Home Report in Scotland comparison with Home Information Packs in England and Wales
The two approaches are quite different. Home Information Packs have been introduced in England and Wales to avoid the risks of delayed and/or failed bids and to reduce the existence of gazumping and also to provide better information earlier in the transaction process.
They do not include a valuation or surveyor’s report. In England and Wales, Domestic Energy Assessors provide the Energy Performance Certificate. The other documents in the pack are assembled by Home Information Pack providers, such as estate agents.
Buyers in Scotland have more and better information about properties before they make an offer to purchase with the home report. Better information about the condition of a property helps the buying decision and encourages greater attention to repairs and maintenance in the private sector.
The surveying profession produces both the Single Survey and Energy Report. The seller of the property completes the Property Questionnaire.
The table below illustrates the differences in the two approaches: