Making an investment as large as buying a home understandably makes people examine most aspects of the deal with great scrutiny. Buying a home is likely the largest financial decision people go through in their lifetimes. That said, it’s sometimes easy to let the excitement of buying a new home get in the way of making sure every base is covered when it comes to buyer protection and knowing what you are getting when making the purchase.
Falling in love with a house and deciding to purchase should include factors that don’t necessarily jump to the surface. The initial investment on a home can obviously be huge, but the hidden follow up costs on repairs, upgrades or new installations to replace old equipment can be “budget breakers” just the same. So how do you protect yourself and get all the answers you need when it comes to ensuring your potential new home is going to be a sound energy purchase? Simple – have a home energy audit done before you buy. There are many things that can be uncovered by having a comprehensive home energy audit completed, including:
· Money and energy wasting air leaks in the home that can also create problems with comfort and indoor air quality
· Problems not seen to the naked eye (using Infrared Thermal diagnostics)
· Insufficient or improperly installed insulation (even inside the walls, where inspectors can’t see)
· Design flaws or obstructions in ductwork that can create comfort problems
· Duct leaks that waste energy and money, as well as cause problems with indoor air quality
· Gas leaks or other safety issues within the home’s mechanical systems
· Hidden construction issues that may affect your home’s integrity, comfort and energy use.
· Multiple other potential problems with the home’s energy use, health, safety and comfort
Having a full home energy audit done professionally can be a small price to pay to ensure you are maximizing the value of your large investment. If problems are uncovered, you have documented information needed to negotiate fixes into the contract or drop the purchase price to cover them. This can save you a lot of money right away. It can also point out problems that, when taken care of, can increase the value of your home over time. Having the home energy audit can also help you avoid some unnecessary “upgrade” purchases and improvements.
But doesn’t a regular home inspection uncover these issues? The reality is they typically don’t. Home inspectors do an important job, but they are focused on ensuring code compliance and safety. Most don’t have the training or the tools required to do a deep analysis of a home’s potential energy efficiency and comfort issues. A Home Energy and Comfort Audit by one of BelRed’s BPI certified auditors WILL give you the information you need to understand how your home will function and feel, not just if it is safe to buy.
All in all, having the peace of mind of knowing you are making a sound financial and emotional investment in your new home is certainly reason enough to have a comprehensive home energy audit completed before purchase. Knowing you are going to be walking into a comfortable and efficient new house will go a long way towards a happy new home. If you’re in the home buying process, please feel free to reach out to BelRed. We’d be happy to help you through the home energy audit process to make sure you’ll be a fully informed buyer.Tags: Conservation and Utility Savings