If you are selling or renting your home you have to obtain and Energy Performance Certificate for any potential tenants or buyers. If you don’t have an Energy Performance Certificate you can be liable to a fine.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) are documents that basically describe how energy efficient the home is. They were first introduced in 2007, for 4 or more bedroom houses and this has periodically changed to accommodate for smaller properties. An energy surveyor will visit your house and carry out checks for the main parts of keeping the house energy efficient, such as loft insulation and double-glazing. They put the results into a machine which then decides how energy efficient the house is, based on the different factors taken into consideration. It will display a single letter, representing the efficiency of your home. ‘A’ is most efficient and ‘G’ is least.
The procedure costs around £60 for a four-bedroom house and decreases for smaller houses; likewise it will be more expensive for a bigger house. As the procedure is completely non-invasive the surveyor makes predictions depending on the size, age and location of the property. If there are documents to prove something they incorrectly assumed, this will be changed.
The certificate will include the properties address, the type of property, the date it was inspected, the total floor area and a certificate date and serial number. How efficient your home is could be the deal breaker for customers when buying or renting your property. Due to rising costs of energy, people are more likely to go for an energy efficient house that they won’t have to fork out lots of money for each year. Therefore, it is a good idea to make some changes, no matter how big or small if your house turns out to be ‘G’ on the scale.
It can be as easy as buying a draft excluder for underneath doors or your post box. Little changes can make a big difference. If your house isn’t insulated it is recommended that you invest in this for your loft and water pipes. Insulation is a great way to make your home energy efficient.
Your certificate is valid for 10 years but if you have made further changes to your home, it is a good idea to get another survey for your home, as it is likely the efficiency will have changed.