How Much Do We Charge for an EPC in Marsden?
We have quite a simple charging structure for Energy Performance Certificate ‘s ( EPC ) in Marsden (HD7). It is based on the number of bedrooms in your home. The pricing also includes advice that you may require from us, in terms of benefits to making improvements. In addition you can add Drone Photography, which can help if you are putting your property up for sale, or just as a memento of your home to remember when you have moved.
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Why Do You Need an Energy Performance Certificate?
An EPC is required in the UK whenever a property is marketed for sale or rent or is newly built. The EPC is valid for 10 years or until a newer EPC is produced for the same property. It is recommended that a property’s EPC should be made available to potential buyers as soon as it is marketed for sale or rent. EPC’s have been around since 2006. Initially nobody took much notice and they were just a requirement to sell or rent your property. As the cost of Gas and Electricity have increased, buyers and renters are starting to take more notice about what the running costs are and how easily this can be improved.
Can I Check if I Already Have an EPC?
The EPC lasts for 10 years and is available on a Government run, public register. You can check on the EPC Register to see if there is a current EPC. Having said that, if the Energy Performance Certificate was done quite a while ago and if you have made alterations to the property that could make your home rate better, then it may still be worthwhile getting a new EPC done. If you are in doubt, give us a call and we can talk you through whether we feel it could be beneficial or not to get a new EPC.
What Does an EPC Tell You?
The energy efficiency rating will be displayed on an A to G scale. The least efficient buildings will be rated G and the most efficient will be rated A.
As well as a current rating for the property, a potential rating will also be shown, which is the energy efficiency rating after all recommendations have been applied to the property.
For England, Wales and Northern Ireland the current EPC rating will be shown at the top of the EPC.
The rating is actually based on cost factors such as the type of fuel used for heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation.
Currently if the property uses main gas it will score higher on the energy efficiency rating than a property which uses electricity. This is due to mains gas being cheaper per p/kWh than electricity.
The EPC will breakdown each building feature/element (Walls, Windows, Hot water) in terms of its energy performance, it does not consider the actual working condition of the feature.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the scale moves from very good (most efficient) to very poor (least efficient), and is calculated from the energy efficiency cost rating and the environment (CO2) rating.
In Scotland however, each feature is scored out of 5 stars for its energy performance and environmental impact.
No rating is given for floors and secondary heating systems. Different descriptions will also be given for new build properties.
As with the energy efficiency rating, the environmental impact of the property is shown as an A to G rating.
This is once again based on assumptions about average occupancy and energy use. They may not reflect how energy is consumed by the people living in the property.
You can also draw comparisons with other households here and see the property’s potential production of CO2 following recommendations (this is shown as a rating for Scotland)
You will be provided with a list of recommendations/recommended measures for improving the property’s energy performance.
The indicative cost (Scotland) or typical installation cost is based on average installation prices so may not be representative of the actual cost in your area.
The recommendations provided are cumulative meaning that they should be installed in the order they appear on the EPC to achieve the potential energy efficiency rating. Should you choose not to follow the order they appear in, the potential energy efficiency rating may change.
Scotland’s EPC will also show how recommendations will impact the environment rating after improvement.
The estimated energy cost for the property shows how much the average household would spend in this property for heating, lighting and hot water. It is not based on how energy is used by the people living at the property.
Once again the potential saving is based on recommended measures being implemented.
Scotland Domestic EPCs will show the average and potential cost for heating, lighting and hot water over a 3 year period rather than yearly.
Also linked to this section is the heating use (or heat demand) in the property which shows the estimated energy use in kWh (Kilowatt hours) per year.
Can I Get My Own Energy Performance Certificate?
Or do I have to use my Estate Agent?
Yes, you can use any suitably qualified Domestic Energy Assessor to produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for you. Typically, an Estate Agent will charge between £90 & £120 for the EPC. Using an Independent Assessor will normally be much cheaper.
It’s worth mentioning here that you can also use your own Mortgage Adviser and your own solicitor. If you would like any help with this, then we can put you in touch with local companies that we have used over the years. Our parent company KIS financial solutions offer fee free mortgage advice and if you use us for your mortgage, then we will refund the cost of your EPC.
We can also offer Insurance and Home Buyer’s protection through Protectyourthings
Are You Moving? – Home Condition Survey
Whether it’s the first time you’re buying a property, your downsizing, upsizing, or buying a property as an investment. As an RPSA residential surveyor we can help by providing a comprehensive and valuable survey report.
RPSA surveyors work to the highest standards in the industry. For more information, take a look at how a Home Condition Survey could help you.