Real Estate Blog - Blog Archive: November, 2017

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November 2017

Found 3 blog entries for November 2017.

Are you or someone you know considering selling your home after December 31st, 2017?

Chances are yes, eventually...so no matter what chapter of homeownership you are in, you're going to want to listen up! The City of Portland has issued a mandated Home Energy Score Assessment and Report* to be provided by the sellers of single-family homes and townhomes starting January 1st, 2018 within the Portland jurisdiction. 

What is it? A Home Energy Score (HES) is the measurement of energy efficiency a home has based on an onsite evaluation of the physical characteristics of the house and where it is located on a scale of 1-10. It's similar in concept to the MPG ratings for automobiles.  The score is not determined by current energy usage influenced by

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As the temperature drops, our heating bill goes up as we fight the chilly season change. It's time to prep your home for the winter months ahead so you can save money and remain cozy. Here are some ways to prep your home before winter arrives, your wallet will thank you.

1. Defend against drafts.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 - 30 % of your energy use! A simple solution is a draft snake to line the bottom of your doors, which you can make or buy for super cheap. Don't feel like crafting a draft snake? Roll a bath towel and wedge under the drafty door --  problem solved.

2. Install storm windows.

Installing storm windows can increase energy efficiency by 45% by sealing drafts and reducing airflow. Look for

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