Everyone who owns domestic or commercial property throughout the UK needs an energy performance certificate survey performing on their property. It tells the government all about your property’s environmental impact, as well as overall energy efficiency, and failing to have one can result in expensive repercussions. But how do you choose the ideal company to perform these EPC surveys?
Should You Stick to Local Firms?
The internet is your best friend when it comes to picking the firm to perform your EPC survey. With one quick search you’ve got all the companies available online offering EPC surveys in the surrounding areas. With another, you can peruse reviews of said companies. Getting quotes and comparing is really useful too, especially if you’ve got a bigger property. It all just comes down to doing your due diligence.
The fact is, different companies offer different services as well as having different prices and reputations. You will need to make a judgement on whether or not certain companies are worth shopping further afield for or if you want to go local. Going local has the benefit of staying conveniently in your area, but going further away could potentially get you a better deal. Going local is always going to be the best option for a variety reasons, not least that it’s always going to be convenient for you.
EPCs Are Essential
There’s not really any getting around it. Having an up to date energy performance certificate is crucial for home owners, landlords and commercial property owners. There are many things you need to know about EPC for commercial properties and domestic properties. Brought in on August 1st 2007, the EPC was made a legal requirement as part of the home information pack (HIP). When the HIP was later made obsolete, EPCs continued to be mandatory.
The EPC is essentially an evaluation of your homes energy efficiency, taking things into account like power wastage and CO2 emissions, as well as aspects of the property like low energy lighting, solar power, loft insulation and wall cavity insulation. An EPC gives your home a grading from ‘A’ to ‘G’ with ‘A’ being best, and the UK average being around ‘C’ or ‘D’. A great grade can make your property a much more appealing prospect to potential buyers and tenants, as it indicates low energy costs and a greener, more environmentally friendly home.
Failing to have an up to date EPC in place can result in fines, and you need to get one done before selling or renting the property, as failing to do so will once again result in further fines. Essentially, without an EPC, your property is a little useless, and you will be fined.