1. Home
  2. Home Reports
  3. Advice
  4. Home Report FAQs

Home Report FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Home Report, required for sellers in Scotland.

Home Report FAQs

Find answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Home Reports in Scotland, including how much they cost and who needs to get one.

What is in a Home Report?

The basic Home Report includes a Property Questionnaire, a Single Survey and an Energy Report which includes an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Some surveyors may also provide a Mortgage Valuation Report which will be useful background information for the lender.

How soon after putting my home on the market do I need to produce a Home Report for prospective buyers?

You must provide a copy of the Home Report within nine days of marketing your property.

How long is my Home Report valid for? Do I need to arrange a new Home Report after a specified amount of time?

At the moment there is no legislation which imposes a validity period or a ‘shelf life’ for any of the Home Report documents. Decisions as to whether any aspects of the Home Report need to be refreshed/updated are to be agreed between the seller, buyer and their professional advisers, depending on the circumstances of each case. The refresh is usually just a re-inspection, not an additional survey.

Our Home Report has expired. Do we have to pay full price to bring it up to date?

According to our Home Report provider Edward Boyd BSc FRICS, "Home Reports do not expire as they have no finite shelf life.
However, it is common for a refresh to be instructed (usually driven by the purchaser's solicitor) but again this is not a legal requirement. This would usually happen when the sale has taken a conderable time or if the lender is looking for an update.
I usually charge a moderate fee if I have looked at the property within say, 1 year but have recently taken the decision to charge a full fee after this.”

Do I need a Home Report if I sell my home privately?

Yes, you still need a Home Report. Under Part 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, the person accountable for the marketing the property must provide a Home Report to any potential purchasers. To prepare a Home Report you will need to commission a Chartered Surveyor (or a Home Report provider who will engage a Chartered Surveyor) to carry out the Single Survey and produce the Energy Report. The property owner should complete the Property Questionnaire.

Can I charge a potential buyer to see the Home Report?

As a general rule, you cannot charge prospective purchasers for seeing the Home Report. However, you can make a ‘reasonable’ charge to cover costs for copying and postage if a paper copy is requested.

Who is responsible for assembling the Home Report?

Home Reports can be compiled by the seller's agent or the seller. However, a Chartered Surveyor should provide the Single Survey and the Energy Report. The Property Questionnaire should be completed by the seller, who should have the relevant history of the property.

Can I email or provide a Home Report electronically to a potential buyer?

Yes, but only if they specifically agreed to receive it electronically.

Do I always need to provide a copy of the Home Report?

If you are selling your home, you need to commission and provide a Home Report. However, if you or your selling agent doubt the buyer’s ability to purchase the home (for example, you don't believe they're a genuine buyer or you don't think they have the funds), then the duty to provide a Home Report does not apply. If a potential buyer considers they have been unlawfully denied a copy of the Home Report, they have the right to complain to the local authority Trading Standards.

Does the seller or the vendor pay for the Home Report?

Sellers must provide the Home Report. There is no rule stating that the buyer has to contribute towards the cost for the Home Report.

How much does a Home Report cost?

You can find the cost for Home Reports here. Each price quoted is for a Single Survey and an Energy Report. The Property Questionnaire should not involve any costs as it is a document completed by the seller.

How 'old' can the Home Report documents be when the house is put on the market for sale?

Government legislation states that the documents in a Home Report should be fewer than 12 weeks old when the property is put up for sale.  A house for sale which has a Home Report can be taken off the market for 28 days without needing a new Home Report.

Do I have to pay upfront for my Home Report?

Some Home Report providers will arrange for payment on completion. It really depends on what deals the Home Report providers in your area can offer. Sometimes this credit facility involves an additional payment.

My Single Survey has discovered that I have wet rot. Do I need to rectify this before putting the house on the market?

This is up to you. There is no legislation forcing sellers to repair faults discovered in the Single Survey.

Updated March 2020

Comments (7)

  • David Neish

    posted on 11 Feb 2017

    Recently I had my solicitor put in a Note of Interest on a property. Their 1st question was, how old is the Home Report. They say if it's more than 6 months old, a revised one has to be made. Is this correct?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi David, 

    If a house has been removed from the market for over four weeks before it is put up for sale again, or the Home Report was conducted over 12 weeks before the house is put on the market, a new Home Report will need to be completed.

