In honor of Earth Day, The Rocky Mountain has gathered some suggestions on how Vail Valley homeowners and potential homeowners can reduce waste in three important areas – Energy, Money and Effort.
The US Department of Energy reports that as of July 2014, the 115 million residences in the United States were responsible for 22.5 percent of the country’s energy consumption. Considering how much of that consumption is simply wasted – heat leaking out of drafty windows and old ducts, old energy-guzzling appliances, and so on – reducing residential energy waste is rightly singled out by experts as an important way to reduce overall consumption. The “low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy” tips section of the linked Department of Energy page can help you reduce your home’s energy waste.
For Vail Valley homeowners, reducing energy waste has the added benefit of saving money on utility bills. Your utility providers might even help you do it. Programs like Holy Cross Energy’s Energy coaching or residential energy efficiency rebates provide the knowledge you’ll need, and sometimes even part of the of the cost, to make your home more energy efficient.
The U.S. News and World Report posted an interesting article on their Money Blog entitled “Six Things New Homeowners Waste Money On.” While we realize that the provocative title increases readership, the author does acknowledge that not everything on the list is always a complete “waste of money.” That said, you will find a list of places where costs can potentially be reduced if you’re paying attention.
You’ll find another provocative title on the same blog’s “Nine Hidden Home Buying Expenses That Can Really Cost You” article. The truth is, the cost of inspections, appraisals and the rest are not at all “hidden”. This is especially true if you are working with a professional agent, who will let you know exactly what to expect. Our blog’s Advice for Home Owners category is a great place to find more information on the entire home buying process.
Are you still trying to sell your Vail Valley home without the help of a professional Realtor? Why? That’s not just “Wasted Effort,” but “Wasted Time” and “Wasted Money.”
FSBO homes sell for nearly 20% less than homes represented by an agent on average. Considering the standard listing agent’s commission is 3% of sale price, the math is very much in favor of working with an agent.
If you’re looking to buy or sell Vail Valley Real Estate, Michael Routh’s Rocky Mountain Home Team has the tools and expertise to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to find out how we can save you time and money.