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Broughton EPC Assessors

One Simply Price – up to 5 bed, £55

EPC

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We Are EPC Surveyors covering your area

epcHome is an EPC provider doing EPCs in Broughton and the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Broughton is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can look at our information video clip that describes more about what an EPC is.

WHY USE US AS YOUR EPC PROVIDER?

  • 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 quote.

What is An EPC?

More Info
An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

More Info
{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• For a remortgage
• Making a claim for funding under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
• Getting grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO)

All the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

More Info
An EPC is done by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information regarding the current lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for 10 years.

Booking your EPC is easy:

  1. Click the BOOK ONLINE button below
  2. Select an available date and time slot
  3. Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
  4. Pay securely online
  5. If you prefer you can always call us to book. 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. Your EPC will be emailed to you in 2 or 3 days. If you order an Express EPC, you will receive it the same day of the visit.

You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some basic guidelines so that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

Image of an EPC energy rating

These things will improve your EPC rating

More Info
In most cases your Assessor is able to obtain the vast majority of information they need by just going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are required where no proof is gathered. If the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC rating.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.


• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – An MCS certificate from installer.

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness installed.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

• Double glazing improvements made to the majority of the property – Fensa certificate, or dated receipt from the installers.

• Any wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

More Info
The 3 mains things that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties are generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses equals lower ratings.

Levels Of Insulation
Good levels of insulation ensures that the demand on the heating system is kept down, and it also results in a more comfortable home with lower running costs.

The Heating System
An efficient heating system with good controls such as room thermostat, thermostatic valves and programmer helps to keep energy bills down. This all contributes to a better rating on the EPC.

These make less difference

More Info
Double glazing
This particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned before. However, where it will have a more substantial effect, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is generally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Broughton Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 can be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for several properties.

Letting agent handing over key

EPCs And Rental Properties

More Info
As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

More Info
An EPC rates the home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be at the least an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take steps to get the rating up to an E.

How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC

More Info
The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice on every aspect of MEES.

SAP Calculations

If you require a SAP EPC for building control please CLICK HERE.

Here we will answer your most common questions asked about the EPC.
What Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to continue. An example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties will need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant need to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and a copy of the government guide “How to rent”. The “How to Rent” guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

    Landlords are always advised to get correct legal advice so that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    Enjoy it or loath it Broughton happens to be an exciting place to reside and work. Personally, we love it and are pleased to be one of the leading EPC suppliers in the area
    What Customers Are Saying

    Moving Home, Letting A Property, Local Estate Agents, We’re Here To Help

    Serving Your Local Area

    Contact

    EPCHOME WEBSITE

    OWNED BY ENERGYSMART BEDFORD

    Call Us

    0800 0467 345

    EMAIL US

    admin@energysmartworld.co.uk

    Broughton EPC Assessors

    One Simply Price – up to 5 bed, £55

    EPC

    our services

    We Are EPC Surveyors covering your area

    epcHome is an EPC provider doing EPCs in Broughton and the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Broughton is Only £55

    Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

    If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can look at our information video clip that describes more about what an EPC is.

    WHY USE US AS YOUR EPC PROVIDER?

    • 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 quote.

    What is An EPC?

    More Info
    An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

    Why You Need One

    More Info
    {There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

    • For a remortgage
    • Making a claim for funding under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
    • Getting grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO)

    All the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just contact us for more advice.

    How To Get One Done

    More Info
    An EPC is done by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the required information.

    Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information regarding the current lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

    The information is then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

    That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for 10 years.

    Booking your EPC is easy:

    1. Click the BOOK ONLINE button below
    2. Select an available date and time slot
    3. Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
    4. Pay securely online
    5. If you prefer you can always call us to book. 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. Your EPC will be emailed to you in 2 or 3 days. If you order an Express EPC, you will receive it the same day of the visit.

    You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.

    Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

    Here we will give you some basic guidelines so that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

    Image of an EPC energy rating

    These things will improve your EPC rating

    More Info
    In most cases your Assessor is able to obtain the vast majority of information they need by just going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

    What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are required where no proof is gathered. If the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC rating.

    If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.


    • Solar PV or Solar Thermal – An MCS certificate from installer.

    • Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness installed.

    • Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

    • Double glazing improvements made to the majority of the property – Fensa certificate, or dated receipt from the installers.

    • Any wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

    These make the biggest difference

    More Info
    The 3 mains things that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:

    • The main source of fuel for heating the property
    • The levels of insulation in the property.
    • The heating system.

    Main Source of Fuel
    UK properties are generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses equals lower ratings.

    Levels Of Insulation
    Good levels of insulation ensures that the demand on the heating system is kept down, and it also results in a more comfortable home with lower running costs.

    The Heating System
    An efficient heating system with good controls such as room thermostat, thermostatic valves and programmer helps to keep energy bills down. This all contributes to a better rating on the EPC.

    These make less difference

    More Info
    Double glazing
    This particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned before. However, where it will have a more substantial effect, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

    With double glazing the perception is generally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

     

    Low Energy Lights
    Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

    Broughton Landlord EPC Services

    The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 can be issued.

    Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for several properties.

    Letting agent handing over key

    EPCs And Rental Properties

    More Info
    As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

    What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

    More Info
    An EPC rates the home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be at the least an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

    If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take steps to get the rating up to an E.

    How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC

    More Info
    The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

    A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

    The policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice on every aspect of MEES.

    SAP Calculations

    If you require a SAP EPC for building control please CLICK HERE.

    Here we will answer your most common questions asked about the EPC.
    What Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to continue. An example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties will need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant need to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and a copy of the government guide “How to rent”. The “How to Rent” guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

    Landlords are always advised to get correct legal advice so that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    Enjoy it or loath it Broughton happens to be an exciting place to reside and work. Personally, we love it and are pleased to be one of the leading EPC suppliers in the area
    What Customers Are Saying

    Moving Home, Letting A Property, Local Estate Agents, We’re Here To Help

    Serving Your Local Area

    Contact

    EPCHOME WEBSITE

    OWNED BY ENERGYSMART BEDFORD

    Call Us

    0800 0467 345

    EMAIL US

    admin@energysmartworld.co.uk