When thinking of home improvements that can help you sell your home faster and for more money, what do you think of? Most people would probably immediately think of kitchen and bathroom renovations, outdoor siding projects, and adding decks, pools, or other elements to the home. Arizona solar electric authorities state that many of these home improvements can be quite costly and quite a few of them do not really give you much return on your investment.

There is one home improvement project that, fascinatingly enough, continues to sprout up on all kinds of studies for its ability to attract home buyers, get homes to sell faster, and get homes to sell for more money. Arizona solar companies say that it is a green project that many people consider, but perhaps do not do because of the upfront costs. It is adding solar panels.

Arizona solar electric experts state that while the price of solar panels has decreased substantially and is still on a downward slope, many homeowners are still reluctant to make the investment. However, there are so many great financial incentives for going green and investing in a solar system. And one of the main reasons is that a photovoltaic system can greatly increase your property value and help you sell your home faster and for more money.

When installed, Arizona solar electric gurus say that homeonwers should note that their home's property value will increase by 15 to 20 percent. They should also be aware of the fact that home buyers actually highly desire energy efficient homes, primarily because they believe the home will save them money in the long run. McGraw Hill conducted a study which showed that home buyers are seeking out energy efficient homes and paying approximately $18,000 more for green homes.

Even more interestingly, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (say that 5 times fast) found that solar powered homes sell nearly twice as fast as the average home. This again is because home buyers prefer green homes that will save them money on energy bills, according to Arizona solar electric officials. It has become increasing desireable to live in a home with a fixed energy rate as the nation's overall energy rates continue to increase by 6 to 7 percent per year--with no signs of halting. Solar panels typically have a 25 year "lifetime." In reality, they tend to last a lot longer than that, but they generally have 25 year warranties. Arizona solar electric officials state that this means for at least 25 years the home will have a locked in energy rate while homes without solar panels are subject to constant energy rate hikes.

In addition this, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that homes with solar panels sell faster because "they make your house more affordable to more people" and they "attract" attention in a comparative market."