Are you in the process of the wonderful world of home purchasing? If so, you probably spend countless hours scouring real estate sites, checking out furniture and home design stores, and of course, watching home improvement shows on HGTV. When you’ve finally found the home of your dreams, it’s important to know it inside and out (literally) before you sign on the dotted line. 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 they are getting when making the purchase.
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.
Home inspections are required in most areas before a sale can go through, but sometimes these can be done very quickly and may only check for the most blatant of problems or issues. And, even if your new prospective house doesn’t have something major wrong with it, you may want to know about possible energy upgrades and improvements that can be made for financial consideration or including those in your mortgage amount and negotiations.
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 also have new buying power 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 should be addressed that, when taken care of, can increase the value of your home immensely over time. Having the home energy audit can also help you make decisions and avoid some unnecessary “upgrade” purchases and improvements.
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, call us today to schedule this valuable service!