EPC – Energy Performance Certificate

EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate, every residential and commercial property that is up for sale and for rent in the UK is legally required to have one. The Energy Performance Certificate shows the energy efficiency levels and carbon dioxide releases of a building.

The EPC entails the energy efficiency levels with the rating of A-G; A being the most efficient, G being the least. The better the rating, the more energy-efficient the building is and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be. Currently, the average rating for a home is D – E.

A qualified and accredited Energy Assessor will visit the property to carry out the energy assessment survey. They will need access to all rooms in order to examine the critical items in the property such as domestic boiler, radiators, loft insulation, hot water tank, etc. Once the survey is finished, the data will be uploaded into a software program that calculates the level of energy efficiency.

Commercial EPC

All commercial properties require an Energy Performance Certificate when being sold or let. Ratings are often used by tenants or potential buyers to make energy comparisons between properties. A Commercial EPC comes with a recommendation report that outlines how the energy performance of the building could be improved.

An EPC assesses a buildings by giving a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the best and with the average to date being D/E. Property with the best ratings are more attractive to potential tenants and buyers as they are cheaper to run.

Not having a valid Commercial EPC can be a real inconvenience for both owners and property agents. There is now shared responsibility between agent and commercial landlord to make sure that the property is legal to market by having a valid EPC within 7 days of marketing, if one is not already available, a reduction in time from the original 28 day grace period that was in place before April 2012 legislation came into effect this year with more stringent criteria regarding EPC law.

Floor Plan

As well as the EPC we will produce a professional floor plan. This can be supplied in most formats, using industry standard floor plan software. The floorplan can be provided with as much detail as required. We can also produce 3D floor plans if needed.

A floor plan is a type of drawing that shows you the layout of a home or property from above. Floor plans typically illustrate the location of walls, windows, doors, and stairs, as well as fixed installations such as bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, and appliances. Floor plans are usually drawn to scale and will indicate room types, room sizes, and wall lengths. They may also show furniture layouts and include outdoor areas.

Inventory Reports

All our Inventory Reports are professionally conducted and can be tailored to your requirements. We always include detailed narrative descriptions which we combine with digital colour photography on all reports. We visit the rental property and undertake a full Inventory inspection itemising the fixtures, fittings, contents and the condition of the property at that time including any furniture, if applicable. Where possible we will take the meter readings and completed reports will be sent to the Agent/Landlord within 72 hours via email.

Check In

At Check-In we can arrange to meet your Tenant at the rental property. We can do this on or before the start of their Tenancy.
We will go through the Inventory Report with them and obtain their signature. We will also, where possible take the meter readings and agree them with your Tenant.

Check Out

At Check-out we visit the rental property at the end of the Tenancy either with or without the Tenant present. The property is inspected throughout and a note is made of any differences between the present condition of the property and that described on the Inventory Report which was compiled before the start of the Tenancy. We will also note any items that are now broken, damaged or missing from the property.