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Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate is a compulsory part of a Home Information Pack. The certificates are commissioned by the seller/landlord (or their agent) from an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, who visits the property to collect the relevant data and creates the certificate. This data includes the date, construction and location of the property and relevant fittings (heating systems, insulation or double glazing, for example).

Energy Performance Certificates tell you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes - which should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A.

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Home Information Pack

A Home Information Pack (HIP) is now required for most homes put on the market with vacant possession. From 6th April 2009 the HIP must be in place prior to marketing.

Anyone marketing a home for sale in England and Wales, whether they are an estate agent or auctioneer, a housing developer, or a private individual is responsible for ensuring that a HIP is in place and made available to potential buyers.

HIPs are designed to bring information upfront to increase certainty and inform buyers about a property before they incur costs. Informed choice by buyers at the start of the process will help reduce delays later on and reduce wasted time for sellers.

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Home Condition Report

The Home Condition Report is designed to be an objective report on the condition of the property that can be relied upon by buyers, sellers and mortgage lenders. It will be written in Plain English in a standard format and will describe the general condition of the property taking account of its age, character and location; how energy efficient it is; and any defects or other matters requiring attention.

The Home Condition Report is designed to be a 'mid-range' survey, similar to the current Homebuyer Survey and Valuation - not as detailed as a Building Survey (sometimes known as a 'full structural survey') but a lot more extensive than a mortgage lender's valuation inspection.

Home Condition Survey

The aim of the Home Condition Survey (HCS) is to tell you about any defects that need urgent attention or are serious. It also tells you about things that need further investigations to prevent damage to the structure of the building.

corporate headquaters The report applies ‘condition ratings’ to the major parts of the main building (it does not give condition ratings to outbuildings). The property is broken down into separate elements, and each element is given a condition rating.

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Home Energy Audit

Coming soon.

On Construction EPC

From 6th April 2008, it will be law to provide an On Construction Energy Performance Certificate (OCEPC) for all new build homes that are completed after this date. The OCEPC will form part of the Home Inspection Pack (HIP) for the new owner.

An OCEPC gives information on the buildings energy efficiency, and is displayed similar to the A-G ratings found on electrical appliances.

Recent Feedback

"Sellers whose HIP included a Home Condition Report (HCR) were more likely to agree that having the HIP would speed up the sale of their property than those whose HIP did not contain an HCR."

CLG - Home Information Pack Area Trials – Research Report (March 2008)