WHY DO YOU NEED A HOME ENERGY SCORE?
Being informed that your house needs an energy assessment prior to selling isn't easy for most sellers or their realtors, especially since most homeowners are unaware of it until they decide to list their home. Don’t stress, this is simply information you are required to provide the buyer, much like the already required property disclosures. Rose City Home Inspections, LLC has been working closely with Portland Real Estate Agents, Brokers, & Realtors to not only help educate themselves but how to approach and allow homeowners to fully grasp what this Home Energy Score means for the home selling process.
**You are not obligated to make ANY upgrades or changes prior to selling.
To support the city of Portland’s ‘Climate Action Plan’ to reduce carbon emissions, all homes listed after January 1, 2018, will need to be scored by a Certified Energy Assessor*. While the law does not require any upgrades or improvements, the scores must be made public during the sale. Failure to comply results in a fine.
A “Home Energy Score” will deliver insight into how efficiently a property uses and conserves energy and what homeowners can expect to pay in utilities. A report from Rose City Home Inspections, LLC also provides upgrade suggestions to improve the score which would save money, help the environment, and make the home more comfortable. Buyers are able to use this information to compare the homes they are considering for purchase.