Up here a man put a slate roof on his ranch. A very expensive and long lasting roof. When he went to sell it he gained no value at all. Buyers expect a roof. If you put a premium roof on your house it may generate premium viewings but not a premium price.
I would not count on any improvements you make to add you profit. Most lose more money than it costs to add them.... more
Some HOA's have restrictions about the type of roof you may have, composition/metal/slate/tile. Some HOA's go as far as restricting the installation of solar panels. I sincerely hope that this changes, now that people begin to see the real value that solar panels produce. If there is a particular neighborhood your concerned about let me know. I may have the HOA information in my files. I try to save this information for this exact type of question!
Betina Foreman Realtor
1801 S. MOPAC, #100
Austin, TX 78746... more
Unfortunately there is no clear definition of a "green built home" yet. Energy Star for example is a marketing idea, not necessarily a green idea.
Standards for green homes might include direction, instant hot water, lighting, solar panels, min AC SEER rating, min insulation rating, construction materials such as bamboo, insulation types such as foam vs blow, radiant barriers, etc. How about yards....should they be xeriscape?
I see very few homes built in what I consider really green fashion and in many ways they are not green at all.... more