Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers

If you’re a first time home buyer you may be tempted to buy an older, fixer-upper home to save money. We understand how tempting it could be. We’ve seen the same shows on TV that you have about saving money by renovating falling down homes and then flipping them. But without professionally done plumbing and heating inspections, do you really know what that home is going to cost you?
Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers
The demolition and remodeling of bathrooms and kitchens are some of the largest expenses of remodeling or updating a home. It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you sign that purchase agreement.
Maybe you are handy at fixing things but there could potentially be a lot of underlying safety and construction issues that your untrained eye may not recognize. These can result in huge unexpected costs down the road.
Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers
If you’re getting a loan from a lender to buy the house, you will be required to pay for a home inspection, whether it passes or not. That’s money you won’t get back if you decide not to buy the home.
Stan the Plumber is offering free plumbing and heating inspections to first time homebuyers in Chittenden County, Vermont. Whether you’re buying an older home, a newer house, or a condo, let Stan give your plumbing, heating and fixtures a thorough inspection before you make that purchase! Give him a call today at (802) 233-5564 or fill out the Contact Us form on our website.

It’s Not Too Late to Get That Energy Star Tax Credit

If you’ve installed an Energy Star certified water heater, boiler, furnace, heat pump, biomass stove or air conditioning system in 2015, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost up to $500 or for a specific amount anywhere from $50 to $300. Whether you had us at Stan The Plumber do the installation, did it yourself, or had another company do the install, you may still qualify.

2015 tax credits on Energy Star appliances


Encouraging both homeowners and commercial businesses to improve energy usage and efficiency, Congress has voted to extend the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit through 2016. This means you could potentially save quite a bit of money on specific improvements and updates around your home. And it’s not too late to apply!


Here’s some of what qualifies for federal tax credits:

  • Water Heaters, non-solar — Tax Credit: $300
  • Gas, Propane, Oil Hot Water Boiler — Tax Credit: $150
  • Gas, Propane, or Oil Furnaces — Tax Credit: $150
  • Biomass Stoves — Tax Credit: $300
  • Air Source Heat Pumps — Tax Credit: $300
  • Central Air Conditioning — Tax Credit: $300
  • and other certain home appliances.


solar panel tax credit


Going solar really does pay off

In addition to the above, the following solar systems provide a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost including installation with no upper limit:

  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Residential Wind Turbines
  • Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)

Tax credits for the above solar energy systems are available through December 31, 2019. After that, the credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; then drops to 22% for tax year 2021 and then expires December 31, 2021.


The deadline to file taxes for 2015 has been extended to April 18, 2016. If you’ve already filed and forgot or didn’t know about these federal tax credits you can always file an amended return.


It’s also important to know that you will need to use Form 5695 Residential Energy Credits. These deductions are only applicable to your primary residence, but in certain cases a secondary residence could qualify. If you’d like more detailed information regarding these tax credits check the ENERGY STAR website.


If you are interested in replacing your older, non-energy efficient appliances with a cost-saving Energy Star certified appliance, we can help you with that. Give Stan a call at (802) 233-5564 and we’ll set up a time to get together.


Welcome to Our New Plumbing Blog

We’d like to graciously welcome you to our new Plumbing blog! Whether you found your way here from our Facebook page, Google+ or through our Stan the Plumber website, we’re so happy you’ve arrived.

Each month we’ll be posting about topics of interest to both homeowners and professionals in the HVAC and plumbing industries. We’ll talk about our services, products, tell you about special rebates and lots more.

If you’re one of our existing customers we’d like to ask you to post a positive review for us on Google+. It will only take a few minutes of your time.

When you’re considering upgrades to plumbing or heating or even full renovations, give Stan a call at 802-233-5564 and let him give you a price you’ll be pleased with!