Know Your HERS Score When You’re Selling

April 20, 2017 adamb@evidently.com

Know Your HERS Score When You’re Selling

It’s safe to say that selling your home is not something that most people actually look forward to. Between the de-cluttering in order to stage your home, the constant cleaning, the criticisms of your decorating choices, and all of those strangers wandering through your home, you may find yourself asking, “Is this worth it?” 

Naturally, it is worth it in the end, however it’s important to do absolutely everything you can while preparing your home to sell, so that you’re able to get as much money from the sale as possible. For instance, do you know what your home’s HERS score is? A HERS score is a standardized rating of a home’s energy efficiency, which can now be included as part of your home’s MLS listing.

A good HERS rating can actually increase your home’s value, and when it’s shown on the MLS listing, it may make the difference between someone choosing to look at your home and skipping over it.

“Great!” you say. “How can I get my home rated?” 

You can find a RESNET-certified home energy rater quite easily, through online searches. Once they’ve conducted an energy assessment of your home, you’ll be able to include the rating on your MLS listing.

What happens if your home’s HERS score isn’t as good as you’d hoped it would be?

There are plenty of small steps you can take to improve your home’s rating, such as replacing older, less energy efficient fixtures and appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances. One major step you can take, however, that may not only help improve your HERS rating, but may increase the overall value of your home, is to replace your existing insulation with spray foam insulation like Icynene.

One of the great things about Icynene spray foam insulation is that it expands up to 100 times its original size, wherever it is applied, which allows it to fill tiny gaps and cracks where traditional insulation wouldn’t be able to fit. This expansion creates an effective air barrier wherever Icynene is applied, which can help to reduce drafts and overall air loss in your home. Both of these improvements can help to improve your HERS rating, and the energy efficiency that can potentially be achieved when Icynene is installed in your home can mean an overall increase in your home’s value. This is something every homeowner is looking for, when they’re thinking of selling their home.

Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more about your home’s current HERS score, and how you can improve your rating.

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