A Scottish Home Report is a pack of three documents that give buyers a clear picture of the condition of the property for sale:
The single survey includes a report the condition of property, a valuation of the property, and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.
The energy report shows the energy efficiency of the property and assesses its environmental impact. It will also give recommendations on how to make the property more energy efficient.
The property questionnaire is completed by the seller giving an overview of other useful information such as the property’s Council Tax band and alterations that have been made.
In Scotland, sellers are required to commission a Home Report when they sell a home (although there are some exceptions), and must provide potential buyers with a copy when requested. A buyer may also choose to commission a separate survey of their own.
If a property does not have a Home Report when marketed both the seller and the agent risk a fine.
At Your Move we aim to make your move easier by keeping everything under one roof, and we can help you obtain your Home Report. Our Home Report service includes:
The surveyor will visit your property and inspect key elements. The top five things a surveyor will be looking for when completing the Single Survey are:
For the Energy Report, the assessor will inspect items such as loft insulation, domestic boilers, hot water tanks, radiators and windows.
1 Or withdraw from market, or 9 months later, whichever is sooner.
Insulating your roof can help you save up to £250 a year, and loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years.
You don’t want the warm air to escape from pesky gaps near doors or window, and you don’t want to let the cold air in either. Blocking unwanted gaps could save you up to 10% on your heating bill.
You can reduce the heat leaving your home, as well as the noise entering it, by fitting double glazing. Replacing single glazed windows could help you save up to £175 on your annual heating bills.
Saving money on lighting is quick and easy. Look out for energy saving bulbs, and make sure everyone in your household is turning lights off when they leave a room, no matter for how long.
Solar panels, hydroelectricity and wind turbines all help to generate energy, and you can even earn money by selling the excess energy back. This won’t be an option for everybody though as the initial costs are so high, and you need the right space and environment.
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