If you’re buying a brand-new home, you’ll expect to find it in perfect condition when you move in. Unfortunately, even the most respected property developers can leave a new-build home with snags, which may range from small and cosmetic problems to more significant defects.

A New-Build Snagging Inspection is a detailed assessment that should be conducted by a professional building surveyor to check the quality of workmanship in your new home against the appropriate building standards.

Find out more about what a New-Build Snagging Inspection entails and then contact Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors to talk about commissioning an expert, independent snagging survey for your new home.

An expert, independent snagging survey will help make your move less stressful

Buying a new home can be an exhausting process, but there are steps you can take to make it as seamless and stress free as possible. 

What is a New-Build Snagging List?

A New-Build Snagging List will check for any problems, from doors and windows that don’t close properly, minor cracks in walls to more serious issues with kitchens, bathrooms or the structure of the property.

You can have an independent snagging survey carried out during the first two years after you’ve moved into your new home and your developer must repair any defects you report within that time. By far the best time to commission a professional New-Build Snagging Inspection is before you exchange contracts, so your developer has plenty of time to put things right before you move in

Do I need a snagging list?

A new-build home should be completely-problem free, but some of the best new homes can come with snags that can be frustrating to live with and costly to repair. The latest satisfaction surveys prepared by the Home Builders Federation have shown that 99% of new build homeowners had to report ‘snags’ or ‘defects’ to their builder after moving in.

If you’re buying a new-build home and want to find out more about a New-Build Snagging Inspection, talk to Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors and we’ll give you all the information and support you need to make your move easier.

  • A survey to identify and report problems on new-build properties
  • Covers minor defects to more significant structural problems
  • Your developer must put any defects right within two years of completion 
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Do I have to have a New Build Snagging Survey?

It is not a legal requirement to have a survey, but we would always advice a prospective purchaser to instruct a professional chartered surveyor to carry out a New Build Snagging List before purchasing a new build property. Snagging survey is a careful, detailed check of your newly built property to identify defects in the build.

When’s the best time to make a snagging list?

The best time to have a snagging survey done is the period between building work being completed and your legal completion date. This will allow the developer to fix any snags before you move in. However, this is not always possible as housebuilders can refuse to give access to the property before completion, which they are legally allowed to do because they still own the land.

Who pays for the New Build Snagging Survey?

In most cases the homebuyer has to pay for it but you could try to pass on the cost on to your housebuilder by adding it to your purchase contract.

How long does Snagging Survey take to complete?

The length of snagging inspection depends on the size of your property and the quality of the build. To give you an idea, the average time to complete an inspection of a 4-bed house is 4-5 hours, while a 2-bedroom apartment will typically take around 2-3 hours.

I’m about to buy a new-build property, but there are so many problems – how I do deal with them?

If you’re buying a new-build home, there are often snags, or defects, that will need to be put right by the developer. A New-Build Snagging Inspection will give you a detailed report that you can give your developer to get all snags fixed before you move in if you commission the inspection early. Read more about Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors’ New-Build Snagging Inspections here.

Are snagging surveys worth the investment?

Absolutely, snagging surveys are worth the money. While it can be great to move into a brand new property, people who buy new builds often encounter problems, including unexpected defects with the property and teething issues with the infrastructure and utilities. This can turn the dream of a new home into a rather stressful experience. Use a chartered surveyor for ultimate peace of mind.

What are the typical issues found by a Snagging Survey?

Common issues identified by New Build Snagging Surveys include cracks on the walls and ceilings, scratched or chipped surfaces, poor finishes such as messy paintwork and plaster, ill-fitting doors, windows and skirting boards (such as doors that don’t close properly), poorly installed or missing fixtures, damaged roof tiles, issues with external brickwork and inadequate ventilation.

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t: 01962 880426