Your home is one of the biggest assets you have. So, when you contemplate how to increase its value, you probably think about doing one of the typical home improvements such as a kitchen remodel, bath remodel, or room addition. These are among the top home updates you can make to add positive value to your home.
But what about crawl space encapsulation? While you won’t find this item in any top ten lists, it definitely can add net value to your home. The key is to understand the benefits that encapsulating your crawl space can bring to your home.
The average U.S. family spends $2,200 on energy bills annually, with half of this going to heat and cool their home. Encapsulating your crawl space can result in a savings to your energy bill of 10-20%.
As much as 40% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space. To think that you might be breathing air that contains contaminants that can make your family sick is reason enough to encapsulate your crawl space. But this can also be a selling point to new buyers.
When you encapsulate your home, the water vapor in the crawl space soil stays underneath the vapor barrier. This means your floors stay warmer in winter and your home is less humid in the summer.
Sealing your crawl space not only gives you the above benefits, it can also reduce or eliminate a lot of the pests such as termites and centipedes that get into your home by eradicating the moisture-laden breeding ground these pests like.
If you do decide to sell your home, be sure to list your crawl space encapsulation as one of your home improvements. You’ll find that you can get more money and a faster sale.
Contact Dr. Crawlspace at 971-275-2920 to schedule a free, no obligation estimate or contact us online to learn more about how we can improve your home’s resale value.