Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m your EPC assessor here in Bletchley.
As a professional and reliable assessor, my goal is to provide you with comprehensive energy performance assessments that cater to your specific needs. Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, or business owner, I’m here to help you understand your building’s energy efficiency and provide advice on how to improve it. My experience and attention to detail ensure that your assessment will be conducted with efficiency and accuracy. So if you’re looking for an EPC near you, look no further. I’m here to help!
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that evaluates the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a property. It is mandatory for homeowners and landlords in Bletchley to obtain an EPC before marketing their property for sale or rent. An accredited domestic energy assessor conducts the assessment, and the EPC will rate the property’s energy efficiency on a scale from A to G. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the property is.
Benefits of Having an EPC
Having an EPC can benefit homeowners and landlords in several ways. Firstly, it can help reduce energy bills by implementing the report’s energy-saving recommendations. Secondly, the EPC rating can improve a property’s desirability to potential tenants or buyers, resulting in quicker sales/rentals and increased rental income. Finally, an EPC can also help reduce a property’s carbon footprint, which is becoming increasingly crucial and desirable to potential buyers or tenants.
The UK government requires all domestic or commercial properties to have an EPC before marketing for sale or rent. Failure to obtain an EPC can result in a financial penalty. Furthermore, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulation stipulates that all rental properties must have a minimum rating of E or above to be let. As of April 2021, this minimum rating requirement will also apply to new and existing tenancies, possibly affecting landlords who have not made changes to their property’s energy efficiency in a while.
Importance of Access
It is important that the DEA can access the outside of the property, so it is essential that access isn’t blocked or obstructed. If the DEA cannot access certain parts of the property, it will be difficult for them to assess the energy efficiency accurately. This could lead to an incomplete or incorrect EPC report, which could ultimately affect your property’s value or rental income.
Preparing for the DEA’s Visit
When preparing for the DEA’s visit, it’s essential to ensure that your property is fully accessible. Make sure there aren’t any obstacles blocking the assessor’s route, and clear any clutter around the outside of the property. In an empty property, keys should be available for the back or side doors. It is also important to secure any pets for this period of the assessment, as the DEA may have to access them while examining the outside of the property.
Other Areas the DEA Will Need Access to
Apart from examining the outside of the property, the DEA will also need access to all the rooms inside, including the loft and garage, if you have them. The assessor will examine each room to check for insulation, lighting, and heating systems. They will also take note of any draughts, and assess the size and style of windows. If any areas are inaccessible or blocked, the assessors won’t be able to give an accurate rating.