The final price you pay when buying one of the beautiful pieces of Upper Valley real estate in New Hampshire is only a part of what you need to budget for. While looking for a home with help from your exclusive buyer’s agent, consider what the home’s energy efficiency is, especially if a particular home was built more than 50 years ago.
A home inspector is qualified to check a home’s foundation, walls, doors, windows, roof and mechanical and electrical systems. During a home inspection, the professional inspector will look for problems such as missing insulation or broken seals around vent openings.
The inspector will be able to tell you how old the heating and air conditioning system is and how efficient they are. You can use this information to get a general idea of whether or not the Upper Valley real estate property is energy-efficient.
Past Utility Bills
Your exclusive buyer’s agent may be able to ask the sellers for copies of past utility bills. This can help you to get an idea of how much it costs to heat or cool the home. You could compare it to the place where you already live, or to other homes in the area, to get a feel for how energy-efficient your new home is.
When buying an older home, you could schedule an energy audit. An energy audit is an inspection of the home’s structural and mechanical components. The auditor checks for issues such as drafts around doors, poor seals around windows and insufficient insulation.
The auditor will provide you with a report you can use to make energy-efficient upgrades. Many utility companies perform low-cost energy audits and will credit the fee back to you if you make improvements.
Keep these factors in mind as you search for your next home, and work with an exclusive buyer’s agent like Housing Solutions Real Estate LLC, to ensure that your wants and needs are prioritized.
Contact us if you’re in the market for any Upper Valley real estate. We only represent the best interest of the home buyer, 100% of the time.