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14/02/18

Welcome to the world of house buying and to a whole host of unfamiliar jargon.

Terms that you have never heard of, acronyms... they are all heading your way. For instance, do you know what an EPC is?

If you've looked at any set of sales details then you will have seen the term - but do you know what it means?

EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate and it is something every property needs to have when it is built, sold or rented. You'll need this before you market your property to sell or rent.

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So, what's included in the EPC. It basically gives information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. The result will be displayed as an 'A' (most efficient) to 'G' (least efficient) value - just like you'd see when you buy a washing machine or fridge.

However, in this case it will also give recommendations on how to reduce energy and save money, so it might suggest cavity wall insulation or changing light bulbs to low energy versions.

You'll need to employ an accredited assessor to carry out the survey. The assessor will provide you with an EPC certificate, which will be valid for 10 years.

Your estate agent will put you in contact or organise to have this survey carried. Be aware that if you are selling your house yourself that you'll need to obtain one, you can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one.

via Derby Telegraph