Selling Your Home? Here's How To Get Your Energy Performance Certificate (Epc)

Posted on: 6 June 2024

Selling Your Home? Here's How to Get Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Since 2007, anyone who sells their home in England and Wales needs to get an Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC. An EPC is a rating of energy efficiency, which runs from A at the most efficient, to G, the least efficient. 

This helps homebuyers work out the rough cost of energy if they move into your property, and with many people now concerned about environmental matters, an efficient home can be a selling point.

Here’s how you can get your energy performance certificate and ensure the best possible rating.

What does the EPC tell you?

Not only do energy performance certificates include the current energy efficiency rating from A to G as well as 1-100, but they also show the potential rating the property could achieve if certain improvements were carried out. This is useful for those selling homes as fixer-uppers, as it allows you to show the home’s potential.

Included in the EPC is the environmental CO2 impact rating, which gives you an idea of the amount of CO2 that will be produced when heating and using hot water in the home.

Do I need to get an EPC?

Most residential properties up for sale since 2007 have needed an EPC, and if you’re renting out a property, you’ll need to get one produced every 10 years.

There are a few exceptions that might apply, although most exemptions are for commercial or religious buildings. If it’s a mixed-use building, such as a house that is part of a shop, if it’s less than 50m2 or if it’s used less than four months a year, for example, a holiday home, then you may be exempt.

How is an EPC generated?

EPCs are produced by expert assessors who’ll arrange to visit your property in Rugby once you’ve decided to sell. The assessor carries out a number of inspections, such as:

  • Loft insulation

  • Boiler

  • Double glazing

  • Hot water tank

  • Radiators

Once they’ve noted down some information, this is entered into specialist software which helps them calculate how energy efficient your home is, as well as its environmental impact.

These measurements are easy to carry out, there’s no drilling or noise, and it’s non-invasive, so there is no risk that things will get damaged.

The homeowner is the one who pays for the EPC, but the good news is that it’s not expensive. It’s easy to compare prices online, and you can use any assessor to do the report, as long as they’re certified.

Improving your EPC

Your report will include a number of ways that you can improve your EPC rating. These will be specific to your property, so it’s worth having a read through them and deciding whether to take action before you sell your home in Rugby.

If your EPC is particularly low, you may find this puts off potential buyers, so you may want to follow some of the suggestions, for example:

  • Adding more loft insulation: Topping up existing insulation can give you a few extra points.

  • Adding wall insulation: Draughty walls can make a home feel much colder and can lead to energy wastage as you keep turning up the heat.

  • Upgrading your boiler: A newer condensing model could add up to 20 points to your EPC rating, especially if your current boiler is very old.

  • Switching to renewable energy: Solar panels and small wind turbines in rural areas can boost your rating. The solar panels will usually give you the most points.

  • Sealing chimneys: Whilst open fireplaces are a nice feature, if there’s a draft, then this can lower your EPC rating. Consider adding a log burner instead.

  • Keep documentation: EPC assessors only carry out a visual assessment of your insulation, so if you have insulation in inaccessible areas, keep documents when it’s installed to show the assessor.

If you’re moving out soon, you may not want to get too many improvements made, as you won’t personally reap the benefits of them.

However, a low rating can put off potential buyers, as they may worry that the house is poorly maintained in general or will be very expensive to heat. It’s better to make changes that will improve your rating the most, such as installing a new boiler.

Looking to Sell Your Home?

When it’s time to sell your home in Rugby, an EPC is a legal requirement, but luckily, it’s a quick, easy process to get your grade, and is something your estate agent can advise on.

Although it may seem like a pain when you have a million things to do, it’s easy to find an assessor to provide energy reports, and you may find it useful to have some tailored suggestions on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency and improve your existing EPC.

For further help with your EPC, please contact us and we will be happy to advise and recommend. Call us on 01788 550044 or email us at rugby@horts.co.uk.

You can also request a valuation here

Frequently Asked Questions About Energy Efficiency Requirements

What is an EPC rating?

An EPC rating, or Energy Performance Certificate rating, assesses the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). It indicates the potential energy costs and environmental impact associated with heating and hot water usage in the home.

Do I need an EPC to sell my home?

Yes, it's a legal requirement to have an EPC when selling a home in England and Wales. The certificate provides valuable information to potential buyers about the property's energy efficiency and potential energy bills.

What are the energy efficiency requirements for selling a property?

When selling a property, it must meet a minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES). This standard ensures that homes meet certain energy efficiency levels, contributing to reduced energy costs and environmental impact.

How can I improve my EPC rating?

Improving your energy rating with accredited domestic energy assessors can involve simple measures like installing low-energy light bulbs, adding insulation, upgrading your boiler, or even considering renewable energy sources like solar panels. These improvements not only enhance the property's energy efficiency but also reduce potential energy bills for future occupants, improving property performance and reducing energy usage.

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