Tips from Legend Homes

Homebuyers are inundated with information about the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage when purchasing a new home. New buyers are also increasingly interested in green building practices and well-constructed homes that will be easier on the pocketbook in the long run.

Legend Homes of Portland encourages homebuyers to ask the following questions:

Ask if and how the builder guarantees energy efficiency — House-tightening, combined with loose fill, blown-in insulation is a building process where all exterior penetrations are sealed to prevent air, moisture and pests from entering your home, while also reducing energy bills.

Ask if the home had a blower door test — This third-party verification is conducted at the end of construction and ensures that there is no excessive air infiltration inside the home.

Ask if the home has an energy rating — The energy performance score (EPS) is a home energy rating system similar to the miles per gallon rating for the auto industry. The EPS enables homebuyers to directly compare energy consumption between homes. Based on all accumulated scores through design and execution, the Energy Trust of Oregon does a projection of what the annual utility bills will be for energy, including both electricity and gas.

Ask what training is conducted to ensure adequate product installation — Inspection processes ensure work is done properly and have third-party certifications for energy, house tightening, indoor air quality and other elements of sustainability.

Ask what warranties and guarantees the builder offers — Look for warrant plans, maintenance reviews, extended systems coverages and full structural protection.

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