Our Services

Whether it’s a home report, building survey or one of our other residential services you require, DM Hall is uniquely placed with 26 offices across Scotland to provide independent, expert advice.

Buying or selling a home is the biggest financial decision most of us will ever make. A home report by us is trusted by lenders and banks and provides genuine peace-of-mind. Our local, expert surveyors can advise and assist you whether you’re a first-time buyer or downsizing for retirement.


Our RICS accredited residential
teams across Scotland provide the
full range of residential surveys
and inspections

Which report do you need?

Home Report

Sellers must have a Home Report before presenting
their property to the market.

Mortgage Valuation (Scheme 1)

An MVR is normally instructed by a mortgage lender, to help inform their decision on the value of a property for loan purposes. This is a limited inspection and not a residential survey.

RICS Homebuyer Survey and Valuation (Scheme 2)

Are you thinking of buying a property?
If you require a more thorough inspection which focuses on significant defects, this is the report you need.

Building Survey

The most thorough survey you can get. Building surveys are particularly useful if you’re buying an older or unusual property, or one that’s in a poor condition.

Energy Performance Certificate

You may wish to instruct a stand-alone EPC prior to offering a property to let – this is now a legal requirement.

We can advise on all you need to know about your property or the property you wish to purchase.

Home Report


Selling or buying a property is the biggest financial decision most people are ever likely to make and prior to a property going to market, a Home Report is required.

This is where we come in! We are accepted on lenders’ panels, have expert local knowledge through our 26 Scottish offices and above all we produce quality home reports that are independent and reliable. This gives you peace of mind that for such a significant transaction, your Home Report is in safe hands!

In Scotland, sellers must have a Home Report before they can present their property to the market. A Home Report provides potential buyers with objective information on the condition of the property for sale. We are a major provider of Home Reports, so if you are thinking of selling your home, get in touch with one of our offices.

So what is involved in producing a Home Report?

It must be prepared by a qualified surveyor registered with RICS and contains the following elements:

1. Property Questionnaire

This is completed by the seller or their agent and asks about the present ownership of the property.

2. Single Survey

An assessment of the property’s condition, carried out by a RICS registered Surveyor. Repair work will be categorised on a scale of 1-3 which are:

Category 1. no immediate action or repair is needed

Category 2. repairs or replacement requiring future attention, but estimates are still advised.

Category 3. urgent repairs or replacement are needed now.

3. EPC – Energy Performance Certificate

An assessment of the energy efficiency of property and recommendations to improve thermal value.

With the sellers consent, all DM Hall Home Reports include a generic Mortgage Valuation Report (MVR). This is not mandatory, however at DM Hall we believe this is the necessary bridge which allows the purchaser's lender to use information extracted from the Home Report when providing mortgage funds.

We believe that there are four key points to consider before instructing a Home Report:

Is your Surveyor on your lender’s panel?

Reports by recognised professional surveyors are trusted and accepted by lenders. We are proud to say that our Home Reports are readily accepted by lenders.

Is your Surveyor local?

Local knowledge is vital and your surveyor should have strong knowledge of local market conditions. With 25 offices across Scotland, we are ideally placed to offer local knowledge and expert advice on properties.

Does the price reflect the quality of your Home Report?

More often than not, a cheap home report will not come with a mortgage valuation report, leaving lenders to take their own advice. This introduces uncertainty and unnecessary delay for the seller. Our prices are competitive, with no hidden charges, reflecting the quality of our trusted reports.

Is your Surveyor a trusted, reliable name in the industry?

Our strong relationships with estate agents and solicitors allows them to be confident with our experience, reliability and professional advice.


One of the regular concerns we hear about the Home Report is that it needs to be replaced after three months of marketing the property. We are more than happy to dispel this. The legislation for the Home Report does not impose a set shelf life or validity period. However, lenders do require a revaluation if the Home Report is older than three months. Importantly though, it is only required at the time of the sale – not every three months that the property is on the market.


Each property is unique - even your neighbour’s! Valuations will vary depending on location, size, style, condition, enhancements etc meaning variations will often occur for good reason.

Maintaining your property will have a significant bearing on your Home Report.

Our trained surveyors identify issues regularly that if managed effectively can be the difference between scoring a one or a three in the Single Survey – a key component of the Home Report.

Here are somethings to consider prior to putting your property on the market.

  • Repair damaged rain water goods
  • Replace loose/broken slates
  • Check flat roofs for damage and leakage
  • Is the property's rendering in good condition?
  • Is your window, door, and eave joinery in good order?
  • Do you have an electrical test certificate?
  • Has your boiler been serviced within the last 12 months?
  • Is the property presentable?

If the property requires a significant amount of upgrading, any purchaser may have money held back from their mortgage to encourage the repair of any defects which affect the market value of the property. This may delay or discourage a prospective purchaser.


Click Above to instruct a Home Report from a qualified RICS Surveyor with extensive local knowledge of your area.


Mortgage Valuation Report

(Scheme 1) Mortgage Lenders

A Mortgage Valuation Report (MVR) is normally instructed by a mortgage lender, to help form their decision on the value of a property for loan purposes. It is important to note that this is a limited inspection and not a survey – only visible defects that have a material effect on value are reported. The sole aim of this restricted inspection is to provide an opinion of market value of the property and advise whether the property is suitable to lend on.

This report should not be relied upon to provide information on the general condition of the property. If you are looking for a more detailed inspection of the property, then you should look at our Homebuyer Survey and Valuation.


Click Above to instruct a Mortgage Valuation Report from a qualified RICS Surveyor with extensive local knowledge of your area.


RICS Homebuyers Survey & Valuation

(Scheme 2) Prospective Buyer

Are you thinking of buying a property?

Do you want extra piece of mind before putting in an offer?

If you require a more detailed inspection which focuses on significant defects and provides advice, this is the report for you.

While this survey is non-intrusive, a Homebuyers Survey and Valuation (Scheme 2) is a more detailed physical inspection and focuses on significant and urgent issues within the property that could affect the market value. You have direct contact with a surveyor and they have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience by providing advice and opinion.

Our surveyors, spanning the length and breadth of Scotland, not only provide a detailed report but are available to discuss any questions you may have on the issues raised in the inspection.

The experience and local knowledge our surveyors provide is vital to aide you in leading negotiations over the property transaction.

 Simply contact your local office for more details.

Building Survey

(Prospective Buyer or Owner)

A building survey provides the most thorough survey report on the condition of the property. Building surveys are particularly useful if you’re buying an older or unusual property, or one that’s in a poor condition. A building survey provides a detailed review of the condition of the property prior to purchasing and it can also provide a planned maintenance programme to ensure maximum performance from the property.

Our residential building surveys are undertaken when a client requires a more detailed, technical and comprehensive inspection to mitigate and manage risk associated with such a large financial commitment. We can also provide an opinion of the property Market Value by liaising with our Registered Valuation Team.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

(Letting your property)

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a property is built, sold or rented.

So while an RdSap EPC is included in our Home Reports when you are selling a property, if you have a property to let, you will need an Energy Performance Certificate which has to be displayed in the property – this is now a legal requirement.

The Energy Performance Certificate report shows the estimated energy use of the property and the energy ratings provide a measure of its overall energy efficiency.

Recommendations are also provided where appropriate to increase the thermal value of the property.