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A Home Energy Assessment – What To Expect

Thinking about booking an EPC but not sure what to expect when one of our expert assessors visits your property? Even though the EPC requirement has been around for over a decade, there remains some aspects of misunderstanding about what goes into the surveying process – but as the UK’s leading, trusted property services partner, that’s where we come in!

In this blog we are going to show you some of the components of what goes into an EPC assessment – to help you understand a little more about what’s going to go on when we visit!

  • The assessor will inspect your loft, if it’s accessible, including the depth of the insulation and the type of party wall between you and any neighbouring property. Access to the loft is important for a good rating, because the assessor can only photograph what they can see and take evidence of.

  • The type of walls your property has is very important. Solid walls and cavity walls differ greatly in terms of their insulating value. The assessor will measure the thickness of the walls, photograph and check for any insulation that is present.

  • If you have a boiler or a heat pump, the exact model of the boiler will be useful to give a more accurate rating. The assessor will also look to see whether you have a thermostat, thermostatic valves, or any other heating controls.

  • The type of window you have – for example, single, double or triple glazing – and the age of the windows will be checked.

  • The number of lights in the property and the number of energy efficient lights are checked.

  • If you have any solar panels or any other type of renewable electricity or heat generation, then these will need to be considered.

As the surveyor assesses your property, they will need to take multiple photos to gather evidence to support the final EPC rating. If there are things you have installed, like wall insulation or floor insulation, that are not easily able to be measured on the day, the surveyor will need to see documentation showing exactly what has been installed. If this is not available, the benefits of this insulation will not be included in the final EPC, as the assessor has to be able to show it is present.

Following this visit, you will receive your EPC rating and recommendations within 48 hours. We understand every home is a little different so to find out more, head here:


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