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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 10/4/2020


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For a homeowner who wants to make green improvements and renovations to their personal property, the Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions, or CC&Rs, of the local homeowner association can pose problems that cost time, money and freedom of choice. This is especially true for homeowners who wish to make structural or aesthetic changes to existing homes. Here are only a few of the battles you might face when the local HOA discovers your plans for going green in a traditional or historic neighborhood.

Your Planned Solar Panels Aren't Warming Anyone's Hearts

While some HOAs may interfere with your choice of color of solar panels, others may not permit them at all. It's an aesthetic dilemma. Allowing solar panels on one home differentiates it from the others. In a community that's built upon history or tradition, individuality is rarely a good thing. If you're thinking of adding solar panels to a home that's governed by an HOA, you may be forced to buy certain-colored panels, or you may be banned from adding them at all. Consider this before buying a home, if you plan to make green upgrades in an area that features a homeowner association.

Your Energy Efficient Windows Are Getting a Cold Reception

Windows that feature double-paned glass or visible solar tints may get you in hot water with your HOA. Changing out historic windows and doors for more energy-efficient versions should be advantageous, right? Not if doing so sets your home apart from your neighbors or your condo unit apart from the rest of the building. If you want those new, modern windows that lower the cost of your energy bill over time, and you live in a home regulated by an HOA, prepare to fight for your right for window replacement. 

Your New Cool Metal Roof Is Being Hotly Debated

Cool metal roofing is all the rage for homeowners who live in dramatic climates. Cooler in summer and warmer in winter, they'd be a big improvement over those old cedar shakes your home is currently rocking. But you'll probably never experience the convenience of cool metal if you live in an historic area where cedar shakes abound. While your HOA can't prevent you from repairing or replacing a failing roof, they can legally limit the materials you use to do it. 

While homeowner associations do a lot for the communities they serve, they can cause consternation to those homeowners who place value on energy efficiency above historic appeal. If you're planning to buy or renovate a home that's regulated by the CC&Rs of the local HOA, make sure you completely understand the limitations they impose before you buy. Once in, you're bound by the rules you agreed to follow, even if it means sacrificing energy efficiency in lieu of tradition. 

 

 

 





Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 8/25/2019

When it comes to improving the home, most people tend to focus on high-end amenities. While this may make your home look luxurious, it does not boost home value so much. As a homeowner, when improving your home, you should have an eye on increasing its worth. One of the ways to achieve that is by going "Green."

Contrary to popular belief, making your home green won't cost you an arm and a leg, and it is affordable and relatively simple to attain. Having a green home makes it more healthy to live in and also contributes to an eco-friendlier planet. Here are some easy home improvement tips to make your home green and healthy:

Insulate

Adding insulation to your home can improve energy efficiency. Even in a new home, you can cut out the energy cost by boosting up your insulation. One of the most comfortable places to add insulation in the attic; however, loose-fill insulation can be installed on the walls without going for a costly renovation.

Use low flow

Switch the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to low-flow options. Taking this simple step will save a lot on water and heating bills.

Smart flooring

Rather than using carpet, you can use bamboo, cork or recycled woods for your home flooring.

Replace your light bulbs

Switching your incandescent bulb to energy-efficient LED light bulbs will consume 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. 

Add some plants

To complete the list, add some plants to your home. Plants are not just for decoration the will help purify the air in your home.

Seal air leaks

Another easy way to make your home green and healthy is by sealing up crack windows to prevent air from escaping. Sealing can be carried outdone either with weather caulk or stripping.

Filter your tap water

If you drink tap water directly from the sink, it is best you get a water filter to make sure your water is not contaminated. Even though local water companies filter tap water, the water is still not free from contaminants. Attaching a filter to your faucet or fridge will get rid of these contaminants.

More windows

You can add more windows to bring in natural light into your home. This reasonable step will save you a significant sum of money on electrical bulbs. If you have a big budget, you can double glaze the reduce to make it sound proof. 

Making these easy changes will prevent you home efficient as well as prevent you from falling sick. If you want to know which to do first, talk to your real estate agent about the most popular “Green Home” options in your neighborhood.




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