What is a Home Report?

A Home Report is a pack of documents that give potential buyers information about a property for sale. This was introduced in Scotland on 1st December 2008. All properties that are advertised as for sale in Scotland must have a report prior to going on the market.

The report consists of three components:

1. A Single Survey
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• An assessment of the condition of the home (for example, the roof, internal and external walls, plumbing and kitchen fittings)
• A market valuation

2. An Energy Report

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• The energy report gives the home an energy efficiency rating. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the home is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be. It also looks at the impact the home has on the environment, through carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at features such as how well insulated the home is, and how it is heated.
• The energy report also recommends ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency and reduce fuel bills.

3. A Property Questionnaire

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The property questionnaire contains additional useful information about the property, for example:

• The property’s council tax band
• Parking arrangements
• Alterations that have been made to the property
• Whether there are any extra costs involved in living there (such as charges for the upkeep of communal areas).

How much does a Home Report cost?

The cost of a Home Report is depending on the value of your property and can range from around £400 up to and exceeding £1000.

How do I get a Home Report?

If you are selling your property using an estate agent or solicitor they should arrange for the Home Report to be carried out on your behalf. The single survey and energy report must be carried out by a qualified surveyor. The seller or their legal representative will be responsible for filling out the property questionnaire.

How long does a Home Report last?

A Home Report lasts for the length of time your property is on the market although if the date on the Home Report is longer than 12 weeks the purchasers’ mortgage lender may ask for an updated Home Report. It would be up to the buyer and seller to decide who will pay for the updated report although the expectation often is that the seller will pay for this

What if the survey finds a problem with my property?

It’s up to you to decide what to do if the surveyor identifies a problem with your home. You don’t have to fix the problem if you can’t afford it or don’t have time. However, bear in mind that the defect may affect the price you get for your home, so ask your estate agent for advice as to whether or not it will be worth putting the problem right.

If you have any further questions on a Home Report please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Blackadders Property Team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Nahdean

Nahdean McLarty
Property Manager
Blackadders LLP
@BlackaddersLLP

www.blackadders.co.uk

 

Increase your kerb appeal and make the best first impressions

Kerb appeal, a prospective viewer’s initial first impressions of your property, can play a huge part in the sale of your home. We all know that a successful sale is normally down to getting viewers over the threshold and if your property is looking its best, you will have a better chance of getting these all-important viewers through the front door.

Selling your property can be stressful so why not take advantage of these seven simple tips to help make the process a little easier:

  1. Fix the obvious
    If the front gate is hanging off its hinges or there are loose paving stones in the front path, have these items fixed.  If the doorbell is hanging off the wall or the front light is not working, these first impressions will be remembered.

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  2. Keep the garden tidy
    It doesn’t take much to mow the lawn or give those borders a quick weeding and a well cared for garden implies a well cared for home. Also, think about adding some low maintenance pot plants to give instant additional colour to your garden.

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  3.  Think about freshening up the exterior paintwork
    I’m not suggesting spending a fortune here but if you are able to give the exterior a quick freshen up, this can work wonders with first impressions. Peeling or cracked paintwork is never nice to look at.

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  4. Keep windows and doors clean
    Bright sparkling windows will give the impression of a fresh and clean home. Also, have those gutters cleared out and get rid of any protruding weeds.

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  5. Get rid of the clutter
    This applies to the interior as well as the exterior.  No one likes to see a messy garden or untidy rooms.  Clearing the clutter gives an impression of space and order and lets people imagine where they are going to put there own belongings. Remember the old saying of ‘less is more’ works wonders here.

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  6. Keep it neutral
    Shocking pink might be your all-time favourite but it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.  Keep it simple with low-key neutral tones as this gives the impression of a ‘blank canvas’ and lets viewers imagine putting their own stamp on the property.

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  7. Keep it clean
    This one might sound rather obvious but it’s often a point that many sellers overlook. An unclean home can be very off-putting and leave a lasting impression.  It can be such an easy thing to fix and all it will cost is a bit of elbow grease.

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Taking control of the simple things can work wonders. It can help to increase your viewings which in turn will generate more interest in your property and hopefully achieve a quicker sale.  For more information or assistance with ideas, please contact our Property Department to arrange an appointment with one of our Property Managers.

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Euan Stewart, Property Manager
Estate Agency
Blackadders LLP

www.blackadders.co.uk

 

Properties being sought in East Neuk, Fife

Blackadders are delighted to announce a new property display window within the popular East Neuk village of Anstruther – pictured above is Neil Fyall our Senior Property Manager, outside the new display within Rodger Street, Anstruther.

Blackadders’ Property Services Director Martin Paterson (who lives in Anstruther) comments:  “Over many years we have had many successful sales within the East Neuk of Fife and this display further enhances our commitment to offering property services within the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews.  Having lived in Anstruther for over 30 years and being involved in the local property market for that time also there is no shortage of expertise in providing free no obligation valuations to all properties within the area.  Buyers traditionally are a mixture of families wishing an excellent family home and a safe and comfortable environment along with people looking for a first time buy or second home.  In years gone by second homes were particularly prevalent in Elie and Earlsferry but this has extended now to all villages throughout the East Neuk of Fife with particular interest recently in properties being sought in both Anstruther and Cellardyke.  Crail has always proved popular particularly with its easy access to some excellent links courses with Pittenweem and St Monans always proving popular due to the many historic and fine features”.

If you would like to arrange a Free, No Obligation, Marketing Appraisal of your home please give our Property Sales Team a call on 01334 800600 (7 days), and either Martin Paterson or Neil Fyall will call out to have an informal chat.

Blackadders LLP
@BlackaddersProperty

www.blackadders.co.uk

Enjoy the festive period but don’t let the hangover last until Spring.

Christmas is almost upon us with only 3/4 weeks to go until, for most, the festivities and over indulgence begins. Those thinking of selling their home will now put this firmly to the back of their minds and will be replaced with thoughts of presents, sleeping in front of the TV and Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

However, this may be the perfect time to consider selling and preparing the house to hit the market after the party season has finished. Traditionally the months of January and February see less properties arrive for sale but is an excellent time to sell as the majority of house sellers will normally wait until Spring to sell. What does this mean for you if you decide to sell sooner?

  1. Less houses for sale increases your chance of a quicker successful sale and hopefully more than the Home Report value. Giving you peace of mind.
  2. You will be in a strong position to purchase a property a little later with more choice available.
  3. More buyers will be inclined to take your offer as you have been pro-active and are less of a risk than a buyer who has yet to sell.
  4. As you will have more choice, due to the increase in properties for sale, you will be less inclined to make a panic purchase then going through the process again in six months’ time.   

If you have decided that you are not going to extend, renew the kitchen or replace the bathroom, but instead sell your home in the New Year, I would urge you to book a free valuation now to prepare for the beginning of 2018 staying ahead of your competitors and make appropriate plans to ensure your house stands out against what little competition you will have.

At Blackadders we offer professional photography, quality brochures with floor-plans, buyers’ bank, social media (Twitter & Facebook), extended opening hours and website portals that suit your individual needs, all as standard.

Enjoy the festive period but don’t let the hangover last until Spring. Be two steps ahead.


Neil Fyall – Estate Agency

Senior Property Branch Manager
www.blackadders.co.uk