First of all, it’s important to understand what home inspections and home energy audits are. A home inspection is a full-scale visual examination of a house that will give you a good idea of what you can expect in terms of future repairs, improvements and maintenance should you choose to purchase that house. Experienced inspectors can pick up on certain clues that could uncover hidden issues.
- A fresh coat of paint could be hiding something underneath
- Ceiling stains could be indicative of roof leakage problems
Energy audits partner perfectly with home inspections to provide you with an even deeper look at the inner workings of a home. An energy audit is an in-depth analysis of a home’s energy performance. Why is this important? Because through diagnostic testing, an energy audit will reveal where and how a home is losing energy. Losing energy can result from any number of issues, including:
- Poor insulation
- Air leakage
- Inefficient appliances
All of which lead to the same place: an uncomfortable home that’s expensive to maintain.
Let’s start with the home inspection. Remember, this is a complete visual inspection of the home, from top to bottom. At the end of it, you’ll receive a written report, including the inspector’s notes about such things as:
So when it comes time to book that home inspection for your new home, do yourself a favor and add on an energy audit as well. It’s the best way to make an informed decision about the house where you’ll be raising your family!