If you’re selling a residential property in the ACT, it’s mandatory to have an energy efficiency rating (EER) report completed before listing on the market, under the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003. This includes for the sale of houses, apartments and townhouses. This, and other pre-sale mandatory reports and your sales contract, must be ready to go before you begin marketing.
This report establishes an energy rating for your property, from 0 to 6 stars. The higher the rating the more energy efficient your property is – the more it stays warm in winter and cool in summer. Quality reports also outline ways to improve the energy rating. Sellers can use this information to improve their EER before selling.
Professional property inspectors measure energy efficiency by collecting data from an on-site visit and using a specialised computer-based modelling package. At the on-site visit, inspectors examine many elements including orientation, size and glazing type (single or double) of windows, floor type, common walls, air leakage and roof overhang. The EER lets prospective buyers know about energy efficiency so they can take this into account when deciding whether to buy and how much to pay.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a energy efficiency rating inspection company, and share where to find the best in Canberra
What makes a great energy efficiency rating inspection company?
As a buyer, the EER report lets you know about energy efficiency so you can factor this in when thinking about purchasing and, if so, how much you’re willing to pay.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing an EER inspection company.
- Licensed and certified. You’ll want a licensed and certified professional to conduct your EER and write your report, so there are no surprises during the sales process. Ask if your inspection company is licensed, insured and qualified to conduct an EER in the ACT.
- Equipped. EER inspections are technical and require inspection companies to invest in specialised computer software.
- Professional memberships. Reputable EER inspection companies belong to industry bodies such as the Master Builders Association and/or Housing Industry Association.
- Insured. You’ll want an inspection company that holds proper insurance, in case anything goes wrong during the EER inspection. By law, every inspector must have professional indemnity insurance (and provide a copy of the policy certificate with their reports).
- Experienced. You’ll want an EER inspector who is methodical and experienced, so you and the buyer can be confident with their report. Experienced inspectors also work efficiently.
The best energy efficiency rating inspection companies in Canberra
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HomeBuyers Inspections is a one-stop-shop for pre-sale energy efficiency rating reports, building inspection reports, compliance reports, and pest inspection reports in the Canberra region. The company focuses on helping vendors sell their properties. HomeBuyers Inspection has been delivering professional inspection services for 25 years. All documents are supplied electronically, to speed up service.
Lauren Shakespeare wrote on Google, “Fantastic service. Fitted us in promptly. Very friendly staff, very thorough, good industry knowledge. Would definitely use their services again.”
My Canberra Building Inspections ACT conducts inspections and prepares reports for buyers and sellers of properties. The owner is a Class A Builder in the ACT and has a Bachelor Degree of Architecture from the University of Western Australia. The company handles all types of property inspections and prepares authoritative, concise reports that adhere to Australian Standards. My Canberra Building Inspections ACT holds professional indemnity insurance.
Zain Safar wrote on Google, “Amazing service and honest advice! Recommended for sure.”
Surety Property’s qualified and fully insured inspectors conduct energy rating inspections and write findings in a report within 24 hours of inspection. Surety guarantees their reports are legally compliant. If floor plans with measurements are available, Surety will fast track the inspection and provide a 10 per cent discount.
As Luke Olley wrote on Google, “Competitively priced, but to be honest I would pay more than the competition to keep using Surety. Amazing service …”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an energy efficiency rating report?
An energy efficiency rating report assesses how energy efficient a property is, from 0 to 6 stars, looking at factors like the type of floor coverings and window furnishings, if there is insulation, size and type of windows, size and type of dwelling and the property’s aspect.
I’m selling my house. Do I have to get an energy efficiency rating report?
In the ACT you must have an energy efficiency rating report done before marketing your house for sale. The same applies for units and townhouses.
Can I do my own energy efficiency rating inspection?
No, you can’t do your own energy efficiency rating inspection. This mandatory pre-sale report must be completed by an expert, preferably one who is licensed, insured and a member of a professional organisation. It requires specialised software and equipment.
How much does it cost to have an energy efficiency rating report written?
This varies company by company so ask for a written quote. Some professional inspection companies offer a discount if you bundle all your mandatory pre-sale reports with them, so check this out.
How do I go about getting an energy efficiency rating report?
You have to engage a building inspection company. After inspection, the company writes up findings in a report and typically emails it to you.