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An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a crucial document for homeowners, buyers, and sellers in the property market, providing an essential overview of a property’s energy efficiency. Our Conveyancing Solicitors in Lytham aim to demystify the EPC, explaining what it is, what information it offers, why it’s needed when selling a property, how to obtain one, its cost, and its importance when purchasing a home. 

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What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? 

An EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. It not only gives an indication of how costly the property will be to heat and light, but also lists recommendations on how to improve its energy efficiency. The certificate includes details about the property’s energy use, typical energy costs, and suggests measures to reduce energy consumption and save money. 

What Do EPCs Tell Homeowners? 

For homeowners, an EPC offers a clear picture of their property’s energy performance. It identifies areas where improvements can be made to enhance energy efficiency, potentially leading to lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. The recommendations section provides targeted advice, such as adding insulation, upgrading the heating system, or installing double glazing, which can improve the property’s energy rating and increase its appeal to potential buyers or renters. 

Why Are EPCs Needed When Selling a Property? 

In many jurisdictions, including England and Wales, it’s a legal requirement to have a valid EPC available to potential buyers or tenants when selling or renting out a property. The EPC needs to be obtained before the property is marketed, as it gives prospective buyers or renters information about the energy costs associated with the property, allowing them to consider energy efficiency as part of their decision-making process. 

How do I obtain an EPC? 

To obtain an EPC, the property owner must contact an accredited energy assessor. These professionals are qualified to assess the property and produce the certificate. Energy assessors can be found through local directories or online platforms that specialise in EPC assessments. Often, a letting agent or estate agent will be able to assist with obtaining an EPC, as they will have connections with specialists and can pay the costs upfront, which you pay when the property is sold. 

How much does an EPC cost? 

The cost of an EPC can vary depending on the size and location of the property but typically ranges from £60 to £120. It’s a relatively small investment that can provide valuable insights into the property’s energy performance and potential improvements. As explained above by our Conveyancing Solicitors in Lytham, is a legal requirement when selling or renting out a property. 

The Importance of EPCs When Buying a House 

For buyers, an EPC is an invaluable resource that offers a glimpse into the future running costs of a home. A property with a high energy rating (closer to A) will likely be more energy-efficient, with lower utility bills, compared to a property with a lower rating. This information can influence the buying decision, as a more energy-efficient home not only reduces environmental impact but also can save a significant amount of money in the long run. 
Moreover, the EPC’s recommendations for improvements can help buyers negotiate the property price or plan for future upgrades. It also allows buyers to compare the energy efficiency of different properties, making it easier to choose a home that aligns with their values and budget. 
An Energy Performance Certificate is a critical tool in the property market, offering valuable insights into a property’s energy efficiency for sellers, buyers, and homeowners alike. It not only fulfils legal requirements when selling or renting out a property, but also helps in making informed decisions about energy consumption, potential improvements, and the environmental impact of a home. Whether you’re selling your home, looking to make energy-efficient upgrades, or in the market to buy, understanding and considering the EPC is essential for a sustainable and cost-effective future. 
If you are selling or buying a property, contact our expert Conveyancing Solicitors in Lytham for a fixed-fee quote for your property. Call 01253 202 452, or email Our Conveyancing Solicitors are CQS accredited, and SRA regulated, offering you peace of mind that your transaction will be dealt with by solicitors with the relevant expertise and qualifications to ensure your sale or purchase proceeds smoothly and quickly. 

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