Support Services and EPCs
Many of our local clients and customers will have seen the Julian Marks truck travelling around the area. This vehicle is driven by James Wildman, our in-house qualified Domestic Energy Assessor.
James carries out the majority of our Energy Performance Certificates. He also manages our ‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards. James also produces our architectural floor plans.
Julian Marks Estate Agents has taken the initiative to bring all these services in-house to provide our clients and customers with the very best of service. We do not need to rely on outsourcing to external companies, therefore can guarantee the quality of the work and the service.
James is a very important part of our process and further emphasises our company ethos of ‘People, Passion and Service’.
EPCs - the Facts
From 1 August 2007 all properties for sale require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). From 1 October 2008 all properties for rent require an Energy Performance Certificate.
What Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
EPCs look similar to the energy labels found on domestic appliances such as fridges and washing machines. The energy efficiency and environmental impact will be rated on a scale from A to G (where A is the most efficient and G the least). Current running costs for heating, hot water and lighting will also be shown on the certificate together with a list of recommended energy saving improvements.
When Do I Need To Get One?
It is recommended, especially if you have a high turnover of tenants, that you get an EPC as soon as possible to ensure that you comply with the law. If selling a property an EPC has to be instructed within the first month of marketing. If you do not purchase an EPC you could be fined £200 per day for non-compliance. The EPC will remain valid for 10 years.
How Do I Get An EPC?
Julian Marks Estate Agents will arrange for our in-house Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) to visit your property to assess the age, construction and location as well as its current fittings such as heating systems, insulation, double-glazing etc.
How Much Will An EPC Cost?
The cost of an EPC will vary depending upon age, construction and location of your property but the cost will normally be from £75 plus VAT.
Why Should You Care?
Because your prospective tenants will be able to see at a glance how energy efficient and environmentally friendly your properties are. If you have invested in energy saving measures your properties will perform well and stand out from the crowd. If not you may find them harder to rent out or sell in the future.
If you would like more information or would like to talk to a member of the team, our local offices will be happy to assist you.