Bust­ing the home re­port myths

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - YOUR HOME - Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3, 2017

what to do and think if your prop­erty does re­ceive a Cat­e­gory 3 in the Home Re­port: Don’t panic. Cat­e­gory 3s are a fact of life – prop­er­ties can­not re­main per­fect for­ever. Al­though prop­erty main­te­nance is es­sen­tial, wear and tear is in­evitable. Think that beau­ti­ful thatched cot­tage in the Isle of Skye never re­ceived a Cat­e­gory 3? Think again. Ac­knowl­edge the in­for­ma­tion. You might not have re­alised that your roof cov­er­ing is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing or that the gut­ter­ing is blocked. The Home Re­port is a use­ful and trans­par­ent doc­u­ment and helps to high­light is­sues that may save you has­sle fur­ther down the line. De­cide if you are go­ing to fix the dam­age. If you do go down this route, make sure to do your re­search, get mul­ti­ple quotes and hire a trusted trades­man to do any work. Or, al­ter­na­tively, you could pro­ceed with­out al­ter­ations to the prop­erty. How­ever, be aware that there may be the potential that you re­ceive lower offers as the Home Re­port takes re­pair charges into con­sid­er­a­tion. On the other hand, a sur­veyor may still value your prop­erty at the same price, de­spite one or two Cat­e­gory 3s. A Home Re­port pro­vides the seller and buyer with a re­al­is­tic idea of the value and con­di­tion of the prop­erty. Sur­vey­ors of­ten en­cour­age buy­ers to take out fur­ther re­ports so one Cat­e­gory 3 in the Sin­gle Sur­vey isn’t usu­ally enough to de­ter a potential buyer. Re­mem­ber, no one ex­pects your prop­erty to be fault­less. Home Re­ports are com­pul­sory in Scot­land so un­cov­er­ing Cat­e­gory 3s is in­evitable. All in all, it is bet­ter to iden­tify any ur­gent re­pairs than turn a blind eye – at least this way potential buy­ers know ex­actly what they are deal­ing with and have no nasty sur­prises once they have moved in.

We hope we have busted some of the myths as­so­ci­ated with Cat­e­gory 3 rat­ings, but if you have any ques­tions or wor­ries then don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us at HomeRe­portS­cot­land.Scot where we can hope­fully turn your worst night­mare into a dream sale.

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