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What's a snagging survey for?

A snagging survey is carried out to spot problems with your new build home. These may be small and cosmetic, to significant and structural. A snagging survey is a visual survey to check the quality of workmanship against applicable standards. A good snagging inspector should check every aspect of the property that is visible, covering both the interior and the exterior of the property as well as garden, driveway and garage, if relevant.

When should I get a snagging survey?

The ideal time to get a professional snagging survey done is before you exchange contracts with the developer. However, many developers will not allow snagging inspections to be done before completion. If this is the case with your developer, you should book in the snagging survey as soon as possible after you have moved in.

You can of course have a snagging survey done at any time once you have moved in, but make sure you get one done early and well before the end of the first two years, and reported to your house builder to remedy issues highlighted in the survey. You can also create a snagging list yourself but you are unlikely to spot the range of things a professional snagging inspector will identify. An independent snagging survey will also add weight to your complaints if you have found your developer to be unresponsive to your calls for action.

What’s the process of getting a snagging survey?

Our Client will contact the developer and arrange a convenient time for our visit to inspect the property. We will confirm the inspection time with our Client and attend the property and carry out our Snagging Survey. Generally we will need 5-8 hours to carry out our inspection. We will then write up a survey report and email it to you and, if requested by you, we will email a copy to the developer to speed up the repair process. Once the developer has received the survey results they will be encouraged to rectify the problems within an agreed time period.

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