At Liberty Blue Estate Agents we have noticed a trend change when it comes to buyers looking for their first home. Previously most buyers wanted a home that was pretty much turn-key.
However, in the past year, there has been a stronger demand from buyers looking for a home which can offer them a project. The result is that older townhouses which had been left aside and looking sad are being bought by buyers who see their potential. These buyers want to invest the time and energy into a redesign and retrofit.
These buyers are availing of some great supports and grants to help them transform their homes into a cosy comfortable home.
Retrofitting can greatly improve the quality of life and health of people in their homes. Plus, it will improve the value of a property. A central part of the Governments Climate Action plan involves upgrading home insulation because Irish homes are responsible for 25% of overall energy use and 10% of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Better Energy Homes scheme is a great incentive for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their property. This scheme is also open to Landlords and owners of more than one property. The Better Energy Homes scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Before you buy materials or start any grant-funded work, you must qualify first through the application process. Beware, if you have already started work, you will not be eligible for a grant. Once you are approved, you have 6 months to get the works completed and claim the grant.
To qualify you must
For more information on grants aviavlable for retrofitting check out https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/
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