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Energy Performance Certificates

What is an energy performance certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC, is a guide for potential buyers and tenants when viewing a property, that shows them how energy efficient the property is. It comes with an outline of the cost of heating the property and also offers recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the property.

The survey should be carried out by an accredited domestic energy assessor. Kristian Allan, as a sales, lettings and management agent can arrange this for you at minimal cost, or you are free to arrange your own, but it must be available within 7 days of your property being placed on the market.

An Energy Performance Certificate is required every time a property is put up for sale or offered to let. The EPC report includes an energy efficiency rating, which uses a grading scheme, with A being the most efficient through to G being the least efficient. Also, as stated above, estimated costs of running the property will give an indication of heat and power usage. Finally, the report provides a summary of energy performance related features. This is useful if you want to undertake work to improve a home’s efficiency.

There are a small selection of buildings which do not need an EPC, but chances are you will need one. These include places of worship and holiday accommodation, but you should carry out thorough checks before deciding whether you need one or not.

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