What is an Energy Performance Certificate, and why is it essential to have one before you sell your home?

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Before you put your home for sale on the market, you need to have applied for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You will be required to give the EPC to the potential buyers.

What is an EPC?

They contain essential information regarding energy consumption

EPC is a document which provides information regarding the energy consumption of the property, and it ranks them in a category from A - G.

Further, it includes information as to the cost of energy being consumed, highlights the inefficiencies and provides recommendations which will make the property more efficient in energy consumption.

Is the ranking on EPC important?

Yes. If your home ranks at F or G, it cannot be sold or rented.

Not all properties are supposed to have one

Listed buildings are exempt from having an EPC when it is being sold or rented. Similarly, holiday accommodations and residential properties which are used only less than 4 months in a year, industrial sites and workshops, a building that will be taken down, a building which will be demolished in 2 years, and stand-alone buildings which have less than 50 square metres of functional workspace also do not require an EPC.

How long is an EPC valid for?

An EPC is valid for 10 years. Therefore, if you already have one, you should check whether it has expired.

How much does it cost to get an EPC?

The cost of the EPC will differ according to the provider, and the size of your home, number of bedrooms, to name a few factors.

If your estate agent offers to arrange an EPC, you should keep in mind that you will probably be charged a commission.

How are EPCs regulated, and how can you get one?

EPCs are regulated by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2012.

Domestic Energy Assessors produce EPCs. An assessor will visit your home and carry out an inspection which will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

How can you find a Domestic Energy Assessor?

The Energy Performance of buildings register can be used to find a qualified assessor in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Please click on https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/ to find the register.

Should you get a more expensive EPC?

A more expensive EPC is not likely to attract buyers. Therefore, you should go for one which is within your budget.

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