Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) help the buyer to see how efficient your home is and are needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented.
EPCs give potential buyers an upfront look at how energy efficient your property is, what can be done to improve it and how much money this could save.
They were first introduced for sellers in 2007 and are still required by law for all property sales. The EPC must at least have been commissioned at the time of putting your home on the market and can be arranged either through us or directly with an EPC provider.
EPCs were also introduced to the rental market in 2008. In most cases, landlords marketing their properties for rent must have an EPC available for prospective tenants to view or risk a fine.
What information does an EPC provide?
An EPC is valid for 10 years and grades your property’s energy efficiency from A to G, with A being the highest rating.
If you have a brand-new home it’s likely to have a high rating. If you have an older home it’s likely to be around D or E. If this is the case, the EPC will also list ways to improve the rating, such as installing double glazing or insulation.
The theory is that the better the rating your property gets, the more attractive it should be to a tenant or buyer as it indicates lower energy bills.