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Sellers would do better to make 'green' improvements to their homes instead of making cosmetic changes in order to add value to their property, a new study has shown.Yorkshire Bank's latest house buyer survey reported that 32 per cent of sellers plan to redecorate in order for a sale, yet 33 per cent of buyers said they would entirely repaint their new home anyway, upon moving in.Only 12 per cent of people said they would improve the energy efficiency of their property before putting it on the market, yet Gary Lumby, Yorkshire Bank's head of retail, advised that making your house eco-friendly could increase its saleability. Mr Lumby said: "DIY can help present a house in the best possible light but unless you play it safe with neutral colours and simple, stylish fittings, your hard work could go to waste - new owners want to make their own mark. "With the Budget full of green messages, energy efficiency is increasingly becoming a significant consideration for homeowners. Considering installing double-glazing, cavity wall or loft insulation could well attract more buyers, particularly if these methods of energy efficiency are stated as part of the Home Information Pack that all buyers will see."Mr Lumby added that homeowners were likely to see a speedier sale when buyers realised the energy efficiency your property offers could save them money in the long-term.

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