Energy upgrades that can help your home sell faster

Moving is stressful. Between hoping you’ll get the price you want for your current home and then packing up all your possessions into boxes, it’s no wonder that by the end you swear “I’m never doing this again!”

According to a recent CENTURY 21 Canada survey which asked more than 1000 real estate agents what homeowners want, homes with energy efficient features are increasingly important to buyers, and they’re willing to pay a premium for appliances and upgrades that increase efficiency. But where should you start with so many options on the market? It really depends on your budget.

Low cost upgrades (under $100):

Light fixtures: If some of your lighting is looking a bit dated, you may need to upgrade it for staging purposes. Consider energy-saving light fixtures. They use up to 90% less energy than conventional fixtures and they also distribute light efficiently and evenly. They come in styles to fit each area of your home, so any update can be done energy efficiently.  (Cost: 35+)

Light bulbs: Regardless of whether you need new fixtures, it also makes sense to ensure the bulbs that light the home are efficient too. Incandescent and harsh CFL bulbs can be replaced with task specific ENERGY STAR certified LED lightbulbs. (Cost: $8-$30)

Bathroom fans: These are rarely replaced until they are broken, but they make a huge difference. Plus, fans that are ENERGY STAR certified use a remarkable 50% less energy. Potential homeowners will appreciate the small upgrade that will make a big difference in the dampness (and potential mildew) of a bathroom. (Cost: $60+)

Fix drafts: The first impression is the most important. If a potential buyer feels an emotional connection to the property, they’ll do almost anything to make sure they call it home. Part of that first impression is how he/she feels when they walk around. If cold air is creeping in through window sills and under doors, they’re likely to wonder what else is wrong with the place. Increase comfort and cut down on drafts with new weather stripping or caulking (Cost: $10+)

Energy saving shower heads/ water nozzles: These are one of the easiest replacements to make to your house. An added bonus? Many utility companies often give them away for free. Even if you don’t sell your home immediately, you’ll see the benefits on your utility bill right away. If you are selective about design, you may have to pay a bit more. (Cost: free- $100)

Medium cost upgrades ($100-$300):

HVAC/Furnace maintenance and filters: This is something that should be done with seasonal maintenance anyway. But telling buyers that the maintenance visit is complete and the system is up to date provides a peace of mind that is worth more than the cost of the visit. Filters should be replaced fairly often, which will improve efficiency, the lifespan of the unit, and the quality of your air. (Cost: filters, $40+/maintenance visit, $150).

Smart Thermostat: These are the newest technology and some of the most satisfying smart technology to own. The most up-to-date thermostats can be controlled with your phone and help you manage your energy usage from anywhere. Some of the best ones include the Nest and Ecobee. (Cost: $220+)

Attic Insulation: Air leaks in the attic can result in substantial heat loss in your home. Even worse, that heat loss can lead to moisture-related problems. This isn’t an upgrade that you want to skip, because it could end up costing you more in the long run! The extent of the work that needs to be done depends on what type of attic you have already. Consult a professional for the best advice. (Cost: $200+)

Higher cost upgrades ($400+):

Home Energy Audit: If you really want to impress a potential buyer, give them all the information they might need. An expert can bring in special equipment and expertise to show you where you are using the most energy and what changes will result in the biggest savings. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home for a year or two, you can benefit from the analysis and pass it along to future buyers so they know what to expect. The upfront cost is steep, but could easily pay off. (Cost: $400+)


Energy efficient windows and doors: This is a huge undertaking, and very expensive, but well worth the investment. New windows will likely be double pane and hold the warmth in your home better than old windows. Doors and skylights can also benefit from the ENERGY STAR seal of approval. Better yet, their website has a climate guide for Canada to indicate which windows are best suited to your home. (Cost: $1000+)


Once all the upgrades are complete, don’t forget to advertise it. Be sure to inform your real estate agent so they can market your home as energy efficient and help you sell your home as a smart one.

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CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty welcomes new owners


Winnipeg, MB (September 5, 2017) – Longtime owner of CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty Dennis Lozinski is pleased to welcome James Mariano and Geoff and Regan Archambault as co-owners of the franchise. He says they all offer different strengths which makes them a very strong team.


“I am excited to have some new people and perspectives running the franchise with me,” says Lozinski. “I had been looking for the right transition for some time and planted the seed with my new co-owners a while ago. As it turned out, things timed out perfectly for the change that took effect September 1.”


James Mariano has been in the real estate industry for 10 years. He ran a successful team, obtained his broker’s license two years ago and becoming a co-owner of a franchise was the natural next step for his career. “I have a passion for technology and the new tools can help agents in a successful career. I look forward to bringing that expertise to my new team.”


