Why is an energy efficient home going to save you money?

Why is an energy efficient home going to save you money?

So you are looking for a property that fits all of your requirements and it’s hard enough without adding the energy efficiency one on the top of that. Nevertheless, considering moving to an environmentally friendly home could mean a whole lot more than you may think of at first.

Better performance

A home prepared to be efficient is much more effective. It controls the temperature better as well as indoor humidity; this reduces the likelihood of moisture on the walls and the damage caused to the furniture. It has more natural light, which is better for your eyes and your electricity bills.

More comfort

The isolation of the walls offers you some peace and quiet and at the same time it keeps the temperature stable, avoiding any drastic rise and falls.

It’s healthier

It improves the quality of the air, controls the indoor humidity and regulates the temperature which helps the immune system, specially for small children, the elderly and people with allergies.Furthermore, non-toxic materials protect you from future surprises.

Saves money

It might look like an expensive investment, but it’s proven to pay off in the mid run (5-10 years). Your bills will be considerably lower while you will be enjoying a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. In addition, the materials used are often high quality and will last much longer than the ones that are usually used.

Tax rebates

Many countries have environmentally friendly incentives to promote going green. Check your government’s website and find out if they can offer an incentive, if so you can have an idea of how much you can save. Also, there are often special mortgages for energy-efficient houses, which can help you afford your new home.

Helps the environment

It might seem obvious but it’s also important to mention. Homes are a huge source of pollution. In the U.S. alone they represent 16 percent of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions because of the fossil energies they depend on. This is the only planet we have, so by trying to live a little bit greener and by joining the conversation you are already helping saving it. Here’s to you!

7 tips for first time home buyers

7 tips for first time home-buyers

Buying a property for the first time can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life, but also one of the most rewarding. Along the process, you may find yourself anxious, tired and in need of guidance, but keep in mind that this happens to everybody. Follow these ten pieces of advice and you will never have to worry about making the wrong choice.

1. Don’t be in a rush

This is one of the most important decisions of your life and you don’t want to make it without giving it some thought. Patience is your ally.

2. Get your finances in place before you start looking

Finding how much you can actually afford will help you make the right choice. Keep in mind the additional costs that always appear along the way like taxes, intermediary fees, reforms…

3. Dedicate some time to get to know the market

Check online about the areas you are interested on and the prices you should be expecting per square meter and additional features.

4. Be rational despite falling in love

We tend to check the details instead of the big picture, which can be tricky when searching for the right property. Yes, it may have the perfect look or a beautiful front door, but if there are leaking roofs and damp in the walls, they are deal-breakers. Make sure you weigh pros and cons even though you have fallen in love with the property.

5. Consider fixer-uppers as an option

Let’s be honest, you will never find the perfect home or it might turn out to be far too over budget. Sometimes an unkempt property can be much cheaper, so you can spend that extra money repairing it exactly like you want it, as long as there are no major structural problems.

6. Hire a proper home inspector

When you have found a property, make sure it doesn’t hide any unpleasant surprises that might cost you tons of money in the future. A good home inspector should be able to scan it for plumbing, electricity, roof and foundations problems, usually the most expensive features to repair.

7. Investigate thoroughly the surroundings

Check online about the neighborhood’s safety, public transportation, schools or any other thing you might be interested on. Take a stroll through it and ask around, so you don’t find yourself trapped when it’s too late.

Some final advice

You have found a property, it’s time to make an offer and you feel like you just jumped off a cliff. Breath deeply, it’s absolutely normal. If you have done your homework, everything should be alright. You will soon find yourself in your own new home. Enjoy it!

Upgrade your walls for very little money

Upgrade your walls for very little money

Walls are an important aspect to consider when decorating our home, as they provide harmony and a good atmosphere to the rooms. However, dedicating some resources or time to customize and renovate them is not always a priority. Whether we want to preserve the same style for all the rooms or personalize them, there are always some creative options to choose from that will rejuvenate the atmosphere of your house. And this does not have to cost a fortune.

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Moving to another city, yes or no?

Moving to another city, yes or no?

Studying abroad, looking for a job in the city, learning or improving a language, or simply change of pace. There are many reasons why you are thinking about living in another city, country or continent. Even if it is willingly or by necessity, it means taking an important decision that has both strengths and weaknesses. Have a look at these aspects that will help you when thinking of moving to another city!

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Tips to find your ideal apartment

Tips to find your ideal apartment

Information technologies have allowed the average person to obtain any degree of information with just a few clicks. It allows us to extract information from search engines or digital encyclopedias. Likewise, looking for any specific piece of information becomes easier. At Trovit we want you to find your perfect apartment in your first try; we have recently added new filters in order to make your search more comfortable. If you are interested on finding out how they work, keep on reading!

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