After months of cursing your neighbor’s yappy Maltipoo, you’re finally ready to hammer that for sale sign on your lawn. Mazols! You’re one step closer to bark-free serenity. But before you break out the Dom Pérignon and start putting in offers on your new abode, there’s still the matter of, uh, selling your home. Piece of cake, right? Not exactly. While it’s still a seller's market, the rules of homebuying have shifted—and so have the home features that potential buyers are looking for.
According to a recent Zillow survey, climate change is at the forefront of most buyers’ minds, and their research has found that eco-friendly features can help homes sell up to 10 days faster. “A previous Zillow survey found nearly two-thirds of young adults believe climate change will impact their homes or communities in their lifetime. Those generations are now aging into their prime home-buying years, conscious of their ecological footprint and making purchase decisions based on their beliefs, values and principles,” explains Amanda Pendleton, Zillow's home trends expert. Long story short? Investing in sustainable features can boost your home’s Zestimate by 2.4 percent or more—and attract a pool of untapped buyers in the process. So below, find five eco-friendly upgrades that’ll get you top dollar for your home, plus expert commentary on what to look for in each.