If you haven’t moved for a while you may not even know that you have to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Your instructed estate agent may recommend an energy assessor or you can find one local to you on the .gov website.
Did you know, even if you were selling privately without marketing the property, there is still a legal requirement to have an EPC.
A lot of vendors and estate agents ask what the EPC entails. I can not answer this briefly, and explaining details to people, I can almost see their eyes clouding over and wishing that they had never asked!! So I thought I would keep this blog post brief, with some core information.
Here is a list of the essentials your energy assessor would need access to:
- The loft (if your property has one). The assessor will need to pop their heads up to essentially stick a ruler in the loft insulation to see how deep it is. They will also looking to establish the party wall construction. Having the loft ladder ready for the assessor would be a great help.
- The main heating system. If you have a central heating system, then the assessor would need to be able to access this to identify the type of boiler and more importantly, be able to see the make and model details of the boiler. If these are not visible, then an installation certificate should have this missing information. If you just have heaters in the rooms then we would still need to be able to identify what type of heaters they are ie. night storage, electric panel heaters, oil filled rads.
- The hot water tank. (Not the cold water tank that normally sits in the loft.) We need to identify what type of insulation is round the hot water tank, how its heated ie. from a boiler, or electric immersions, and whether it has a thermostat on it to help regulate the heat.
- Gas Meter – to establish whether the property has main gas or LPG
- Electric Meter – to establish whether the electric is on a set tariff or has on and off peak electricity.
- Each room in the property needs to be accessible for the assessment – an important element of the EPC is to measure the property and to calculate the volume of the house and whether the property is sharing heat with any neighbouring properties. You will find mid terraced property will rate reasonably well due to the fact they will be sharing heat with neighbours.
- Have your wireless programmer/thermostat out in an obvious position for your assessor as if they can not see it, they will mark your heating system as having no programmer or thermostatic controls, which will down grade your energy rating.
- Paperwork – the assessor needs to establish ages and construction to each part of your property. If you have a 1900s property with a 1980s extension and a 2004 loft conversion, please have the paperwork ready with planning permissions and completion of works. This paperwork is not essential however will help the energy rating. If we can not find record of the planning on the local district council pages, then we have to note the date of any loft conversions as the original build date. If we have no access to any loft points and can not see any insulation, the software we use will revert back to building regs of the original build date. So if this were the case for our 1900s build, it will assume that there is no insulation in the loft or the loft conversion and will rate lower than if we had the 2004 completion certificate as we could then date the conversion as 2004.