Increase You Asking Price By £16,000 When Selling Your House This Spring With Improved Energy Efficiency

Higher average prices and quicker sales make early summer and spring the best times of the year to sell your house in the UK.

As human beings, we are now accustomed to reducing our carbon footprint. We can see a change in our buying habits to favour domestically produced food, reduced air miles and highly efficient vehicles.

The same holds true when it comes to home buyers. You can create a better value proposition with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and triple or double glazing.

Research by the government backs all these facts. On top of increasing the likelihood of selling your home, you can increase the value of your home by up to 16,000 pounds by raising its EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating to a B Band from a D Band according to official statistics.

Definition of an EPC

The energy performance of your home is graded from an A to G using the Energy Performance Certificate. The certificate, which is a legal requirement that must be met by home sellers, gives potential buyers an idea of what they might need to do to get the rating improved, in addition to providing a clear insight into how efficient the house is and the running costs involved, at present.

Also worth noting is that as of April 1st 2018, landlords can no longer offering properties that have a G or F rating out to tenants legally; this effectively made the EPC as important to landlords as it is to homeowners.

Ways of Improving Your Home’s EPC Rating

Even though Energy Performance Certificates have been widely criticised owing to the home improvements they focus on, the fact that they give potential home buyers a clear idea of how much home improvements might cost, on top of potential running costs is considered to be a plus.

To put things into perspective, in the UK, a large proportion of the heat loss experienced in most post-war properties occurs through windows, walls and roofs meaning that insulation should be the first step towards making them more efficient even though ground or air heat pumps and solar panels also go a long way towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Can I Improve the EPC Rating of My Home With Energy Efficient Double Glazing?

Of the total amount of heat escaping from your home, 20 percent of it is attributed to windows, right behind leaky roofs and walls, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Regardless of whether you choose to relocate or not, you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint significantly, and earn long term gains if you have the windows replaced and double glazed glass conservatory roofs, in case you haven’t done it already.

While the latest energy efficient triple and double glazing windows get a five-star rating, partial double and single glazing variants get one or two stars in the star rating, which rates windows from 1 to 5 stars, included as part of your home’s EPC which identifies windows as …

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Do You Know How To Rent A House?

uk housesBefore starting your property search, you need to consider the requirements that you have. Be very clear about where you’d like to live, what type of property you are hunting for, any amenities you need proximity to, and of course your available budget.

List Out Your Requirements

  • Physical location
  • House, flat, studio, or room
  • The length of the possible tenancy period
  • Unfurnished or furnished
  • The number of bathrooms, bedrooms, and reception rooms
  • Off-street parking
  • Garden

Establish Your Budget

Set up a reasonable and realistic budget before you stick to it. Letting agents typically market their rental properties by stating either the weekly or monthly rental price. Try to avoid the temptation (your own or the agent luring you) of looking at properties that are more than what you might comfortably afford.

On top of rental costs, you need to leave room in your budget for a variety of other related expenses. These can include:

  • Your personal house contents insurance: you have to arrange this on your own to cover the personal belongings you own inside the property.
  • Council tax: tenants are frequently responsible for the payment of this, so consult the landlord or agent for estimated costs.
  • Service charges and utility bills: if a property is a serviced apartment or part of a block of flats, there might be service charges to pay. You need to clarify with the landlord or agent what’s included with the rent or will be an additional charge. Don’t underestimate how much your heating and electricity will add up to – though if you work then you might want to factor in that you’ll be relying on your office heating to keep you warm throughout the day!
  • Deposit: this is usually equal to one month’s rent.
  • Removal costs: this costs must be budgeted for the hiring of a removal company.

Deciding On Your Location

There are many factors that need considering when the time comes to consider the property location. It’s crucial that you prioritise the things most crucial to you as they relate to location, prior to starting your search, given how this will eventually save a lot of time.

Various Other Rental Factors

One advantage of renting a flat or house is how many options the market has. However, a lot is going to depend on your own individual situation and the life stage you’re in. You should probably consider:

  • A flat or house with sole tenancy: where a family or just one person are the property’s only tenants.
  • A flat or house share: this is when a couple or person might rent one room in a property that’s already occupied by other tenants. It can also be when a group of some friends share occupancy so they can split the rent amongst themselves.
  • Lodging: this is renting one room through a private property owner that also resides on the property.
  • Purpose-built rental accommodations: these are homes that have communal areas like on-site gyms or concierge desks.

A lot of rental properties …

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