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How to add value to your home
Understandably, when you sell your home, you want to maximise your potential earnings. Considering that the best way to increase your home’s value, is to make energy efficiency improvements, this article will take you through the different ways you can boost your central heating system.
Install a new boiler
Replacing your old boiler, with a new, more efficient one, can increase the value of your home by £8,000. Not only will a replacement boiler add significant value to your home, but its improved energy efficiency rating is also an outstanding way to save money on your bills. After getting past the initial cost of a new boiler, you can expect the unit to last between 10 to 15 years, and even longer with regular servicing and maintenance work.
Install a hidden heating system
As potential buyers view a lot of houses, they will notice that most of them have radiators. Therefore, a property without them will become instantly memorable to the buyer. While modern heating systems provide a great way to save space, they are also perceived as a luxurious way of heating the home.
There are several different types of heating systems that are hidden from sight. One of these is underfloor heating, which can either be installed with a wet system, whereby hot water travels through the pipes, or a dry system, which uses electricity. Typically, skirting boards hold the sole purpose of improving the look of a room, by hiding the joint where the wall meets the floor. However, as heating systems have advanced, skirting boards can now play a role in heating your home.
In-wall heating works in a similar way to underfloor heating, although, it heats up the walls instead of the floors. If you are planning to renovate your property before selling it, this would be the best time to install this type of heating system.
Ensure your heating system runs efficiently
If your heating system is not working efficiently, energy will be wasted, as well as money. With that in mind, it is important to ensure your heating system is working effectively, to increase the value of your home.
To make sure that heat is not escaping, there are a few things you can do. These include replacing old windows, having your boiler serviced, installing thermostatic radiator valves and insulating the walls, hot water tank and pipes.
Lower your heating bills
An increasing number of potential buyers are interested in houses with low energy bills, as they are with having a garden and parking space. While, installing an efficient boiler, alongside a hidden heating system are well-documented methods to reduce energy bills, using energy from renewable sources is another common way to do this.
Solar PV panels are the most popular form of renewable technology. With this system, solar radiation is used to generate electricity from the sun, meaning you will not need to generate as much electricity from a supplier.
Make your home eligible for RHI
By installing a renewable energy system in your home, like solar panels, you will be eligible to receive renewable heat incentive payments from the government. The RHI was implemented to encourage homeowners to use renewable technology, instead of those operated by fossil fuels. If you are still due to receive these payments when you move out, they can be passed on to the buyer, making your property a more attractive prospect.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler grant or insulation grant via the ECO scheme, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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