How much does an EPC cost?
If you are planning to sell or rent out your home you will need an Energy Performance Certificate. Read on to find out how much an EPC costs and how to get one.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC, tells you how energy efficient a property is. It includes information about how much energy a property uses. On top of that it includes recommendations about how to make the property more efficient and cheaper to run.
With an EPC properties are ranked from A to G. A is the most energy efficient and G is the worst. Properties rated F or G are banned from being let to tenants.
How much does an EPC cost?
An EPC costs between £60 and £120. There isn’t a set price for an EPC so you should compare quotes from energy assessors to get the best deal.
The EPC cost will vary depending on:
- the size of your property
- location of your property
- the type of building.
For example, if you have a large house in London your EPC is likely to cost a lot more than someone getting an EPC for a one-bedroom flat in Grimsby.
Many people get an EPC through their estate agent as it’s a convenient option, but it could end up costing you more.
You can cut out the middleman by simply filling in a short form on our site to get quotes from local qualified energy assessors in a matter of minutes. You can then compare quotes and book your energy assessor for a home visit.
If you are intending to get an EPC through your estate agent, don’t forget to negotiate before you appoint them. They may be able to absorb the cost if it means winning your business.
Do I need an EPC?
Yes. An EPC is a legal requirement if you are selling or letting out a property in the UK. The only exception is listed buildings. That’s because the improvements needed to make a building more efficient, such as installing double glazing, may be prohibited with a listed building.
If you are planning to sell your home you need to have at least applied for an EPC by the time your house goes on the market. It makes sense to get an EPC sorted out early so it doesn’t end up slowing down the sale process. You can find out more with our guide to EPCs when selling a home.
How long does an EPC last?
EPCs were introduced in 2007 and are valid for ten years so you could possibly already have one.
You can check if your property already has an EPC on the EPC register if your home is in England and Wales. For properties in Scotland check the Scottish EPC register and likewise the Northern Ireland EPC register.
How do I get an EPC?
You need to find a domestic energy assessor to come to your home and survey it for an EPC. The survey itself takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. They will assess your walls, windows, insulation, roof and boiler.
They will then be able to give an idea of how much it will cost to heat and power your home for the EPC.
Ask for the Energy Performance Certificate to be emailed to you so you can pass it onto the estate agent marketing your property.
What other costs are involved with an EPC?
On top of the initial cost of getting your property assessed and an EPC issued you may have to pay out to improve your EPC rating.
It is illegal to let out a property with an EPC rating below E. So, you may have to pay to improve your rating if you want to rent out the property.
You may also find a poor EPC rating affects your home’s value and saleability if you are planning to put it on the market. Again, it might be worth paying to improve your home’s energy efficiency if it is going to affect your ability to sell. Though in reality we find from speaking to homeowners every day that if someone falls in love with your home, a lower EPC rating is unlikely to put him or her off.