Scottish Home Report

Properties for sale in Scotland are legally required to be marketed with a Home Report, copies of which need to be made available to prospective buyers. Inside the report are three documents: An Energy Report (otherwise known as an EPC or Energy Performance Certificate) which gives an overview of the property’s energy efficiency and potential ways it can be improved, a Single Survey which contains a valuation for the property and an opinion on its condition, and lastly a Property Questionnaire, details of which are completed by the seller and which gives information on things like parking arrangements, heating type and council tax banding.

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When selling a property in Scotland it is a legal requirement for the seller to have a Home Report to show to prospective buyers. The home report inspection is carried out by a qualified surveyor registered with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who will visit the property and have a look around. Most of the inspection is done simply by eye, but occasional tools (such as moisture meters) are employed as well.
 
The surveyor will endeavour to inspect the property as thoroughly as possible given his remit, but will not lift carpet, remove fixtures and fittings (like electrical sockets) or try to access difficult to reach areas.
 
The final report will contain details of the houses construction and fittings, most of which will be obvious to the average homebuyer without them having to be written down. The useful part of the report in our opinion is part 2 which covers the condition of the property and the surveyor's opinion about necessary repair work. With this information potential buyers can budget for repairs before deciding how much they'd be willing to pay for the property.
 
Some properties do not require Home Reports. Examples are newly built (and newly converted) properties being sold for the first time, park homes/static caravans which cannot be used all year round properties being purchased via the government’s ‘right to buy’ program, commercial use (for example, a shop with a flat above it) properties that aren’t fit to live in.

We can arrange Home Reports throughout Scotland (except the outlying islands). Guideline fees for properties in the central belt are as follows. Additional charges will apply for properties in Aberdeen, the Highlands and Islands, and the Scottish Borders. All prices will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis so please contact us with your property details to get a confirmed quote:

  • Properties valued between £100 – £29,000: £200.00 + VAT
  • Properties valued between £30,000 – £100,000: £250.00 + VAT
  • Properties valued between £100,000 – £200,000: £280.00 + VAT
  • Properties valued between £200,000 – £300,000: £340.00 + VAT
  • Properties valued between £300,000 – £400,000: £420.00 + VAT
  • Properties valued at over £400,000 +: Priced On Request

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