Since December 2008, all houses for sale in Scotland (with only a few exceptions) have to be marketed with a Home Report. This is a pack of three documents:
1. Single Survey
The Single Survey contains an assessment by a surveyor of the condition of the home, a valuation and includes information as to the suitability for people with additional needs. It will also normally include a Generic Mortgage Valuation for the use of a possible lender.
2. Energy Report
The Energy Report contains an assessment by a surveyor of the energy efficiency rating of the property and its environmental impact. It also recommends ways to improve its energy efficiency. In a similar way to the energy rating given to Electrical appliances, a house may be rated from an A to a G. The higher the rating, the less is should cost to heat your home. The types of energy efficiency items which will be considered by the surveyor will include (a) the boiler; (b) any roof insulation; (c) any cavity wall insulation; and (d) any energy saving lighting.
3. Property Questionnaire
The Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller of the property. It contains additional information about the house, such as:
a. Council Tax banding,
b. When the boiler was installed and whether it is annually maintained,
c. Whether there have been any alterations to the house,
d. Whether there are any guarantees for items such as electrical, plumbing or roof works etc
e. Factoring costs
f. Whether any planning notices have been served on the house about a development in the neighbourhood,
g. and many other items known to the seller that will be useful to buyers.
The Home Report will be made available on request to prospective buyers of the home. Most member firms of the ESPC make the Home Report available automatically on the ESPC website.
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.
McQueen Legal, Solicitors & Estate Agents, Edinburgh are happy to offer expert free advice to existing and potential new clients. We hope you find this useful.