Why Get an Energy Audit During a Home Purchase?

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Why Get an Energy Audit During a Home Purchase?  

 

During the process of buying a home, a home inspection is typically performed.  A home inspection is designed to uncover defects, or things that might not be working correctly.  A home inspection is not designed to show the efficiency or life expectancy of any system or component as per the American Society of Home Inspectors.   An Energy Audit is designed to reflect that information and more. 

 

An Energy Audit looks at a home as a "system" not just a home.  The system has different components that work together toward energy efficiency.  If one system isn't performing it will reflect on the entirety of the system.  

 

When an energy audit is performed a contractor performs several tests that are NOT included in a Home Inspection.  A blower door test and duct blaster test are performed among other visual inspections.  Those two tests alone will reveal if the home is "leaky" and if there are potential leaks that can be repaired to seal the "envelope" or home's exterior.  Much more is uncovered, so watch the video below for details.

 

There are several components to an Energy Audit.  Air flow and pressure, energy efficiency,  moisture,  and air quality are issues that can also be uncovered, both good and bad in an Energy Audit. 

 

Corbett Lunsford explains this in his video below.  Having met Corbett on his "Proof is Possible Tour" last October, 2016, was a pleasure and a big lesson in energy efficiency, even though it's my specialty in real estate. 

 

 

Recommendations can be very inexpensive and the soluation does NOT always include new windows and doors.   An energy audit will include a report that is third party verified to ensure quality control. Contractors included on the utility websites will receive a subsidy from the utility  provider for the home.  

 

The really neat thing for consumers is that the energy efficiency is the sideline goal for accomplishing an air tight home with good air quality. Most people don't think about air quality but if you tighten a home and provide good air flow, you'll accomplish good air quality.  

 

So if you're looking to buy a home and would like a complimentary energy audit, please contact me. I'm happy to work with you to purchase a home and provide value added service! 

 

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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Good morning, Jan.  What a great video.  I love Corbett's easy to follow presentation style.  I just went to YouTube and subscribed to his channel.  Thanks for sharing.

Jun 26, 2017 05:14 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

This is a great post and the video is very good as well. Very easy to follow.

Jun 26, 2017 05:26 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes, Carol Williams he is very easy to follow.  Check out his other videos if you're interested.  He and his wife, Grace, and their then 8 month old were in Phoenix last October and I got to meet with them as a volunteer on their "Proof is Possible" tour of their tiny home/lab.  Very cool! 

Glad you enjoyed the video   Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 .  He has a great presentation style, as does his wife Grace.  Check out their other videos.  Their goal is to be the HGTV for home performance.  

Jun 26, 2017 05:45 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

pleasant informative post

Jun 26, 2017 06:11 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Richie Alan Naggar !  I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!

Jun 26, 2017 06:15 AM #15
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

There's some great information here for buyer's, Jan, or just home owner's in general. We had an energy audit done on a home we owned years ago and it was a real eye-opener.

Jeff

Jun 26, 2017 06:55 AM #16
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Great post Jan. Why don't more homeowners of buyers get this done? I guess that would be a little difficult for a home buyer to get this done if it's not a home inspection....

Jun 26, 2017 06:56 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Jeff Dowler . Good for you, then you can speak to the information and assist buyers and sellers with your unique knowledge! 

It's not difficult to get an energy audit performed.  I provide complimentary energy audits. They are only $99 in SRP ad APS territory.  They can go on those websites and order one. I have them performed simultaneously, the home inspection and energy audit.  The energy audit results are fed into a computer and the results put in a report that comes out a few days later, plenty of time to do one in the inspection period.  

Jun 26, 2017 07:33 AM #19
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David A. Weaver
Peoples Bank & Trust - Scottsdale, AZ
24 years helping folks finance their homes.

Hi Jan, Great post, wouldn't expect less from you.  Hope all is going well. Dave

Jun 26, 2017 09:56 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you  David A. Weaver !   Likewise, hope all is well :)

Jun 26, 2017 10:02 AM #21
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jan, this is great information that may not be common knowledge.

I seldom hear people talk about an Energy Audit.

Yet, it could make a big difference in the yearly expense of the home.

Thanks for informing us.

Jun 26, 2017 06:56 PM #22
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jan,

The low-hanging fruit on a list of recommendations can be quite inexpensive. More insulation usually pays off within less than a year & over & over after that. Sealing & caulking: same thing. Sometimes, the windows are still fine, but they were not installed right. No triple-pane window can keep out the cold, when it has an inch gap all the way around.

Jun 26, 2017 08:59 PM #23
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I'm not surprised you offer the energy consultation, Jan. It's a wonderful benefit to home buyers, and is completely in line with your green certification.

Jun 26, 2017 09:14 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Glad you appreciate the information John Wiley .  As a green designated realtor this is the stuff you learn when you continue researching.  Corbett Lunsford is an amazing resource and a great guy!

Pat Starnes thank you for reading and commenting.  Yes, it's great information and we talk about the results.  A recent veteran added the green features into his energy efficient mortgage so no out of pocket expense, but immediate energy savings.  He's saving more than he's spending on the sun screens, extra insulation and duct sealing!   

Jun 26, 2017 09:35 PM #25
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Fred Sweezer Sr.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
Certified Home Inspector

You developed the post really well and showed the value of a energy audit, thanks!

Jun 27, 2017 01:54 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

I imagine these kinds of audits will become much more popular in the coming years. Thanks for the crash course!

Jun 27, 2017 08:48 AM #27
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Years ago, our area adopted the Northwest Energy Code, and took it to extremes. Homes had to be wrapped in plastic under the siding. There was little if any ventilation. "Gotta seal those homes up tight!"

You mentioned balance, and that was lacking. The result was mold - and rot.

I recall one house where the mold actually grew on the outside (I have no idea why).

Jun 27, 2017 09:19 AM #28
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you Fred Sweezer Sr. !  I'm an instructor on this topic so speak about it frequently to the public and to realtors.  Always feel free to reach out to me as a resource.  Have a great day!

Yes they will and some cities require them already in California, Texas and Colorado Luke Acree .  Thanks for commenting and have a great day!

Yes, you have to have good air flow and quality in homes that are sealed that tight  Marte Cliff .  Interesting to hear about mold on the outside.  Unless it was north facing moss?! 

Jun 27, 2017 10:57 AM #29
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

The video was very interesting and great information. WE have energy audits in Florida but not like this. At least not that I've heard of. 

Jun 28, 2017 06:15 PM #30
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thanks for commenting Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA .  Corbett is a detail oriented type of guy looking for every facet of defects and deficiencies so his may be more intense! 

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