Home Reports

We introduced the Home Report in 2008 to address the aims identified in the Stewardship and Responsibility report:

  • to provide better information about the condition of properties to sellers and buyers before offers are placed (and give sellers an incentive to carry out repairs before marketing their properties)
  • to address the problem of multiple surveys and valuations being carried out
  • to address the problem of artificially low asking prices being set

Home Report review

We carried out a review of the Home Report to look at how it worked in its first five years. This included a Home Report public consultation held in December 2013 and a Home Report research report published in January 2015.

We are working with the Home Report Implementation Group to consider the review's findings.

How to apply to be a Single Survey provider

The Home Report comprises three documents: an Energy Report, a Property Questionnaire and a Single Survey. Only surveyors registered with or authorised to practise by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors can produce Single Surveys.

We will assess applications from any other professional organisations, but they will need to satisfy certain criteria for becoming a Single Survey provider.

If you think your organisation meets the criteria, ask your professional body to contact: homereportinformation@gov.scot

Find out more about Home Reports and the process of buying a home in Scotland on the mygov.scot website.

An archive of the development of the home report is available.