Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value
For most of us, buying a new home is the largest investment we will ever make. And we do so with the expectation that we will get a good return on our investment should we decide to sell. For that to happen, we are hoping and betting that the home will appreciate in value. While there is no sure way to predict home values in the future, since much depends on external factors like when you sell and where you live, building or buying a home that is certified as a high-performance home is a great way to hedge your bet.
TODAY’S HOME SHOPPER
Smart shoppers are aware that the cost of a new home is not just the initial price of the home, but rather the total cost of homeownership: the long-term utility bills and what it will cost to maintain the home. Here in the Coastal Bend area with the heat and humidity, this is very important to consider. Today’s home shopper needs to be focused on the high performance qualities of the home—looking beyond the luxurious marble floors, exotic granite countertops, designer lighting fixtures, and all the other “lipstick” features that don’t reveal how the home will perform in the long term.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME CERTIFICATION
The BUILT TO SAVE™ program is a voluntary program for homebuilders who strive to build above the minimum building code required by law. Homes certified as BUILT TO SAVE™ are inspected and tested by a licensed, third-party inspector who guarantees that the home has met the requirements of the program to receive the high performance label of BUILT TO SAVE™. Homebuyers receive a BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate which, much like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for household products, is recognized as a symbol of a product inspected and tested with a promise of quality and consumer satisfaction.
See the inside cover for a list of Coastal Bend builders that offer BUILT TO SAVE™ certification. Visit www.BuiltToSave.org to learn about homebuyer benefits of High-Performance BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes.