When you sell your home these days, you must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). While there have been more guidance for landlords on the importance of an EPC, it is crucial vendors have one in place. The EPC is a useful document, providing an instant reading on the energy-efficiency of the home.
The EPC also provides guidance on which improvements to make at home to improve the energy rating. Potential buyers welcome this, but as a vendor, if you plan on carrying out improvements before you go to the market, it makes sense to follow this information.
Connect with buyers by giving them what they want in a home
If you haven’t thought about why an EPC is of benefit to you when selling your home, besides the fact it is a legal requirement, consider these issues:
- More and more buyers are keen to buy an energy-efficient home, so you should give them what they want
- When the property market is competitive, vendors need to differentiate their house from other properties, and to improve the energy-efficiency of the house allows you to do this
- An energy-efficient home is more likely to create a positive impression for potential buyers when they view the property
- Lower energy bills appeal to everyone, including new buyers, so again, making these changes will ensure your home appeals to potential buyers
When you consider the benefits energy-efficiency improvements bring when selling your home, it shouldn’t take too much additional persuasion to convince vendors to upgrade their home.
Carrying out energy-efficient upgrades doesn’t have to be expensive
It is understandable for vendors to be concerned about the cost of energy upgrades, as selling your home can be costly. There are some energy-efficiency improvements which are costly. If you upgrade your boiler or install double glazing, you will spend a lot of money. You will receive a considerable boost to your energy rating, but if your budget is limited, you may not be able to afford these options.
However, you don’t need to spend vast sums of money on improving the energy rating of your home. The simple step of replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs can have a significant impact on your property. If you have a loft area which isn’t currently insulated, installing loft insulation will retain heat and save you money.
Better insulate your home to make the property more energy-efficient
You should also review the cracks and gaps in your doors and window frames. If there are holes, fill them, and you will retain heat more effectively. You will also prevent cold air from entering the property, improving the insulation and energy-efficiency of the property.
When it comes to selling your home, you must connect with buyers. At Koopers, we are pleased to say we have helped many Alfreton vendors sell their home, and we know what buyers are looking for. Buyers want an energy-efficient home, and if you need guidance in making these improvements, contact us today.