Inspection Areas: Windows l Ceilings l Walls l Any wall tiling l Kitchen fittings l Bathroom fittings l Pipes l Radiators. Fireplaces l Doors & frames l Staircases l Appliances l Loft area l Flooring l General woodwork l Skirting boards & architraves. Brickwork l External pipes l Outside drainage l External paintwork l Walls l Fences & gates l Drives & pathways.
A snag is a small defect or problem that remains in your property after the building work has been completed. It is typically something that is damaged or broken, not fitted properly or looks unfinished - think a scratch on a window or a missing hinge on a door. Most are cosmetic - however more serious defects can arise such as major cracks and kitchen fixtures that are not fitted properly.
A snagging list, also known as a snag list, is a list of defects in a new build property. They are the result of a visual inspection of a new home carried out by a qualified professional, or a new home buyer. A variety of professionals are qualified to carry out snagging inspections, including chartered surveyors and experienced construction industry professionals. They are known in the trade as snaggers.
It is advisable to get a professional to create your snagging list as they will find more defects than a layperson and the house builder is not obliged to inform you about the defects that they are aware of. It is a case of buyer beware.
You can complete a snag list, anyone could take a look at a new build home prior to purchase. However, only a specialist company could use the knowledge, experience, equipment and tools to ensure your home is professionally inspected and looked at all parts of the property to ensure you are getting exactly what you paid for.
This depends on the size and the level of quality of the property. The average number of defects picked up both minor and major ranges from an average of 100 - 200 snags for a standard 3 bedrooms property. It could be as little as 50 and as much as 300+.
Ideally, Snag List shall be completed prior to legal completion. This allows the developer to complete works detailed on the report before you move in. Some developers do not allow access to the property prior to completion. In this case, we recommend having the inspection completed just after your completion.
Until you have completed, in legal terms, the property still belongs to the developer and they may try to deny access to our snagging inspector. However, you have a legal interest in the property and for this reason your solicitor will be able to arrange access if the builder is being difficult. In recent years this has not been a major issues as most developers are used to dealing with us and the HBF ( Home Builders Federation ) has published a voluntary code, Customer Service Code of Conduct, which states:
15. The home builder will co-operate with appropriately qualified professional advisers appointed by the customer to resolve disputes, if they arise.