Geoff Archambault has known Losinski for 25 years and they’ve worked together at CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty for the past 16. The two had discussed a partnership in the past, and the time seemed right to make it happen this year. Along with his wife, Regan, the Archambault’s bring market expertise and a long-standing commitment to being involved in the community. “That’s something we know will continue. CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty has history of supporting Easter Seals and several other local and national charities. We feel strongly that it is an important part of our business.”


“Succession planning and a focus on Generation X and Millennials continues to be a priority for the brand, and we are excited to welcome Geoff, Regan and James to the ownership group,” says Brian Rushton, Executive Vice-President of Century 21 Canada.


Together, the new team has decided their priority is to have a great environment for sales representatives to thrive and office culture where every team member feels as though they are contributing to company goals.


Drop by the new CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty at 1415A Henderson Hwy in Winnipeg or visit their website to discover the CENTURY 21 difference. 



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About CENTURY 21 Canada™

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About CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty


CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty has served the local market for 16 years, providing home buyers and sellers with industry leading insights, marketing, and exposure for their properties. The company is also an active member of the community, contributing to a number of local and national charities, including Easter Seals. They currently have 46 agents in three offices.

A hot water heater makes up 19% of your energy bill. Why it’s important to research a replacement before an emergency

If your water heater is more than 10 years old, you should start thinking about your options and what type of replacement is best suited for your needs. Doing at least a little light research now means that you won’t frantically gather information when the old one fails on a Friday night at 10pm during a snowstorm! Because this is something that you’ll use daily for the next 10-15 years, you’ll want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

First a few facts:

  • Water heaters are the 2nd highest energy user in the home—about 19% of your energy bill.
  • Canadians use an average of 75 Litres of hot water each at home every day—for washing dishes and clothing, cleaning and showering or bathing.
  • The most common types of water heater sold in Canada are storage tank units.  ENERGY STAR certified gas-storage water heaters use up to 14% less energy than conventional units.

Knowing those statistics, you may want to consider a tankless water heater. They heat flowing water only when required, and essentially provide endless hot water.  Tankless units also use 30% less energy than conventional storage type units. When considering this change, understand that they are a bit more expensive than standard ones, but they do come at a variety of price points.

Heat pump water heater (HPWH) technology does not generate heat directly. It moves heat from one place to another. Heat is taken from the air in the basement or utility room (or sometimes from outside) and transferred to a tank of water.  An ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater uses up to 50% less energy, on average, than a standard electrical water heater.

Both of those are good options, but if you’re really looking to save some money in your utility bills, a solar water heater is the way to go. They use a remarkable 60% less energy, on average, than a standard model. In Canada, a SDHW system can provide up to 60 percent of the hot water for an average home, depending on local climate and typical hot water use.

Your water heater is an underappreciated workhorse in your home. You will thank yourself for figuring out the best option for your home before your current one breaks down.

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6 energy-saving upgrades to lower your energy bills

Weekend DIY projects typically cost money. Plus, they often cost more than you think because, if you’re new to DIY, you make mistakes and then have to fix them! And while you’d probably love to go buy all the latest energy saving appliances, that’s often not in the budget. Even still, there are small things you can do for little-no cost that will soon be putting money back in your pocket.

Change your furnace filter- This needs to be done a few times each year. But for about $50, you can extend furnace life, reduce energy bills and improve indoor air quality.

Insulate the small things- If you walk by your electrical outlets and feel the breeze from outside, you have a problem. Fortunately, it’s a cheap fix and your local hardware store will have foam gaskets for your switches and outlets.

Replace seals and weather strips- These don’t get much attention until you realize you have a problem. Caulking gaps and sealing windows keeps the cold air out and makes your home feel less drafty.

Lower your water heater thermostat- You probably rarely use the hottest water coming out of your tap. By lowering the max temperature on the water heater, you’ll save money and not even realize it. You can also insulate your water heater with a wrap to ensure no unneeded heat escapes. The optimal water temperature from your faucet is 49C and it might take a bit of trial and error to adjust on your water heater. If your tank-style water heater is powered by electricity, adjust the temperature to 60C on the water heater to keep your water safe. For other kinds of water heaters, you can adjust lower.  

Beware of phantom power- This comes up on energy saving lists all the time, and it’s really effective. If you have a rec room that doesn’t get used much during the week, consider a power bar to make sure you’re not paying for those little red lights that show your electronics are plugged in.

Replace burned out bulbs with LED lights- These use up to 90% less energy and last at least 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The price tag may be a deterrent to start, but they’ll more than pay for themselves over the life of the bulb.

None of these tasks cost much, if any, money. When they’re finished, they’ll save money for many utility bills to come.

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