Book Review: Your Eco-Friendly Home
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I have to be honest, when I first picked up the book, I inwardly sighed and thought "not another how to go green book." But, I have to take that back because I was refreshingly surprised with the insights Sid Davis offers in Your Eco-Friendly Home. As someone who is considering her first home purchase, but wanting to go green and thinks the idea of flipping a home is romantic, this book helped to inspire but also to ground by offering practical advice from someone in the industry.While I'm looking to purchase my first home, I don't know whether its better to buy a fixer upper, buy an already green home, or whether I can even expect a return if I buy a condo and then pour my remaining savings into greening it. After reading this book, I now know what I can expect from all of these options and can better decide what I have time for, and what I have money for.
Individual chapters are dedicated to fleshing out the pros and cons of purchasing a fixer-upper, remodeling your current home green, and purchasing an already green-built home. Then additional tips are given in terms of what kind of return you can expect on each, how to hire a contractor and home buying inspection checklists. Tips, websites and resources are offered for finding an eco-friendly agent as well as how to sell your eco-friendly home. In additional, practical advice is included in each chapter so you get an honest idea of what you might be getting yourself into, or at least a start so that you can go do more research. For people interested in home remodeling, there are also a few tips on topic like green flooring, solar panels, and also which green projects to start with first and which to hold off on.
The book is a good resource because, while frustrating, it keeps advocating that you do a lot of the research yourself. Just as you would with any home purchase, the same applies to a green home and you need to make sure everything is in writing and that you get several estimates for any remodeling project. Davis is in the business of real estate by trade, so most of his advice is not necessarily green, but he does offer tips that are particular just to green projects and green home buying.
I can certainly see myself referring back to the book as a resource and a launch point to help weigh my options. I like this book because when I finished it, I left knowing more than when I started, but also feeling a little more realistic in both my home buying and my green home aspirations. I realized that I have a lot more research to do, but also I narrowed out a few options that don't make sense for my personal situation so that was very valuable.
Your Eco-Friendly Home can be purchased online at Amacom Books and on Amazon.com
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