Oil Heated Houses Lose ValueIn an age of high energy costs, the first question from buyers when viewing a house is "oil or gas?" and "is it insulated?". Gas is now about one third of the cost of oil. In many areas of Concord, gas is not available. The solution is to insulate, insulate, insulate. Most houses in Concord that are more than 15 years old, (which is most of our housing inventory), are inadequately insulated. In the following link, the Town of Concord provides a helpful Guide to Saving Energy in Your Home:
A house that is well insulated can be marketed as a "green" house and the seller can boast about their heating bills. This will appeal to buyers who will pay more for the house. Buyers are interested in saving money with lower energy costs but they also feel a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Going "green" and being "sustainable" is a widespread popular trend.
I have just spent the last month shopping for insulation contractors to insulate my own house. I have talked to 5 contractors and have received 5 different bids including a wide variety of opinions and advice on insulation methods. I invite you to call me to talk about these contractors and their bids.
The following link: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/DIY_Guide_May_2008.pdf will enable you to see where cold air enters the house and where heat escapes.
Raise your home's value by reducing your fuel bills.