15 November 2022
Right now, more than ever, we know that keeping your home's costs low is important. Your EPC rating can be the tell-tale first sign of whether your home is really saving you money or stretching your pockets.
An essential part of selling or letting a house is getting an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which gives your house a score for energy efficiency. Getting a higher score makes your property more attractive so we’re going to explain how you can give it a boost. As a buyer or seller, understanding EPCs helps you to make the right choice when considering a move and can help save you money on energy bills in the coming months.
How is an EPC prepared?
An EPC is written by a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). We have a dedicated team of DEAs who will come and prepare the EPC as standard when you sell your house through us. As an extra service, they’re all professionally trained photographers too, so you can take advantage of their time with you to capture some amazing pictures of your home!
What does the EPC contain?
The most important part of the EPC is the Energy Efficiency Rating which gives a home two scores: current and potential. The current rating gives you an idea of what the running costs of a property might be. The potential rating is based on improvements that the DEA thinks can be made to the property.
The scores are colour coded and will look familiar to the stickers seen on white goods such as washing machines and tumble dryers.
The scores are based on the fabric of the house including cavity wall and loft insulation, how it’s heated, and whether energy-saving bulbs are in use.
You can get an idea of how your property might perform by searching the Landmark website with your postcode. Don’t worry if you don’t want your EPC being published online because you can opt to keep it private.
At Wards, our own domestic energy accessors are able to complete an EPC as a standard for you when you sell with us, just so you know where you stand when selling your home. Why not get in touch with your local branch to find out just how much your home could be losing you money!