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Does the Seller Get a Copy of the Survey?

Adele MacGregor

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21st Nov 2022 (Last updated on 24th Nov 2022) 4 minute read

When their offer is accepted for a property, it is recommended that a buyer arranges a survey. This must take place before completing the purchase. A survey can provide essential information about the condition of the home. This helps the buyer make an informed decision on the home.

A seller will not get a copy of the survey unless the buyer chooses to share the survey results with them. However, in Scotland, it is the seller who arranges the survey. Once they have the results, they must provide a copy to any potential buyer.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Who Will Get a Copy of the Survey Results?
  2. Do Estate Agents Have to Disclose Survey Results?
  3. Home Report in Scotland
  4. What Can a Seller Do to Protect Their Interests?
  5. What Happens After a Survey on a House?
  6. What If I Get Bad Survey Results?
  7. How to Find a Surveyor?

Who Will Get a Copy of the Survey Results?

When a buyer arranges a survey on the home they want to buy, only they are given a copy of the survey results. These will not be sent to anyone else.

A surveyor cannot discuss the report or its contents with the seller without the buyer's consent. The seller will only see the report if the buyer chooses to disclose the results to them.

Do Estate Agents Have to Disclose Survey Results?

An estate agent will not know the contents of a survey unless a buyer wants to share the results with them. However, if the estate agent is aware of issues, future buyers do need to be made aware.

Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, anything that could influence the buyer’s decision on the home must be disclosed. With this in mind, estate agents must not mislead the buyer. It is an offence for them to withhold any “material” information.

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Home Report in Scotland

In Scotland, the process is different. It is the seller who arranges and pays for a survey of the home. This is known as a Home Report. They are then legally required to provide a copy of the Home Report to all prospective buyers.

Sellers will need to commission a RICS registered surveyor to conduct a Single Survey and Energy Report on their home. The seller then completes a Property Questionnaire. The three elements make up the Home Report.

What Can a Seller Do to Protect Their Interests?

As a seller, there are a few ways you can protect yourself.

  1. TA6 Form: First of all, be as accurate and honest as you can when filling in the TA6 Property Infomation form. This provides the buyer with vital up-front information about the property.
  2. Indemnity Insurance: your conveyancing solicitor might suggest taking out a policy to protect yourself over any third-party claims, such as title or deed issues. This policy will be valid once the ownership of the home is transferred to the buyer.
  3. Prepare Your Property: Making sure your property looks its best is essential for enticing buyers. This includes repairs, curb appeal (maintaining the front of the house) and cleaning.
  4. Get a Valuation: Having your home valued will give you an idea of how much the home is worth and what to list it for. It can also assist you when it comes to negotiations, ensuring you don’t undersell.

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What Happens After a Survey on a House?

After a survey, the prospective buyer is given a report on the findings. It is then up to them if they want to continue with the purchase or not.

If the survey findings are reassuring or they are happy to accept that some work may be required, the sale can continue. From here, the conveyancing process will move forward.

This includes:

  • Property searches (if they haven’t already been completed)
  • Drafting and negotiating the contract
  • Agreeing on a completion date
  • Exchanging contracts
  • Completion day

However, if the survey reveals significant issues, the buyer may want to pull out of the sale.

What If I Get Bad Survey Results?

The course of action after a “bad” report depends on how bad the situation is. If there are significant structural issues with the home, it is strongly advised that you pull out of the sale. This would cost a large amount of money to rectify and could lead to further issues in the home.

However, if the issues are fixable and at a lower cost, you could instead negotiate the price with the seller. Some sellers may offer to rectify the problems before the sale is complete. Others will negotiate the selling price with you to cover some or all of the costs of repairs. If they can come to an agreement, the process can move forward. If not, again, the buyer may walk away.

For more information on bad survey results read: What to Do After Bad House Survey Results

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How to Find a Surveyor?

When looking for a surveyor, you should ensure they are RICS registered. RICS is the governing body for surveyors in the UK. RICS-registered surveyors must have the necessary experience and qualifications. They must also follow the organisation’s guidelines.

One way of finding a surveyor can ask for recommendations from friends and family. Be aware that many surveyors will be restricted by location. That is why getting matched with professionals local to you is important.

At Compare My Move, we can match you with up to 6 local RICS-registered surveyors. This way you can compare quotes to get the best price for your survey.

Adele MacGregor

Having worked at Compare My Move for over four years, Adele covers topics such as the conveyancing process across the UK, property surveys, home moves and storage.

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