Need an EPC in Cambridge?
Fixed Price EPC – £55
epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs within the Cambridge and surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The price of the EPC is – £55 up to 5 bed detached house.
WHY USE US?
- No complicated price variations of property types and rooms.
- No misleading “from” prices.
- No waiting for an Assessor to call you back.
- No filling in long complicated forms before you get a price.
At epcHome we work hard to make the cost of getting an energy performance certificate in Cambridge as cheap as possible. So follow our guidelines to ensure you get the best possible epc rating on your property. Within 2 or 3 days your EPC will be emailed to you. It will also be lodged on to the national register. Your estate agent or solicitor will be able to access it from the register. Booking your EPC survey in Cambridge is easy:
What Is An Energy Performance Certificate
An energy performance certificate or EPC for short is a 3 to 5 page certificate which shows the current energy rating of a UK dwelling. It is a legal document required when selling or renting out a property. It rates the building from an A, which is the highest to a band G the lowest.
All EPCs are stored online on a central Government register. The certificate is valid for 10 years. If your EPC is required for rental, then it must be at least an E rating. If it is an F or G, then the property cannot be let.
How Is An EPC Done?
A qualified Assessor has to visit the property to obtain the information required to produce the EPC. Data is gathered about the dimensions of the building and the construction and types of walls. Further information is gathered about the existing heating lighting glazing and insulation in the building. Photos are taken as evidence of the elements that are in the property and these are required for audit purposes.
The visit takes typically takes between 20 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the building. The data is then entered into approved government software which then does the calculations to produce the energy ratings and recommendations for the property. The EPC is then lodged on to the Government register and the certificate number is sent to the client. The full EPC can then be viewed online.
The EPC is normally emailed to the customer in 2 to 3 days. If you need it in a hurry, book our express service, for a small additional fee you can receive the certificate the same day of the visit.
There is actually very little the customer needs to do to prepare for an EPC survey. Providing the documentary evidence of any loft conversions, and cavity wall insulation, if the building is rendered, along with proof of the date the windows were installed if after 2002. The only other key thing that a customer needs to do is ensure that access is available to the following items:
- All rooms in the property
- Gas and electric meter
- Loft hatch
- Boiler and hot water cylinder if present
- If the loft is boarded access to evidence and measure the insulation in a few different locations. This may mean lifting some boards prior to survey date.
The EPC is calculated using many factors within the property, so ensuring that all the required data can be obtained during the visit will help the rating. An EPC can still be completed if some of the items are inaccessible but this is likely to have a negative impact on its rating.
The EPC is not a condition report of the property, so we won’t need any maintenance or service records.
An EPC Assessor has to be fully qualified to undertake domestic energy assessments. They are regularly CRB checked and are continually audited on a percentage of the assessments they undertake. They also have to maintain regular continued profession development (CPD) courses to ensure they are to date with changes in the industry.
If your building is a commercial property then you will need a commercial EPC, which is not something we currently offer.
EPC Assessors Cambridge
We aim to provide customers with a prompt and reliable service in Cambridge as well as offering extremely competitive prices to all our customers. Our Assessors are directly employed by us and not third party contracted surveyors who can often prove to be unreliable.
SAP Assessors Cambridge
All new builds, dwelling change of use, or overglazed extensions will require SAP calculations to demonstrate compliance with Part L of the building regulations. Sap calculations are more in depth than a standard EPC and are priced on an individual basic.
Contact us if you have been asked for Sap calculations from building control.
Cambridge Energy Performance Certificates For Landlords
There are 3 legal certificates that all residential landlords must have in place they are.
- A gas safety certificate check – every year.
- An Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR for short – every 5 years
- A valid Energy Performance Certificate – every 10 years.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard
A domestic EPC rates the energy performance of a building from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be as least an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short.
If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let. If there is an existing tenant in the building and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has to take steps to get the rating up to an E. Get in touch for expert advice on making sure your properties in Cambridge meet the minimum epc rating and help on applying for an exemption if necessary.
Area coverage – CAMBRIDGE
Booking your EPC in Cambridge is easy:
- Click the BOOK AN EPC button on the right
- Select an available date and time slot
- Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
- Pay securely online or pay on the day
- If you prefer you can always call us to book.
Please call free on 0800 046 7345
That’s it, your EPC is booked. You will receive an email confirmation and a text reminder a day before the visit. You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.
What Does An Energy Performance Certificate Involve?
The Assessor gathers information in the property about the construction and age of the building. Also information relating to the heating, insulation, glazing and lighting is taken. The Assessor then inputs this data into approved Government software, which then rates the building from an A to G. The average UK property is rated at a D 60.
How Long Does An EPC Last For?
The EPC is lodged on a government register. The energy performance certificate last for 10 years. After the period of 10 years, the certificate will still stay on the register but will show as being expired.
Can You Fail An EPC?
Technically you can’t really fail an EPC, as the report simply shows the energy performance rating of the property. However, certain organisations may require the EPC to have a minimum rating for their own internal purposes. Here are some examples:
Rental: to legally rent a property the property must be at least an E on the epc rating.
Lenders: many lenders are starting to demand that the EPC shows an E rating also. In some cases if it doesn’t reach an E, then further restrictions may be put on the lender, such as holding back an amount until the minimum standard is reached.
On the other side of the coin, under the Local Authority Green Homes Grants Scheme, grant funding would only be available to properties that are an E, F, or G epc rating. These are the properties that are more costly to run and would benefit most from energy efficiency improvements.
Can I Do My Own EPC Certificate?
Doing your own EPC Certificate is not something you can do yourself. It can only be done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor who is accredited by a government approved scheme manager. Only these people will have access to the approved software systems. Assessors are continually audited to ensure they are working within the scheme boundaries.
Do I need to renew an EPC during a tenancy?
From April 2020 all rented properties must have a valid EPC. Also the EPC must meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) of an E rating. This means once the EPC has expired regardless of the position of the tenancy, then an EPC is required.
What happens when the EPC expires?
When your EPC expires, if the property is for rental you will need to get a new one done. If the EPC expires for other purposes you are not legally required to renew it, until, for example, you decide to sell the property.
What is the minimum EPC rating?
There is actually no overall EPC minimum rating. Only properties that are for rental have to have an EPC rating of at least at E. There are however some properties that are exempt from meeting this requirement. Further details can be found on the government PRS register. Epc’s are rated from A, the highest, to G the lowest.
When did an EPC become a legal requirement?
The EPC became a legal requirement as part of EU regulations on 1 August 2007. It was then part of the Home Information Pack and was only required on detached homes. It was subsequently expanding to all properties. The certificate is valid for a period of 10 from the time it is registered.
How much should I pay for an EPC in Cambridge?
The cost of an EPC varies depending on various factors. However, we’ve made it simple by offering a fixed price for all property types up to a 5 bed property. Beware of some extremely low price providers, there are some unscrupulious providers out there. It’s wise to check reviews before booking. You can check our Google Reviews by CLICKING HERE.
Can I sell a property with an EPC rating of F?
Yes you can sell your property whatever the rating. The main purpose of providing the certificate to the prospective purchaser is that you are providing them with the information. After that it is up to the customer to make their own decisions on the purchase.