There are many more things that are not easy to spot, which is why you should always have a home inspection by a professional once you have a contract.
Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick
One thing that people forget to look at is how energy efficient a home is. If you can get numbers on energy usage from the owners or the public utility try using this tool for figuring out the score for your next home.
The Yardstick compares the home’s energy use to other homes across the country and gives it a score between 1 and 10 – the average house scores a 5 and the most efficient scores a 10.
If you enter year 2010 the tool doesn’t work – you have to use 2009 or earlier.