Do I need an EPC when selling my home?
What is an EPC?
What is an EPC or energy performance certificate? In short an EPC is an asset rating that tells you how energy efficient your property currently is and what sort of impact it has on the environment as a result.
What type of EPC do I need?
The type of EPC required varies depending on whether your property is commercial or domestic. For domestic housing, or a self-contained dwelling as it is classed by the government, you will require a domestic EPC. The type of EPC will also vary depending on whether your property is an existing or new build.
The energy performance of your property is determined and measured on a scale of A-G, A being the most energy efficient a building can be. The average in the UK for an existing property is usually around a D rating.
On completion of your energy assessment you will receive recommendations on how to improve your properties energy efficiency rating as well as your EPC certificate. Not only does this help towards making your homes environmental footprint a little greener but it can also save you money!
How do I get an EPC and how much does it cost?
An EPC can be obtained by using a government accredited energy assessor to assess your property and produce the certificate. The Staff at Richmond Harvey can arrange for an EPC to be carried out for your property. The cost for an EPC will depend on the size of the property to be assessed.
Do I need an EPC to sell my house?
The short answer to this is yes. An EPC is required by law when you build, sell, or rent a property and failure to do so can result in a fine.
How long does it last?
An EPC lasts for up to a ten years and a property can be marketed immediately upon its commission. It will also remain valid for as long as that property is being marketed even if it is due to expire at the time of doing so. However if the property is removed from the market for four weeks or longer and your EPC has expired during the marketing process you will need to renew it before the property can be remarketed.