Anyone selling a property in Scotland requires a Home Report – it's the law!
What is a Home Report?
It is a set of documents that give detailed information about the condition and value of a property, including its energy efficiency. By law, all properties put on the market in Scotland will have to be marketed with a Home Report. Home Reports have been introduced by the Government to encourage a fairer and greener housing market, by giving buyers information about the property before offers are made and expenses incurred.
What will a Home Report contain?
A Home Report must contain three important documents, namely:
- Single survey – carried out by a surveyor and detailing the condition and value of the property. It will also include information about the accessibility of the property (wheelchair access, number of steps etc).
- property questionnaire – completed by the seller to give potential buyers useful information about the property including the Council Tax band, car parking arrangements and any major alterations, additions or extensions to the home.
- energy report – a survey or will rate the energy efficiency of the property and its carbon emissions on a scale of A-G, just like the charts shown on new fridges and washing machines. The report will also indicate likely fuel costs and suggests ways to improve efficiency and help the environment.
What about properties already on the market before 1st December 2008
At the current time, homes already on the market before 1 December 2008 are exempt.
Will any properties be exempt from having a Home Report?
There are only very limited number of circumstances where a Home Report will not be required, for example, new homes or properties to be demolished. In the vast majority of cases, properties will need to be marketed with a Home Report.
Why choose us to sell my home and produce the Home Report?
Through our national network of branches, we have been providing Home Information Packs (Home Report equivalent) to our sellers for properties in England & Wales for over a year and we were actively involved in the Government’s trials. You can rest assured we can sell your home and organise your Home Report as quickly as possible to get your property on the market.
If you have any further questions about Home Reports or would like to know more about how we can help market your home, please just call your local office. Here’s a list of our Allen & Harris offices located in Scotland:
What if I don't have a Home Report?
You or your Estate Agent will be breaking the law if your property is marketed for sale without a Home Report. It is easy to spot which properties are being marketed without a Home Report, and Trading Standards will issue penalty fines to those who break the law.
How do I obtain a Home Report?
The quickest and most convenient way is to ask your Estate Agent to do this. Sequence offers a range of HIP options to suit you. Using the latest technology, Sequence can order the Home Report extremely quickly, and track progress, as all the items are commissioned and then received. As soon as the content of the Home Report has arrived, marketing can commence immediately, without any risk of delay.
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Speak to your nearest Allen & Harris branch, details below to find out more about our Home Reports and selling your property with us.
|Ayr||01292 267 248|
|Bishopbriggs||0141 762 4477|
|Bridge of Weir||01505 612 114|
|Burnside||0141 613 3992|
|Clarkston||0141 620 3393|
|Dennistoun||0141 556 7661|
|Dumbarton||01389 731 314|
|Hamilton||01698 423 159|
|Helensburgh||01436 672 134|
|Irvine||01294 271 151|
|Kilmarnock||01563 528 304|
|Newton Mearns||0141 616 2424|
|Paisley||0141 889 7222|
|Shawlands||0141 649 9011|
|Stirling||01786 462 355|