Scottish Home Report

What is a Home Report?

Let’s keep it simple; a  Scottish Home Report is a pack which provides information about the condition and value of a property. The Scottish Government set out that it must legally contain three sections. The video explains what is included and how these are conducted.

  1. Energy performance certificate
  2. Single Survey which includes the property value
  3. Property Questionnaire
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Scottish Law

As of the 1st December 2008 it is now mandatory that when selling residential property in Scotland you provide prospective purchasers with a Home Report. This report is instructed by the seller of the property or their agent and consists of three mandatory documents.

“Everyone selling their home needs to provide a Home Report to prospective buyers.”

Home Reports make the process of buying a new home more transparent by removing much of the uncertainty over what price to bid and accept. A Home Report includes a Property Questionnaire prepared by the seller plus a Single Survey and Energy Performance Certificate prepared by a chartered surveyor.

At the Home Report Company, we have specially trained Chartered Surveyors who are able to prepare Home Report and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC). These surveyors have local knowledge of the areas they cover ensuring you receive the best possible service.

The Home Report incorporates the following elements:

Single Survey

This is a detailed report on the condition and value of the property.  It is intended to provide both the seller and purchaser detailed information about the properties condition and value before offers are submitted.  In addition this document contains an accessibility information section.

The condition of the property is separated into three categories:

Category 1 – No immediate repair is needed

Category 2 – Repair or replacement requiring future attention, but estimates are still advised.

Category 3 – Urgent repairs or replacement are needed now. Failure to deal with them may cause problems to other parts of the property or cause a safety hazard. Estimates for repair or replacements are needed now.

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Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An EPC is a Certificate which states the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardized way in which a building is used. CO2 ratings are shown in bands from A-G. A being very efficient, G being very inefficient. The performance of the measured building is benchmarked against current Building Standards and recommended cost effective improvements.

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Property Questionnaire

This document is completed by the seller or their agent asking about their ownership of the property and can be done online or offline.  It provides a range of useful information, for example the council tax band, length of ownership, existing service providers, parking facilities and alteration commentary.

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