What is a Snagging Survey?
A Snagging Survey is designed for new-build homes as a way of checking for any possible problems.
Snagging Surveys are best completed during the period between when building work is completed on the building and your legal completion time. This is so that the developer has time to fix any ‘snags’ that there might be.
Some developers, however, do not allow for snagging inspections to take place before legal completion and in some cases deny all access. If this is the case with your purchase, then you conveyancer may be able to intervene with the developer and arrange access by invoking your legal interest in the property.
If this is the case, then you should arrange for the Snagging Report to be done as soon as you can after you have moved into the property. At this point the developer is likely to still be on site building the other houses on the development. Generally, you will have more leverage with them at this point than you will if you wait.
A Snagging report can be completed at any point within the first two years of living in a new-build home, and the developer may repair any defects detected in this time. It is likely though that it may take a little longer.
What is included in a Snagging Survey?
Unlike traditional surveys, snagging inspections should pick up everything from minor issues such as doors not closing to serious structural issues.
The most common issues found when completing a snagging survey tends to be plastering, tiling, skirting board, and external brickwork issues.
We are able to send our report straight from the surveyor to the developers which increases the likelihood of any issues being fixed and should remove some of the stress out of the process. You will also get a copy of the completed survey report.