If you’re thinking about selling in the city of Bend after July 1, 2023, you’ll most likely need a home energy score. The Bend Home Energy Score program was created by the city to give home buyers the ability to compare homes based on energy efficiency. Unfortunately, this will add an additional cost to listing your home in Bend. The inspection for the Bend Home Energy Score will run between $150-$300 unless your home is large or more complex. This new requirement will add time to getting your house listed. It’s best to contact us as early as possible so we can line the home energy score up with our other pre-listing tasks.
What is a Home Energy Score
The Bend Home Energy Score is based on the Home Energy Score development by the Department of Energy. This framework is designed to give home buyers a “miles per gallon” for houses. The score has two aspects that are important to you as a buyer. It will rank the home based on its current status and give you areas for improvement. This could be as simple as updating the water heater, to installing additional insulation in the attic or walls. This program has been adopted by many cities in the hope of curbing the emissions our houses contribute to climate change.
Will My House Need a Bend Home Energy Score?
If you’re going to list after July 1, 2023 the answer is most likely, yes. If you live in a single family home within the city limits of Bend, you’ll need a home energy score. However, if you live in a condo that is vertically stacked, you won’t need a Home Energy Score. Townhomes, duplexes, condos and other dwellings that only share walls, will need a home energy score. Manufactured homes will be exempt initially but this will change over time. If you’re not sure if your house needs a Bend Home Energy Score, contact us or the City of Bend and we can help you find out.
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