Buying a new house is a big process. There are many different items to look at, from finding a home to acquiring financing. Unfortunately, the list seems to continue to pile up, as your financing option asks for a lot of paperwork, and you’re searching for a home that checks off everything on your dream home buying list. A snagging inspection is one of these things.

Then you’re deciding if you want to purchase an existing home or a new build. All of this while trying to handle your day job.

With this new element that’s in play, purchasing a home, as you start to approach the finish line, you begin to see yourself making more and more concessions.

You want the process to be finished and simply want to start living in that new home. Yet this is one of the most important times of home purchasing. This is because there are a lot of items that can be missed, especially during the Snagging inspection.

What is Snagging?

A snag is when there’s still a remaining defect in the home. This can be a cosmetic issue, such as a scratch on the floor or a loose or broken door handle. But don’t just think that all snags are harmless. They could be a surface-level indication of a much more severe problem.

For example, those cracks you see today could eventually weaken to the point where the foundation or frame of the home can be in jeopardy. Or there could be other components such as loose bathroom fixtures and piping. They can easily fix these but can cause damage if they don’t inspect and handle them quickly.

These issues can occur with new home builds and not be seen at first because these homes haven’t been lived in yet. That means there’s no telling how things will be working or handle people living in the new build home versus in more lived in houses.

In addition, as they are building new builds more efficiently, there may be times when you rush certain aspects to hit the ever-increasing deadlines.

What can be done before the snagging inspection?

When you’re looking for a new build for your future home, you should expect that everything is brand new without any issues. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the scenario, and you need to have some form of a recent build inspection. The best starting point is to create a snag list.

This snag list lets you know what exactly you need to fix. You may think that you should consider getting this done yourself. However, you should have a professional to handle this. You can do this through a snagging inspection that will take a holistic approach to the entire apartment or home you’re buying. This snagging inspection can help save a lot of energy and resources and ensure you miss nothing.

A professional handling the snagging survey knows precisely what to look for and can help to assess what types of repairs you may need. In addition, they can help to procure a snag list. This will be given to the home building contractor so that they may conduct the repairs promptly.

When should I make this snag list for a snagging inspection?

Ideally, the best time to make this snag list is when the new build has completion. You should handle this new build inspection before moving in. It should also be a prerequisite when moving into a new place. However, sometimes the homeowners won’t allow those terms since they technically can claim they own the property.

Don’t let that deter you, and you should take your time with this. You might be at the final stage of your homeownership but make that snag list before moving in!

If you wait to do a snagging inspection after you’ve moved in, that’s where the challenge begins. This is because it’s your world against the home builder. They can always assume that you did the damage after the fact. No home builder would admit to subpar work, so have your snagging survey and snag list done asap.

You still have a window of time

Don’t worry about it, but understand that you have about two years to get all the defects into your snag list. You must submit and claim on any fittings and fixtures, cosmetic fixes, or other work which has cover within that two-year window. If these issues lead to significant structural damage, there’s a ten-year window on that.

Yet again – there’s no need to wait that long because the longer you live there, the more complex the claim becomes. This is rightly so because a lot can happen within that two-year window.

Are there fees associated with a snagger?

There are, but they are well worth it. A snagging inspection pricing varies solely on the size of the property. Houses will start at higher rates than apartments. Also, our snagging inspection at Snag My New Home can start as early as the next day. We can get in there and get your snag list ready to go as soon as you decide to work with us.

Remember that our pricing is all-inclusive. We go a bit beyond checking every nook and cranny during our snagging inspection to catch every crack, scratch and broken fixture. Instead, we actually utilise a systemic approach to ensure that we cover everything and you can feel confident that we didn’t miss a thing.

We also use thermal imaging to go beyond what our eyes can see usually. This technology helps to see if more significant issues are lurking. For example, we make sure to spot the problems with the piping and heating or water flows. These can lead to damp homes and infrastructure breakage.

Thermal imaging also helps see how sealed and secure your windows and doors are. Is there an unnatural draft coming in due to misaligned construction?

The cost of a snagging survey can save you several thousands of pounds worth of repairs that may not show themselves even after a couple of years when the burden of repairs falls under you as the homeowner.


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