Home Report Penicuik
Home reports are required by law in Scotland when it comes to selling a residential property. They are there to give buyers a solid reckoning of all the important details offering peace of mind for the buyer and the seller alike. With home reports, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regulated surveyor with a deep knowledge of the local area and a nearby office is essential criteria to provide a thorough and rigorous survey. If you’re selling in the Penicuik area, then Shepherds Chartered Surveyors satisfies all criteria to deliver a comprehensive and trusted home report.
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland. We are represented on all major lender’s panels and our knowledge of the market in Penicuik, and wider Midlothian council area is second to none. With many years of experience surveying locations across Scotland and a vast network of offices, we can guarantee an exceedingly high quality of service. You can be sure of speaking to an experienced Royal Institution regulated Chartered Surveyor who can provide you with a quote ahead of any commitment.
Buying in Penicuik
Penicuik, Midlothian, is a commuter town of around 16,000 residents. The town was originally developed as a planned village in the 1770s and then became a burgh in 1867. The town retains a village, countryside feel, despite being less than 10 miles from Edinburgh. Penicuik is quite picturesque with its geographic location along the northern bank of the River Esk, and beneath the southeastern slopes of the Pentland Hills, easily visible from the town. It is well-placed as a gateway to the attractions of the area, those in Edinburgh, the Lothians, and the Borders too. You can see the appeal!
Historically, Penicuik is thought to be where paper making was started 300 years or so ago, and indeed the town was well known for its numerous paper mills for many years until the final paper mill closed in 2004. The town was also home to the Edinburgh Crystal works up until 2006, which produced well-known crystal glass decanters, drinking glasses, bowls, baskets and more.
Today, Penicuik is predominantly a commuter town for residents working in and around Edinburgh. The town has no dedicated train station, but there are several regular bus services, taking roughly 20-25 minutes to reach the city, and by car, there are easy connections to the A702 which allows for travel into central Edinburgh from the south. Residents enjoy the feeling of being tucked away, but still close enough to things.
In terms of amenities and things to do, the town boasts the historic Penicuik House, the shell of an impressive 18th century Palladian mansion. The estate has excellent walks, as does the town in general, and a café open seven days. Penicuik was the site of a prison camp for French prisoners during the Napoleonic wars and are commemorated at the memorial in Valleyfield. There are also sites of ancient forts and castles within easy range of the town. Other attractions in nearby Midlothian are the butterfly farm, Scottish Mining Museum and Rosslyn Chapel which are all worth a visit and within easy reach by car. Beyond sightseeing, a brand-new swimming pool and leisure centre along with a library opened in the last few years. While not in Penicuik proper, Midlothian has the largest dry ski facility in Europe and is situated at Hillend a mere 10 minutes from the town. For walkers and cyclists, the 11.5-mile Penicuik–Dalkeith Walkway passes close by and is an excellent scenic walk along the former Edinburgh to Peebles railway line. Penicuik has a good local restaurant scene, offering a mixture of cuisines from French, Indian, Chinese, Italian, and traditional Scottish cuisine all located within the town centre. There are also the usual variety of local pubs to enjoy.
In terms of education, there are six primary schools in Penicuik, Cuiken Primary, Cornbank St James Primary, Sacred Heart Primary, Strathesk Primary, Glencorse Primary and Mauricewood Primary. There are also two high schools, Penicuik High School and Beeslack High School.
The average price for property in Penicuik stood at £267,713 in January 2023. Though different property types in Penicuik have had different average selling prices over the last 12 months: £400,907 for detached properties, £246,532 for semi-detached, £173,399 for terraced, and £163,820 for flats. However, this average hides quite a range, and it is not uncommon for larger and country house style of properties to sell from £400,000 up to £500,000, and over for exceptional examples in some cases. Likewise, there are developments from Bellway and Cala under construction offering modern family homes starting at £260,000 up to £460,000.
Why Use Shepherds
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland, with origins dating back to the 18th century. Fully regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, we can offer an in-depth knowledge of the Penicuik property market that nobody else can.
If you’re looking for a home report in Penicuik or wider Midlothian localities, you’ll find our Shepherds office located in Dalkeith at 63, St. Andrews Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1BP. The team are ready to handle any and all enquiries when selling in or around the area. We are available at our office to give you a quote at any time. Nobody can offer the same level of local market knowledge as Shepherd, our wealth of experience, proven industry expertise and vast network of offices stand testament to that.
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