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SparWeb

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Selling a home equipped with RE
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:26:09 PM »
Are there any members who want to share their experience selling and moving out of a house equipped with RE?

What pleases the new buyers, what makes their heads explode?
What equipment to keep, what to leave behind?
What helps the value of the home, what hurts it?

You can guess that I'm thinking about moving, but before I go into the specifics of my situation (which you can see at www.sparweb.ca anyway) I'd like to know more about the experiences of others... horror stories... win-win scenarios...?

My default plan is to take it all with me - and figure out what to do with it when I get to the new place.
Lots of work, taking my whole system apart (it took years to assemble!)
No one believes the theory except the one who developed it.  Everyone believes the experiment except the one who ran it.

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2017, 12:21:47 AM »
This will be interesting.

For some time now I have been pondering the fate of my works when I am gone, either moving or plain old dead with a heart condition. (they tell me).

I have endeavoured to write/construct basic manuals for my 3 boys, 10, 13 & 17 year olds. They show interest and support... but...

Also concerns about Electrical regs, and would a so called qualified sparky, brought in by the new owner, condem stuff if he thinks its not up to the latest memorised Country specs, or he just doesn't plain understand.

In that instance I have religiously stuck to the French Norms, and kept stuff very simple with notices adhered to things in the correct place.

I think SparWeb, its talking to your potential buyer, and seeing what they want, here in Europe even the standard PV panels GTI installations are a awkward situation, and what I gather have no extra cost benefit to the seller.

The lawyers will probably make a bit more on your House Sale.?

Good luck, and I will watch this with interest.
Everything is possible, just give me time.

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2017, 08:44:29 AM »

 If your house is off grid, you could advertise it in RE related forums, etc. If it will require a mortgage on the new owners part, you are probably screwed, as clockmanFRA stated.

 Is it prohibited to have a house that is not grid tied, in your country ?  IF so, I agree completely with clockmanFRA. I would disassemble everything and move it or sell it.

 Wish you all the best in this non-standard endeavour.

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2017, 10:15:03 AM »
Agreed, some caution is warranted.

I spoke to a real estate agent the other day.  I could see his eyes glaze over as I tried to explain it...
No one believes the theory except the one who developed it.  Everyone believes the experiment except the one who ran it.

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2017, 10:48:55 AM »
Still better owning the system than having a solar lease.

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2017, 12:39:19 PM »
Probably different in Canada and the US but I sold my 'off grid' home of 27 years by making a point of it being 'off grid' and touting it about on various forums and places like this http://www.greenshifters.co.uk/. Here at least there is a dedicated minority of folks that want to 'get away from it all'. As has been mentioned the regular estate agents eyes 'glazed over' when I mentioned it being 'off grid'. Sure it didn't sell very quickly, took almost two years but then it wasn't long after the 'crash' and nothing was selling. However we got exactly the amount we were looking for which was more than enough to build a new house next door (200M) that is totally powered and heated by RE, solar thermal, solar PV, hydro and wind.
OK, I'm still 'on call' if anything breaks but it's been two years now and I'll I've had to do is service the wind turbine and replace a generator start module. All done at the 'going rate' so I've now got great neighbours and a small income.

The thing is Sparweb, if you're confident with your work and judging by your web page you should be, then you shouldn't be afraid of offering a good 'after sales service' so to speak ;D

Obviously if you're moving a long way away that may not be practical but it worked for me, but then I look after a couple of 'off grid' properties nearby anyway and enjoy doing it.

As to what impresses folk etc, well I provided lots of pictures and gave my generator a nice friendly name



That'll be Cyril the Lister SR2

Good luck, Paul

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2017, 03:39:38 PM »
"Cyril the Lister SR2"  I like it!  But,

I'd be seriously concerned about the 1) the battery terminations on what appears to be plywood backing, and 2) the lack of venting for the battery bank (I assume form the that they are lead-acid, this may be incorrect).

Spar, we went thru a reappraisal a few years ago.  The off-grid thing was looking to be problematic, but then not.  First, I found an article in Home Power that suggested it wasn't all bad.  I'd have to look for it, but in short they suggested researching comparative property transfers, and presenting comparatives, including energy costs.  The simple thing though was that we just went and got an estimate to bring grid power in.  In our case we're "off" by choice, and the numbers - if one were to go that route - were not all that scary.

Good luck,  ~ks

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 09:42:27 PM »
Got a better reaction from a different estate agent this time.  He considered it a point of discussion, possible niche interest, and simply another item that the new owners can consider if they want it or not.  Well that was a lot more relaxing.

Unfortunately, this agent has suggested a selling price well below what we think the property is worth.  Don't know where he came up with the number because the "research" he brought with him to back up his suggestion would lead me to a 100k higher target price!  Turns out he hasn't sold an acreage in the area himself for many years, though he has some listed.  Maybe this isn't the kind of guy who gets the deals closed.

The fun part is developing the business plan so that my wife can run a horse boarding barn / rehabilitation facility.  Not possible on the tiny parcel of land we have, but finding an ideal place to buy will take some hunting.  Probably going to be in debt again for a while.  We can work out some costs off the tops of our heads (since we've lived in the country for many years now and know many commercial stable owners too) but it looks like wherever we go, we'll need to build a new barn from scratch, and fill it with a lot of expensive stuff. 
No one believes the theory except the one who developed it.  Everyone believes the experiment except the one who ran it.

System spec: 135w BP multicrystalline panels, regulated by Xantrex C40, DIY 8ft diameter wind turbine, regulated by Tri-Star TS60, 800AH x 24V AGM Battery, Xantrex SW4024

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Re: Selling a home equipped with RE
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 01:31:36 PM »
Hi Steve!

Still available,pse?

Happy Canada Day!

Vasile