If you plan to sell a property in the UK, you may have heard of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
But do you need an EPC to sell a property? In short, yes, you do. In this article, we’ll explore what an EPC is, why it’s necessary, and what you need to do to get one.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate is a document that rates your property’s energy efficiency from A to G. The certificate includes information about the property’s energy use and recommendations for improving its energy efficiency. EPCs are valid for 10 years and must be produced by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor.
An EPC is required by law when a property is built, sold, or rented. The certificate provides essential information to potential buyers or tenants about the energy efficiency of the property they’re considering.
How to Get an EPC?
You’ll need to find an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), such as The Certificate Lab, to get an EPC. You can find an accredited DEA online or ask your estate agent for a recommendation.
Once you’ve found a DEA, they’ll visit your property and conduct an assessment. The assessment usually takes around an hour and involves taking measurements of the property, including the size and age of the building, insulation, and heating systems.
After the assessment, the DEA will produce an EPC and provide you with a copy. The certificate will also be registered on a national database, which means it can be accessed by potential buyers or tenants.
It’s important to note that you can be fined if you don’t have a valid EPC when required.
How Much Does an EPC Cost?
The cost of an EPC varies depending on the size and location of the property. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from £50 to £120.
Can You Sell a Property Without an EPC?
No, you cannot legally sell a property without an EPC. You could be fined if you try to sell a property without an EPC. Additionally, potential buyers may be put off by the lack of an EPC, which could make it more challenging to sell your property.
Can You Get an EPC After Selling a Property?
Yes, you can get an EPC after selling a property. However, you’ll still need one in place when you sell the property.