Prior to COVID-19, we were conducting surveys with real estate agents and house hunters to engage them in conversations about energy performance and to collect information on perceptions of energy performance people are buying or renting a home. We were conducting the surveys at open for inspections as this is a critical time when people are making choices about the homes they live in.
But now that we’re all staying at home to do our bit in slowing the spread of the virus, we’ve had to change this tactic slightly. We are now surveying house hunters through an online survey, accessible here. If you’re looking to buy or rent a home in the next 12 months, please fill out the five minute survey.
Instead of surveying real estate agents at open-for-inspections, we’re now surveying them via telephone (see below).
House hunters and estate agents often don’t really think about how a home will perform in terms of energy and greenhouse gas emissions, which can lead to people unwittingly wasting large amounts of energy and money.
That’s why we’re engaging with people before they make the incredibly important life decision of choosing a house. This will be the beginning of a larger public conversation about how we consume energy in the built environment.
Surveys with real estate agents will be ‘undercover’, or ‘secret shopper’ style, where you will pose as a prospective house hunter seeking information about the property and its energy efficient features. Given that we don’t want the estate agents knowing that we’re surveying them, try to keep the conversation casual and informal.
Picking an open-for-inspection near you
“Hi, I’m [NAME]. I’m just calling to ask some quick questions about the property at 123 Sample Street.”
Here are some example introductory questions:
Pivot to survey questions:
“Energy efficiency is really important to me. Are you able to tell me the star rating of the property?”
“Thanks so much for your time”
End phone conversation.