27 November 2018

Selling Your Home? You Need An EPC

Posted by: IanWatson

Selling your home can be a challenge and there are many things that you need to take care of. If you haven’t sold a home before, it may seem a little bit overwhelming but even if you have sold a property before, you can still benefit from a helping hand in the process. One aspect that you should consider, but perhaps haven’t thought about when it comes to selling your home, is the importance of an EPC.

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate, or an EPC as it is more commonly referred to, is a document and the information contained in the document states how energy efficient a property is. An EPC also details the environmental impact of the property.

If I’m selling my home, what type of EPC do I need?

As there is more than one EPC, it is important to choose the one that is right for you. There are commercial property EPCs and domestic property EPCs, so if you are selling your home, you should focus on the domestic EPC. However, you also need to choose between an EPC for an existing property and an EPC for a new-build property.

It should be obvious what type of EPC you need for your property but if you have any doubts or question, please ask us and we will be more than happy to assist you to choose the right EPC for your needs.

What are the energy ratings of the EPC?

EPC ratings run from A through to G with an A rating being the highest rank. In the United Kingdom, the average EPC ranking is D.

Obtaining an EPC is a sensible idea because it provides you with home improvement tips that will help you to improve the EPC rating of your home. Using these tips as the basis for home improvements will allow you to improve your ranking and the energy efficiency of your home.

How much does an EPC cost?

There isn’t a singular cost of an EPC, so it makes sense to look around and find the best offer. It is common to see EPCs listed between £59+VAT and £120+VAT. There is a significant difference between these prices, so consider your own budget and what you will receive for your money.

Do I need an EPC to sell my home?

Yes. There is a legal requirement on having an EPC in place before you sell your home and you may receive a fine if you don’t have an EPC. Given the cost of selling a home, most vendors will be keen to avoid incurring any extra cost.

How long does an EPC last?

An EPC lasts for 10 years and once it has been commissioned, it is possible to put the home on the market and start the sales process.

There are many issues to consider when it comes to selling your home, but at Mitchells Estate Agents, we have you covered. No matter what help you need in selling your house, contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you in the process.

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