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Why is an energy performance certificate important for your home? Posted: 4th April 2023

Why is an energy performance certificate important for your home?

Energy performance certificates (EPCs for short) are necessary for any house sale, required to report on your property’s energy rating and also ways in which energy efficiency can be improved within your home.

Valid for 10 years, they are provided by a qualified surveyor, who you can organise independently or instead via your estate agent when selling your home. This can often mean a quicker and more reliable service due to the established relationship they will share.

We at Nicol, for example, have a number of East Renfrewshire and Glasgow based contacts to carry out such duties.


the steps involved in assessing your home's energy efficiency

What is involved in receiving your energy efficiency rating?

When the assessor visits your home they will provide you with information regarding how costly it is to heat and light your property, as well as reporting on your carbon dioxide emissions.

However they will not only report on the current state of your property, your energy performance certificate will also make recommendations on improvements you could make within your home to achieve a better energy rating.

For an accurate assessment to be made, the EPC accessor will need to be able to access all rooms within your property – including the loft and electric/ gas metres. During this time they will sketch a plan of the overall floor area of the property, taking measurements and capturing all relevant data.

This will include the type of property and age, construction materials and insulation, as well as lighting and window glazing type to mention a few.


Make sure your home is clear and easy to access for your energy efficiency assessment

How can I prepare ahead of my energy performance certificate assessment

As we mentioned above, the EPC assessor will have to be given access to every room within your home, including the loft. Therefore you can benefit from cleaning and providing access points prior to their visit.

You should also ensure that all improvements that you have planned for your home are complete prior to booking an EPC survey. Your energy performance certificate evaluates your home at the time the survey was taken and can’t forecast for any steps which have not already been implemented.

Keeping documentation to hand for things such as underfloor and cavity insulation is also a necessity. Your energy efficiency rating measures only what the assessor can see or can be proven. By taking this step, this means that they don’t have to make any assumptions based on the age of your house and instead information is placed on fact.


common energy efficiency improvements for your home

Common ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency rating

Some of the most common improvement recommendations you can expect to see from your energy performance certificate include:

  • Using energy efficient lighting
  • Installing double glazing
  • Installing insulation in your loft and walls
  • Upgrading your heating
  • Utilising renewable energy from sources such as wind or solar panels
  • And, replacing windows and doors

Making these small changes can all contribute to your home’s value over time, due to its high energy efficiency rating.


Home's with a highly rated energy performance certificate can sell at a higher price point

Interested in selling your home with Nicol Estate Agents?

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At Nicol Estate Agents we are experienced in selling properties within East Renfrewshire, Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Our knowledgeable team can assist in achieving a quick sale for your home, thanks to our local expertise and insight. Get in touch via [email protected] or phone 0141 616 3960.

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If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Sales Manager Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.