment friendly approaches cost lot of money, the fact of the matter is that they are very affordable if they are put in place when the house is being built. Making changes to it at a later point in time is what could make the whole thing expensive. Here are a few important tips that could help your home to have a higher valuation report from your valuer.
First and foremost, you should make it a point to use only environment friendly construction materials to the maximum extent possible. When it comes to wardrobes, furniture and other such fixtures and fittings it is important for you to always look for solutions that are eco-friendly. Your electrical appliances and fixtures should also contribute to lower consumption of energy. You could also look for alternate sources of energy like solar or windmill energy. It will not only make your home an environment friendly place but will also go a long way in reducing energy costs over a period of time.
Global warming is without any doubt one of the biggest problems that the earth is facing today. There are a number of reasons for this and unbridled and unplanned construction activities are also one reason for this. Though it is likely that in the initial investment could be high, from the long term point of view it could be very beneficial from the environment point of view. Most real estate customers do not go ahead with these green properties because of the fact that they find the initial investments too heavy to bear. But today there are a number of banks and financial institutions that are ready to offer the same and reasonably low rates of interests.
Further if you have a home that is already constructed you could try and implement some simple and cost effective green initiatives. A beginning could be made in the garden and other surrounding areas of the garden. Having a good landscaping idea is perhaps a simple yet worthwhile solution. The next important tip that could be very useful is to choose the right electrical devices in your home. Instead of going in for conventional lighting arrangements, today there are many LED lighting systems that could be tried out.
The next important suggestion that could a long in way making a home green is to use gadgets that could help save power and water consumption. For example, one could think of going in for solar based energy which will prove very beneficial from the environment point of view. It will also go a long way in also reducing energy costs though the initial investments could be a bit high. Last but not the least, one has to keep in mind that today many valuers pay a lot of attention to the green initiatives that are being taken by home owners and this gets reflected in the overall valuation of the home.
To begin with we have to understand that customers have also started waking up to the need of environment friendly homes. Hence as a seller you should be aware of the changing mindset amongst thousands of customers. Once this fact dawns on you, you will start making homes that are environmentally friendly and not damaging to the eco system. Here are a few such tips that could be kept in mind.
Many building promoters and real estate businessmen are realizing the importance of going in for recycled materials for their construction purposes. Instead of looking for new materials, you should be on the lookout for recycled wall materials, windows, flooring material and so on. It would be wrong to assume that they will look shabby and old. Once polished, they will look as good as the new ones if not better. They will also help you to make significant savings on your material costs which is also very welcome.
When constructing homes you should look for pre-installed sources of energy which apart from being environment friendly will also go a long way in curbing energy costs. You will have to pay attention to specifics such as the lighting arrangements, the gadgets that you use in your homes, etc.
You must also bear in mind that eco friendly homes is no longer lip service. Many valuers are today paying a lot of attention to this fact and are ready to assign higher value to homes that are eco friendly and environmentally safe. For example, if you have a garden it is high time that you spruced it up and used eco friendly solutions to make it look good and attractive. The paints that you use in your homes should also be free from harmful chemicals which will certainly be a positive when you are valuing your home.