Selling a home in Scotland

FAQs for sellers

 

If I'm selling my house, what do I need to do?

Before you start to market your home as for sale, you need to make sure that you have organised a Home Report. Selling your house is a serious undertaking and a Home Report is designed to make sure you've gathered all the information that a potential buyer will need. Your estate agent or solicitor will be able to help you with this.

If I'm selling my house privately and not using an estate agent or solicitor, will I still need a Home Report?

Yes, Home Reports apply for private sellers as well as those who are using an estate agent or solicitor. You will need to commission a chartered surveyor to help you with your Home Report.

How much will a Home Report cost?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has confirmed that Home Reports will cost between £585 and £820. The cost will depend on the size of your home and the surveyor you decide to use. You should request quotes from a few surveyors to ensure you get a competitive price.

Do Home Reports have a specified shelf life?

No, the Scottish Government has not specified a shelf life for Home Reports. If you think your Home Report should be updated at any point while marketing your property, you should discuss the options with your estate agent and chartered surveyor.

How old should the Home Report be when the property is first marketed?

Your Home Report should not be older than 12 weeks old when you start marketing your property for sale. If there is a delay longer than 12 weeks between the Home Report being finished and the marketing of the property starting, you will need to get your Home Report updated.

Are there any types of properties that are exempt from the legislation?

Yes, have a look at the Scottish Government website for more information.

If my Home Report identifies significant problems with my property, should I get them fixed before I try to sell?

It's up to you. Talk to your estate agent/chartered surveyor to get their opinion and find out how much the repairs would cost. You need to weigh up the cost of the repairs against the price you are hoping to achieve for the property.

Do all buyers who request a copy of the Home Report, automatically get sent a copy?

Yes, although there are a few exceptions. You (or your estate agent) do not have to supply a copy of your Home Report if you think the buyer:

  • Could not afford the house
  • Is not interested in buying the house
  • Is not a person to whom you would wish to sell the house (although you are prohibited from unlawfully discriminating against someone).

More questions?

For more information, have a look at the Scottish Government's Home Reports website.