    For more advice, take a look at our guide on 'What is a Home Report?'

    Jaime Harper

    posted on 15 Nov 2017

    My estate agent has informed me that my buyers lender has requested a refresh on my home report and that as I own the report I am required to pay for this to be done. The house has been on the market since 20th july 2017. Offer was made 5th of nov 2017. Is this true? Can I negotiate payment? What if I refuse to pay?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Jaime,
    As mentioned above, Home Reports do not have a specific 'shelf life' but refreshes are usual. They are, however, not obligatory. Your previous report was carried out 5 months ago, so it is understandable your buyer wants to check everything is correct. They are unlikely to pay for this, and if you refuse to pay for a refresh you may lose the sale. It may be worth talking to the surveyor who carried our your original Home Report, or talking to the buyer about what their concerns are.
    Best of luck,
    the reallymoving team


    posted on 13 Mar 2018

    I am no longer using my estate agent - but have found a buyer.....the report is less than 12 weeks old and I only took it off the market 5 days ago...can I use the home report I got through their surveyors - I have paid for this report...and the sales will not go through without it?

    Rhona Bell

    posted on 7 May 2018

    I commissioned a home report for property in Scotland in 2013, I then went on to sell the property. The property is now on the market again and the selling agent is using my home report with my name and the information I provided. Is this legal? I have contacted the agent, purple bricks this morning and asked for it to be removed immediately, I am in the right? It is still in use. Many thanks Rhona Bell

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Rhona,
    Home Reports need to be up to date, which would certainly not be the case if done in 2013. You are absolutely in the right to request it to be removed.
    Best of luck,

    Geoff Howell

    posted on 8 May 2018

    As a buyer looking for property in Edinburgh I have had to look at a number of home reports of late . All off them state that the surveyors have not checked the owners documentation on the electrical / gas and central heating systems for the flats in question . They also fail to check under baths for seal leaks ( BTW these potentially expensive rot problems related to sealant failure are not now covered by insurers such as Direct line) and generally seem to make only a cursory check of the properties . The reports also have numerous standard paragraph 'get out ' clauses such as those related to Knotweed. In short, they are a pale imitation of house surveys done in the past and are pretty useless from a buyer's perspective .

    Bill Higgins

    posted on 30 Jul 2018

    We recently sold successfully and bought a house whose home report had run out of date. Our solicitors knew this. They and their associated mortgage arrangers let things creep up so close to the agreed moving date that the Lender asked for the refreshed Home Report a few days before the big day. Having moved out we became temporarily homeless for 4 days, stressed out and financially stretched because no one had ensured a refreshed Home Report was available. Who's to blame? Our solicitor or the seller's, who claims ours should have requested it in good time.

    Mark Boardman

    posted on 8 Sep 2019

    I am in the market to buy a house. I recently viewed a house and the house report reported all 1's. However there were double glazing units blown, cracks in external walls not reported and the electrical system didn't didn't have the relevant safety documentation. In other houses I have viewed, surveyed by different companies, these faults have all resulted in a 2 in the relevant section of the home report. Obviously this report is misleading. Is there any way I can request the seller to provide a more accurate Home report? Are there guidelines that surveyors have to follow and is there a governing body?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Mark,

    You can absolutely speak to the sellers or the agent about when the home report was carried out and identify the inconsistencies. You can also hire a surveyor yourself to do an inspection and officially prove how wrong the report is. With regard to complaints, this document from the Scottish government website outlines what surveyors need to do in order to meet criteria to provide home reports and includes complaint procedure.

    Kind regards,


Your comment

Related articles

Ready to get quotes?

We've already helped over 2,630,180 movers

11,124 user reviews

Paul's service has been great. Since he offered the cheapest quote, I double-checked the price with him after clarifying that it was a period property with some complex features. He replied promptly and professionally, reassuring me that he could examine the issues specified, within the original quote.

essexrover on 07/02/2020

As featured in