There’s an old saying among homeowners: “I bought a two story house. One story before I bought, and another after.”
Buying a house is never easy. There are so many variables to consider: location, school district, the home’s condition, property tax rates — the list is never-ending. We’ll bet most of you have never considered how “green” your potential house is, though.
They’re advocates of having a home’s “green” data — basically, how environmentally friendly the residence is — included in Multiple Listing Service data. That could mean access to information such as the type of lumber used in construction; whether recycled materials were used to build the home, and how energy efficient the home is.
It’s a big step toward creating sustainable living solutions. When a home is inspected by a certified RESNET rater, the home is assigned a HERS Index value — similar to the MPG sticker that comes with a new car.
That HERS value can give you a good idea of how much (or how little) you’ll need to spend on utilities after you move in.
Having a HERS Index included with a home can make a world of difference when it’s time to buy or sell. It can confirm for the buyer and Realtor that the home is well-built, energy-efficient and uses quality components and offer an insight into the operating and utility costs of a home. It also adds resale value for the homeowner, because a HERS-rated home can hold its price against an unrated property.
The Green MLS Toolkit notes that green homebuilding promotes “the design and construction of homes that have much higher performance levels than homes built to the minimum building codes. Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable, and more energy efficient and have much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes.”
It’s time to embrace the 21st century and the push toward greener, more efficient buildings. Click on the links to find out more about the HERS Index and Greening the MLS. Then contact us at East Penn Energy Solutions to find out how we can help. If you’re buying or selling a home, you can’t afford not to.