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What is a Single Survey?

Adele MacGregor

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28th Sep 2021 (Last updated on 21st Oct 2021) 3 minute read

A Single Survey makes up one-third of the Home Report which is legally required when selling a house in Scotland. This survey is designed to provide an enhanced level of information to potential buyers.

It is the seller’s responsibility to provide a copy of the Home Report to all potential buyers and the Single Survey must be completed by a RICS registered surveyor in Scotland.

Compare My Move work with property experts to bring you everything you need to know about arranging a Single Survey, what it costs and the other elements of the Home Report which are required when putting your home up for sale in Scotland.

This article will cover the following:
  1. What Does a Single Survey Cover?
  2. What Does It Cost?
  3. How Long Does It Take?
  4. What Should You Look Out for as a Buyer?
  5. What Other Parts Make Up the Home Report?
  6. Learn More About Surveying

What Does a Single Survey Cover?

The Single Survey is a visual inspection carried out by a RICS registered chartered surveyor. This will include a valuation which is essentially the surveyors take on how much your home is worth. This can give you an idea of how much to list your property for, ensuring you don’t price it too high and put buyers off, or too low.

The surveyor conducting the Single Survey will report on the overall structure and key aspects of the property, providing an unbiased assessment of the building’s condition. They will also provide details of any repairs which are either urgent or need future attention.

It is up to you as the seller whether you wish to address these concerns yourself, in which case you will need to obtain estimates of the costs. Alternatively, you can sell the home as-is but you may need to be prepared to accept a lower offer if urgent work is required.

A surveyor will report on a number of aspects of the home including the following:

  • Age of the property
  • Construction and materials used to build the property
  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Plumbing
  • Gas Mains
  • Electricity
  • Roofing
  • External walls
  • Internal Walls
  • Kitchen fittings
  • Bathroom fittings
  • Accessibility and wheelchair access to the property

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What Does It Cost?

According to RICS, the cost of a Home Report can range between £585 and £820. This cost will depend on the size and value of your property and the surveyor that you opt for.

For more information on the costs involved with selling a house in Scotland read: What is the Cost of Selling a House in Scotland?

How Long Does It Take?

The Single Survey itself will take place in the space of a day. Following the onsite survey, your surveyor will write up their report. The amount of time this takes will depend on the surveyor you hire but can be done in a matter of days.

What Should You Look Out for as a Buyer?

As a buyer, you should pay close attention to the information provided in the Single Survey before submitting an offer for the home. The report will include information on the type of property, age, construction and the neighbourhood it’s in. It will include a summary of the condition of the property and alert buyers to any urgent or future repairs needed.

If repairs are required on the home, you should consider this in your offer. Prior to committing to purchase it is recommended that you obtain estimates for the work so that you are aware of the costs involved before buying the home.

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What Other Parts Make Up the Home Report?

The other parts that make up the home report are the Energy Report, which includes an EPC Certificate, and the Property Questionaire.

The Energy Report is also conducted by a RICS registered surveyor who will assess the energy efficiency of the home and provide suggestions for improvements such as double glazed windows, loft and wall insulation and draft excluders. They will also look at the boiler and heating system.

The Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller and must be done accurately and honestly. This is a nine-page document that includes questions related to the council tax banding of the property, parking, accessibility to the property and any alterations on the property.

It will also require the seller to provide details of any local authority notices, history of flooding and any other information about the property which would be of interest to potential buyers.

Learn More About Surveying

This is part of our guide to surveying. Next we explore the true costs of a house survey, including how much each survey type will be. To learn more read how much does a survey cost.

Adele MacGregor

Having written for PerformanceIN, WalesOnline, Grazia Magazine and The Olive Press, Adele now writes advice articles for home movers, first-time buyers and house sellers alike.