Green homes are hot right now, and even if your home wasn’t built green, there are plenty of things you can do now that will make it more eco-friendly and help it appeal more to buyers.

Using natural window treatments and décor items in your staging helps a lot, especially if the window treatments are staying with the house. Using other natural materials makes the home seem more inviting.

If you’re not convinced that green homes are selling better than conventional homes, take this anecdotal evidence: a new construction home near my house was built with energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in mind. While most well-priced homes in this area take 6-8 months to sell, this one was under contract within a month. Buyers care about a home that’s going to save them money in the long run (such as efficient heating and cooling systems, good insulation and passive solar design) and homes with energy-saving features fit the bill perfectly.

Realty Times has an article that covers more of why you may want to stage your home in an eco-friendly way. If you’re planning to upgrade any of your home’s major systems or appliances, it’s probably worth it to spend a little extra for greener options, such as Energy-Star rated appliances.