Buying and selling to be 'radically changed' in Edinburgh and Lothians

Househunters looking to buy a house in Edinburgh may be interested to learn that the way in which houses are bought and sold in the area may be set to change.

From December 1st, Scottish property owners will have to provide Home Reports to potential buyers, according to the Scotsman.

These reports include details of the condition and value of the property, meaning that house buyers will have vital information on their future home and will save them money that they would have previously had to pay for surveys.

This is according to Willie Mulgrew, Edinburgh and Lothians area manager of Wise Property Care, who stated: "Home Reports … are the single biggest change the Scottish housing market has experienced in decades, radically changing the buying and selling process."

He added that such provision is vital for people buying a home as it is "the largest investment they make in their lives".

It was claimed recently by Which? that the English version of the reports, home information packs, could stand to benefit from the introduction of such a survey.