Domestic energy surveys and energy performance certification
Domestic EPC services for landlords and homeowners
Since October 2008, all residential properties for sale or rent need to have a valid EPC as per the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is a legal requirement that Direct Energy Surveys can help with. If you’re selling a house or flat, or putting a house or flat up for rent, we understand that getting an EPC can feel like one more thing on the list to worry about. That’s why we do all we can to make everything simple and straightforward – visiting only when it suits you.
What is an EPC for homes?
A domestic EPC shows your potential buyers and tenants how energy efficient your home is on a scale between A and G, with A being the most efficient and G the least. A property with an A rating will have cheaper energy bills and much less of an impact on the environment through lower carbon dioxide emissions. In turn, your buyer or potential tenant will probably find the property more desirable.
Recommendations for a greener home
When DES carries out an energy inspection, our qualified Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA) will visit your premises at a time that suits you. We’ll look at everything from cavity wall insulation and light bulbs to window glazing and appliances. We’ll then make recommendations on the domestic energy report, which will show you where improvements and savings could be made. Don’t forget – an EPC is a legal requirement, and you could be fined hundreds of pounds plus the cost of an EPC by Trading Standards if you don’t have one.
Domestic EPC costs
Depending on the size, age and condition of your property, a typical residential EPC with Direct Energy Surveys will cost between £45 and £75. For more information, have a look at our EPC FAQ, which includes more information about Home Information Packs, or call us on 07800 828080 for free, friendly advice.
What does a residential EPC survey involve?
Our fully qualified energy inspectors will consider and measure:
- Wall Construction
- Existing Low-Energy Lightbulbs
- Roof Insulation
- Double Glazing
- Heat Loss through Roofing
- Open Fireplaces
- Boilers and Heating Systems
- Heating Controls
- Hot Water Cylinder Insulation
- Renewables including Solar PV Panels