Hi, I’m Dean, your dedicated EPC assessor in Blackwood. Whether you’re a homeowner, property manager, or estate agency, I have the expertise to evaluate and analyse your property’s energy efficiency.
By conducting a thorough evaluation, I can offer valuable insights and recommendations on how to enhance your property’s energy performance. Contact me today to book an EPC assessment in Blackwood.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) outlines the energy efficiency of a property being sold or rented out in Blackwood. It provides landlords and potential buyers with information about how much energy their property uses and grades the property from A-G. The higher the grade, the more efficient the property is. This can help prospective buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new home, as well as help landlords keep their properties up-to-date with energy standards.
Why Do Homeowners and Landlords in Blackwood Need One?
The Welsh Government has made it compulsory for all homes being sold or rented in South Wales to have an EPC. This law applies to both existing and new builds. As such, anyone selling or renting a home in Blackwood must have an EPC on hand before they can begin marketing their property or signing contracts with tenants. Furthermore, any home without an EPC will be deemed ineligible for sale or rental until one is obtained.
Additionally, having an up-to-date EPC can help homeowners and landlords save money on their energy bills each month by highlighting areas where energy efficiency can be improved. For example, if your property has low insulation levels then increasing them could lead to lower electricity bills over time due to the increased efficiency of your heating systems. Therefore it makes sense for both buyers and sellers and landlords alike to obtain an up-to-date EPC when buying or renting out a property in Blackwood!
Government Regulations and Deadlines
In the UK, the government has set minimum energy efficiency standards for all properties. From April 1st, 2018, all rented properties in the private sector must have a minimum EPC rating of E. Any properties that fall below this standard cannot legally be rented out until improvements have been made. From April 1st, 2020, this applied to all tenancies, even those that have already begun. Non-compliance can lead to hefty fines, so it is important to ensure that your properties meet the required standard.
What Should You Do to Prepare for the EPC Assessment?
To achieve an accurate EPC rating, it is essential to provide the assessor with easy access to your property’s walls and meters. You should unlock windows and doors, move ornaments, and reposition furniture that may restrict access. For meters located inside a cupboard, ensure that it is clear enough for the assessor to inspect it. If the meter is located high and requires a ladder, make sure that the wall is clear of any obstructions.