Hi, I am Richard, the EPC Near Me assessor for Doncaster.
As your trusted energy assessor, I understand the importance of having an energy-efficient home. By identifying gaps in insulation, understanding your heating and energy systems, and providing other useful insights, an EPC can help you save money on your energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. With my knowledge and expertise, I can provide you with practical and effective energy-saving solutions that are tailored to your specific needs.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) report is a legal document that provides an energy efficiency score for a property. The document helps property owners and potential buyers or tenants assess the property’s energy efficiency and the expected energy costs. The report includes an energy performance rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and lists measures to improve the property’s energy efficiency. The report also has a recommendation report, which explains the six main areas of a property’s energy use, their potential for saving energy, and a list of measures to improve the rating of the property.
Why is an EPC Crucial for Ravenshead Property Owners?
EPC serves as an essential benchmarking tool for property owners in Ravenshead. It is a mandatory requirement when selling or renting out properties within England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With the report, potential buyers or tenants can make informed decisions on the energy efficiency of your property, and its carbon footprint and, forecast long-term energy expenditure. The report provides homeowners and landlords with valuable information that can significantly impact the value of your property.
Benefits of an EPC
An EPC offers numerous benefits to Ravenshead property owners. First of all, it increases the value of your property. The report highlights the measures you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home or property, which can lead to higher property values. Additionally, improving your property’s energy rating can significantly lower energy bills, saving homeowners and landlords a considerable amount of money. You can also attract potential buyers or tenants who are searching for energy-efficient properties in Ravenshead. Lastly, it helps contribute towards a cleaner and greener environment, reducing your carbon footprint.
Government Regulations Surrounding EPC
Since 2007, every domestic building, both old and new, is required to have an EPC, and there are no exemptions for listed buildings or buildings of a certain age. From 1st April 2018, the government made it mandatory for Landlords in Ravenshead to have a minimum EPC rating of E for their rental properties. New legislation has extended the requirement from April 2020 to existing tenancies.
What Happens During an EPC Assessment?
Firstly, it is important to understand why access to the outside of your property is necessary during an EPC assessment. The assessor needs to take a look at the exterior of the building to assess its insulation and ventilation. This includes checking for things like draughts, dampness, and thermal bridging. They will also need access to any relevant outdoor equipment such as boilers, air conditioning units, or solar panels. If there is limited access to the outside of your property, this could impact the accuracy of the assessment and ultimately the final EPC rating.
So, what can you do to ensure that the assessor has easy access to the outside of your property? Firstly, make sure that any gates or fences are unlocked and that there is a clear path to the property. If you have a back or side entrance, ensure that keys are available for the assessor to access these areas. If you have any outdoor equipment or machinery that may require special access, such as a garage door or gate, be sure to let the assessor know well in advance so that arrangements can be made.
Another consideration that is often overlooked is pets. During the assessment, it’s important that any pets are secured safely away from the assessor. This is both for the pet’s safety and to allow the assessor free access to the property. If you have a nervous or easily agitated pet, it may be advisable to arrange for them to be looked after by a friend or relative during the assessment.
If access to the outside of your property is particularly difficult, such as in the case of an apartment or flat, it may be possible for the assessor to complete the assessment using photographs or other evidence. However, this is not always possible or desirable, as it may impact the accuracy of the assessment. If you’re unsure whether your property is suitable for an EPC assessment, speak to your assessor in advance to discuss your options.