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Whether you are about to move or to purchase a new build home, an independent inspector can provide a Snagging Survey so you will be reassured that your property is at the required standard and there are no breaches of building regulations.

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Snagging surveys are there to spot problems with a new build property, even are small and cosmetic defects or even are more significant than that, such as structural problems.

A new-build snagging survey is a visual inspection to check the quality of workmanship against Building Regulations and Standards. A good snagging inspector will check any visible aspect of the structure covering the exterior and interior of the property.

A snag report would be produced listing the work needed to bring the project to an acceptable level of completion, highlighting the gravity of the issues.

When is a Snagging Survey suitable?

A professional snagging survey is suitable for anyone buying a brand new house or apartment and should be carried out before your exchange contract with the developer.

Sometimes, developers will not allow snagging inspectors to be done before completion. If this is the case, you should book the snagging survey as soon as possible after you’ve moved in, preferably before the end of the first year (sometimes the first two years). 

If it is done earlier and reported to your house builder your developer should remedy any highlighted defects in the snag list (if you are still covered by warranty).

You can do the snagging list yourself, but you are likely to miss some things, especially if you do not have a broad knowledge of Building Regulations or Standards. Also, an independent snagging survey will add weight to your complaints if you have found your developer is not as responsive as it should be.

Is Snagging Inspection really necessary?

Many experts champion the importance of hiring a professional snagging company when you buy a new house, especially that the builders and developers are under pressure to complete every house quickly.

In the last couple of years, more and more homeowners complain about the bad workmanship and the range of defects found after they’ve moved into their “perfect dream house”. 

The level of defect in new build properties can be pretty shocking. For example, Shelter Survey has found that 51% of new build homes have major faults and on a BBC Radio 5 story a brand new house had 354 defects.

What will a Snag List include?

A snagging report will help you:

  • Highlight any breaches of building codes or any other statutory requirements
  • Highlight any issues in the property that fall short of the warranty standard
  • Identify works which are still outstanding
  • Identify where traditional practice and custom within the industry have not been met
  • Provide guidance on any outstanding issues requiring remedial action

How much will a Snagging Survey cost?

Depending on the size of the new build property, a snagging survey will cost between £300 and £600. Given that most house building in the UK costs thousands of pounds, spending a little extra money is a worthwhile investment to ensure that your new home is at the required standard and ready for you.

How long will it take to get your Snag List?

The snagging report will normally be issued within 2 or 3 working days of the inspection depending on property size. Normally, once this process has begun the Building Surveyor or New Build Inspector will provide any necessary support and advice.

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