Energy Performance Certificates
Sellers will need to commission an Energy Performance Certificate when placing a property for sale, on the open market. Your Estate Agent will organise one if this is necessary.
Government legislation states that “all homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC”.
An Energy Performance Certificate is used to provide potential buyers with a property’s energy-use and carbon dioxide emissions, alongside a recommendation report which details, if necessary, how to improve these factors.
Residential Energy Performance Certificates carry a grading from A to G, A being the most efficient and G being the least.
Energy Performance Certificates for Rental Properties
An Energy Performance Certificate for rental properties is prepared by an energy assessor and takes into account loft insulation, cavity walls and waste management. An EPC for rented accommodation can be of benefit to landlords, offering lower running costs which may in turn appeal to those looking for a property that has lower fuel bills.
How much does an Energy Performance Certificate Cost
Costs vary so do get a couple of quotes. We have just had an Energy Performance Certificate completed for our 3 bedroomed bungalow (August 2010) and the cost was £75 including VAT. One quote we had was nearly double that amount.