Home Reports were made a legal requirement when selling a home in Scotland on 1 December 2008. If you haven't sold a property within the last 7 years, you may not know what to expect from a home report or the different elements which make up the completed document.
What makes up a Home Report?
A Home Report has three sections – the Single Survey, Energy Performance rating and Property Questionnaire. The Single Survey and Energy Performance rating are both completed by the surveyor upon their visit to your property prior to launching on the market. This details the energy efficiency of your home and condition of various aspects of the property including the roof, external building, internal fittings, flooring etc. It also gives you a valuation of your property in its current condition which is then used by the estate agent to set the asking price when launching on to the market.
The Property Questionnaire
The Property Questionnaire requires completion by you as the seller and comprises of 16 questions about your home and your time there.
Questions such as the length of ownership, council tax banding and utility suppliers should be fairly straight forward to answer for the majority of sellers. There may however be a couple that you’re not sure of, including whether the property is in a conservation area and whether it’s a listed building. We advise clients to look on their local council website and also the Historic Scotland website which can give you the answers to these questions.
Question 8 asks whether you have an energy performance certificate and the answer to this should be yes as you obtain this from the surveyor as part of the completed home report document.
Question 11 talks about common areas and any shared responsibility. If you are unsure of the answer to this question, you can ask the solicitor/estate agent dealing with your sale and the Title Deeds can be checked for clarification on this.
As much information as possible should be given within the Property Questionnaire and it should be answered truthfully to the best of your knowledge. If there are any questions that you aren’t sure about, then just ask us.
We’re here to make the process of selling as easy as possible for you and wherever we can help we will of course do so.
For any additional questions on the Property Questionnaire, Home Report or sales process, please contact our Senior Property Sales Manager, Emma McCall.