California Approved New Rooftop Solar Standards

Buying a home already is costly for far too many families. And now the state is going to add the cost of a rooftop solar system to every new home purchase, like it or not.

Starting January 1st, 2020, virtually all new homes built in California will be equipped with solar panels.

California Energy Commission voted in favor of new solar standards mandating that solar arrays be included on all new single-family homes and multi-family structures up to three stories.

This will bring California closer to meeting its goal of “net-zero” energy buildings. Homes built under the commission’s new solar and other efficiency standards are expected to use half as much energy as homes built in 2016 without panels, equivalent of taking 115,000 gas-burning cars off the road.

The new mandate doesn’t make existing houses in California get solar, though, just the 80,000 or so new houses built every year.


Finding New Homes in Bakersfield That’s Right For You

Bakersfield is one affordable place to raise a family. If you are on the lookout for new homes in this area, there are things you should consider that will ensure you are making the right decision before you commit.

Have these tips in mind and you will be happy with your transaction.Get Your Priorities in Order

If you’re serious about buying a home, you’re going to have to set appropriate, attainable goals for your search. Ask yourself questions that will help you get in touch with what you value. With input from all members of your household, write out everything you want in a home. When looking for homes, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement. All sorts of charming features are bound to sway you but keeping your priorities list close at hand can help you stay on track.

Never Give Up on Location

Ask just about any real estate agent to list the three most important things a property should have, and you’ll likely hear “location”. Location is usually a priority that most people shouldn’t compromise. It will not just help determine the future value of your investment but can likewise affect many aspects of your everyday life. If your home’s location is not appealing to potential buyers, your home will take a long time when you decide to sell, while a good location will ensure your investment will be safe and profitable.

Create a Realistic Budget

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the decisions that go into buying a new home. It’s important to know your budget before you begin house hunting.  Evaluate your needs as opposed to your “wants.” Sure, it would be great to have a home with a pool, extra bedrooms, a home theater room, or an indoor spa, and it would be even better if you can fit all of that into a reasonable budget, but the reality is, you probably don’t need all of those things. Just because you qualify for it doesn’t mean you need it.  Stick to what you can conveniently afford.

Best Size for Your Home

Each family is different, and everyone’s priorities and lifestyles are unique. Any house that you buy has to have the necessary space that you will need to live comfortably. In determining the size of the new home to buy, consider both your current and your future housing needs. Search for a house that will be adequate for you and your family for the next five to fifteen years at least.

There are many good reasons to own the roof over your head. When you are ready to buy, The Synergy Team has solid 15 years of real estate background and can help facilitate your purchase of buying new homes in Bakersfield. Take advantage of our No-Obligation consultation today!