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HOME REPORTS EXPLAINED
Houses for sale in Scotland have to be marketed with a Home Report. This is a pack of three documents: a Single Survey, an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire. The Home Report will be made available on request to prospective buyers of the home.
The Single Survey contains an assessment by a surveyor of the condition of the home, a valuation and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.
The Energy Report contains an assessment by a surveyor of the energy efficiency of the home and its environmental impact. It also recommends ways to improve its energy efficiency.
The Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller of the home. It contains additional information about the home, such as Council Tax banding and factoring costs that will be useful to buyers.
The Single Survey gives sellers detailed information about the condition and value of a home before it is marketed for sale. It also gives buyers better information about the condition and value of a home before they make an offer to purchase.
The Single Survey includes an accessibility audit that will make Scotland the first country to require that the accessible features of every home for sale are highlighted to potential buyers. This information will benefit parents with young children and older people, as well as disabled people.
Single Survey in detail: download an example of a Single Survey in PDF format.
The Energy Report gives a home’s energy efficiency rating and its environmental impact in terms of carbon dioxide emissions.
It recommends ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency and gives contact details for further advice and information about how to make a home more energy efficient and save fuel costs. The Energy Report helps home buyers to make ‘green’ choices, by comparing energy costs between homes and giving practical advice to reduce carbon emissions and save on energy bills.
Energy Report in detail: download an example of a Energy Report
The Property Questionnaire contains information for home buyers, solicitors and surveyors.
It would include, for example: a home’s council tax band, parking facilities, factoring arrangements, any local authority notices that affect it and alterations that have been made to the home.
This information will be useful for buyers before they decide whether to submit an offer to purchase a home. The Property Questionnaire will also reduce the risk of delay and difficulties in conveyancing.
Who will compile a Home Report?
A – The Home Report may be compiled by the seller’s agent or the seller. A chartered surveyor must provide the Single Survey and Energy Report. The seller of the house will complete the Property Questionnaire. Costs will be dependant on the company carrying out the Home Report.
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I am a private seller, and do not plan on using a solicitor or estate agent to market my house. Do I need a Home Report?
A – Yes. Under Part 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, a person who is responsible for marketing a house must provide a Home Report to any prospective purchasers. To prepare a Home Report you will need to commission a chartered surveyor (or a Home Report provider who will engage a surveyor) to carry out the Single Survey and produce the Energy Report. You, or someone acting for you, must also complete a Property Questionnaire.
How ‘old’ can the Home Report documents be when the house is put on the market for sale?
A – The legislation says that the documents should be no more than 12 weeks old when the house is put on the market. A house for sale which has a Home Report can be taken off the market for 28 days without needing a new Home Report.
Do I have to update my Home Report at any time once the property is on the market ?
A – The legislation does not impose a set shelf life or validity period for any of the Home Report documents. Decisions as to whether any aspects of the Home Report need to be refreshed/updated are for sellers, buyers and their professional advisers to take, depending on the circumstances of each case. The refresh is not an additional survey, but usually a simple re-inspection.
What happens if the Single Survey identifies a significant problem with the condition of the house such as dry or wet rot? Does the seller have to rectify the problem?
A – That is a decision for the seller. The seller may choose to rectify the problem or may for other reasons, market the house immediately. There is nothing in the legislation forcing the seller down one particular route. From the Single Survey report, the seller will at least be aware that there is a problem and have options to decide what to do about it.