When one is looking for a property to buy or rent,then they can get an Energy Performance Certificate. This is basically a guide that helps to show the would-be buyer or tenant the energy efficiency the house is. Other than this it also determines the cost of running the home and the ways to improve the level of efficiency. This certificate lets a person know the costing of lighting and heating of the house would be and also the carbon dioxide emission of the area. Ratings are provided to demarcate the efficiency of the properties.
Introduction of EPC
These certificates first initiated in England and Wales on August 1, 2007. They were a part of the Home Information Packs (HIPs) for the domestic properties that had a minimum of four bedrooms. But with passing time the certificates became available for the smaller properties as well.
How Much Does It Cost?
EPC Register can cost anything in between £60 and £120. As one can see that the costs can vary, it is better that one looks for it with several providers. A good consideration is getting quotes from several of them. But it is essential to ensure that the assessor is registered at this point.
Validity of the Certificate
It is found that an EPC certificate is valid for a period of 10 years. One can choose their home as soon as they order the certificate, even before the assessment has been performed. If the current certificate is ending soon, then one does not have to worry because the certificate remains valid as long as the property is on the market.
This certificate is a kind of a legal requirement while building, renting or selling a property. But in the recent times, the listed buildings have been exempted from the requirement of having such a certificate.