In a turbulent property market, it’s important to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest trends. Buyer preferences, after all, are as fickle as the forces that shape the property market.
One of the biggest trends in the recent decade is the eco-friendly trend. No longer a trend restricted to more environmentally conscious homeowners, an energy-efficient home has become a practical necessity for many. In fact, NAHB’s What Home Buyers Really Want survey this year found that a good number of prospective buyers consider ENERGY STAR windows to be essential to their home purchase decisions, with the energy-efficient feature coming in second to a laundry room.
Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, a top residential window contractor in the state, elaborates on what this trend means for you as a homeowner below.
A Matter of Practicality
Now, prospective home buyers’ increasing concern for the environment doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re willing to pay for an energy-efficient home. In most cases, it’s the practicality of energy-efficient homes that draws them to such features. More importantly, energy-efficient features don’t just minimize power costs; they can raise the standard of comfort in a home, mainly through the regulation of interior temperature, at a lower cost.
The Affordability Trend
Prospective buyers’ preference for ENERGY STAR windows is in line with a wider affordability trend. The crisis in housing affordability has seen a spike in demand for smaller homes with less upscale features. While homeowners have become more willing to compromise on certain aspects of a new home, the minimum standards for comfort or quality of living have remained non-negotiable, more or less. And to that end, energy-efficient windows are a helpful addition.
The Little Details Matter
If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s important to pay attention to the details; it’s these tiny details that may clinch the sale. As such, whether you’re considering installing casement windows or other specialty windows, it’s best to consult a contractor or a design expert first. A mismatched design element, after all, is all it takes to ruin your curb appeal.
When looking for a contractor, it’s a good idea to choose one that offers a wide variety of design options.
Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento offers a wide range of premium windows, from picture windows to casement windows. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (916) 226-3359 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Davis, CA.