An Energy Performance Certificate is a legally required document for marketing the sale or rental of a property.
Since late 2008, it has been a legal requirement to have a valid EPC in place for marketing the sale or rental of a property.
The EPC report not only gives the person who is thinking of buying or renting the property a view of the property's current energy rating, but also the likely energy costs they are likely to incur based on an average occupancy over a 3 year period. Based on the data collected, the report will also recommend energy efficiency measure that could potentially bring those costs down. It highlights what approximate savings and potential ratings could be acheived if any of the recommended energy efficiency measures were to be installed and it also gives information on the potential costs of installing any recommended energy efficiency measures.
An EPC can also allow you to access government grants (including ECO and the GDHIF) to help fund energy saving measures.
Energy Performance Certificates are valid for 10 years and there may already be an EPC attached to your property. Providing there have not been any major changes, such as extensions / extra rooms added or removed, loft conversions, or other such major changes, the EPC may still be valid. If you are unsure, give us a call and we will gladly let you know.