11. Energy Star certification
Buyers who want it: 81%
The Energy Star Residential New Construction Program certifies that a home or an apartment meets updated energy efficiency standards. Homebuyers are willing to pay an extra $8,728, on average, for a home that saves them $1,000 a year in utility bills, according to the NAHB report. In fact, more than a third of those surveyed said they’d spend more than $10,000 for those energy savings.
If you have an older home to sell, making it more energy efficient, even without certification, may help encourage a faster sale. Most (69%) of the 6,000 real estate agents surveyed recently by the National Association of Realtors said that promoting a home’s energy efficiency features in its listing is very or somewhat valuable.