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By Adrian Willanger | Managing Broker in Shoreline, WA

Savvy Seattle home buyers getting energy audits?

If you are thinking about buying a home in Seattle one of the things that you may not have considered is getting a home energy survey done first. By no means is this is a requirement for purchasing a home, it is just an option you have that gives you information about your future home’s energy savings and losses.

A survey for home energy will evaluate the energy performance of any house that you are thinking of buying. This is a visual inspection that is done by professionals who know exactly what to look for. It will give you an overall idea of how many repairs will be needed to the home to bring it up to a decent energy standard.

For example, if there is a lot of mold and mildew in a bathroom that you are viewing, there may be a problem with the room’s ventilation system. Perhaps the bathroom fan is causing a problem or the air circulation in the home is simply not reaching the bathroom properly.

As a further example, while there may not be any mildew or mold in a bathroom in its current state, a faulty bathroom fan may lead to this type of situation in the future. A qualified energy surveyor will be able to pinpoint small and large problems that could lead to bigger issues in the future.

The visual check will include looking for moisture, examining the ductwork, ventilation, cooling and heating systems in the house and looking at the appliances if they are included with the house. This inspection will also look at the windows and doors in the home to make sure that the house is as airtight as possible.

There are reports available that are more complex and look for deeper issues. These inspections will use high technology devices to check for problems. If there is anyone that is going to be living in the house that has extreme allergies, this type of report is recommended. When you’re buying a house in Seattle it’s a long-term investment that is worth the small effort.

If you are thinking about buying a house in Seattle you might want to think about getting a quick energy check on it before your purchase. If there are any major repairs that will need to be done to help save energy in the future, you should know right away. Energy efficient homes will save you thousands of dollars in the long run in utility costs and will also help protect the environment.

This Seattle real estate market update is courtesy of Adrian Willanger at Coldwell Banker Danforth& Associates 206 909-7536 helping people buy and sale homes in the Greater Seattle area. 

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