Although most snags tend to be minor and cosmetic, if left alone, cosmetic issues like chips in brickwork and uneven grouting can reduce the structural integrity of a wall. Some of our team of inspectors have also found major snags, which would have failed building regulations.
The main question is, do you feel confident in writing the snagging list yourself?
The best practice is to hire a professional to perform the snagging survey for you as they will have the best knowledge of how to inspect the property and what to look for. However, you can view the property and compile a list of snags yourself, or send someone to do so on your behalf. If you do it yourself, you should also remember to take pictures of any issues you find to support your list.
Regardless of who performs the inspection, these are the things that you should make sure they are looking out for when making the snagging list. This picture has two major snags, which would breach building regulations! The waste pipe finishes without a dergo vent inside the attic and the extractor fan exhaust from the bathroom is not connected; meaning moist steamy air will be pumped into the space which would lead to serious damp and mould issues.
There are a lot of things to consider when looking at the “roof over your head” and it is probably the most important area to inspect for a snagging list. From your basic tiling and eaves to your chimney, skylight, soffits, eaves, ridges, hips and gutters, you need be sure to spot all the snags you can.
Your tiling should be inspected for any loose or damaged tiles that may have happened as a result of them being installed in a hurry. Even small cracks in tiles can cause problems in the future, so it’s worth making sure they are all straight and undamaged. Damaged tiles is one of the most common snags that our team find, which is why we offer an upgrade to include a drone survey which gives them a much better view of the components of the roof.
Fences and Gates
Wonky Tiles and Misaligned Guttering
These tiles are not fitted properly and neither is the guttering.
Thermal Image Snag of a Very Draughty Window
This is going to make the room very cold as the window has not been fitted properly.
Interior Fixtures & Fittings
Insulation and heating
It is unlikely that you will find snags that aren’t minor or cosmetic issues when you inspect your home, but it is important to check everything to be on the safe side. Though rare, it does happen that builders or construction companies will forget something or not install something properly, and if that happens with your home, it’s better to know as soon as possible before you are out of your warrantee period. Before you are having to deal with the problem. Being thorough with your snagging survey is the best way to feel confident come completion day!
Do remember, if issues persist after completion, your house will still be under warranty which should help you to avoid having to pay for the cost of getting the builders back to fix it.
- Thermal image analysis (optional extra)
- Drone inspection (optional extra)
- Internal Joinery, Woodwork, Ironmongery
- Plastering, Dry Lining, Paintwork Finish
- Application of Sealants, Mastic
- Ceramics, Sanitaryware, Showers and Screens
- Plumbing, Heating and Hot Water Systems
- Electrical Outlets, Switches, Lights and Consumer Units
- Kitchen Appliances, Kitchen Installation, Worktops
- Windows, Glazing, Locks, Cills and Extraction Connections
- Boundaries, Walls, Fencing And Gates
- Soft Landscaping, Turf, Slabs and Retaining Elements
- Driveways, Footpaths Access and Egress
- Brickwork, Masonry, Render, Mortar and Openings
- Guttering, Downpipes and Boiler Outlets
- External Application of Sealants, Mastic
- uPVC Windows and Doors
- Garages, Brickwork, Doors and Slab
- Meter Boxes, Manholes, Inspection Chambers
- Porches, Bays and Canopy
- Roof Tiles, Ridge Tiles, Verge, Eves, Fascia, Soffits and Rafter
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add new snags to my snagging list?
Generally speaking the answer is no but this would depend on your property developer. This is why it is important to make sure you get a detailed and through snagging survey completed first time. A snagging list that is never ending is a head ache and expensive for a developer. They also want to avoid owners adding snags that is damage they have caused. Often building developers will have a policy that you can only submit one snagging list and you can’t add to that list once it is submitted. However, major faults will be covered by new build warranties for up to ten years.
What should I include on my snagging checklist?
- For windows – has all paintwork been finished off, including undersides of sills?
- Is the framework on windows and doors free from damage?
- Is glazing throughout the property free from scratches, paint splashes and cracks?
- Are all sanitary fittings undamaged and clean?
- Are all kitchen units and worktops free from damage?
- Are the doors of cupboards hung correctly?
- Is any floor tiling complete, especially around cupboards, fittings and doorways?
- Is any sheet flooring flat and free from curling edges and bubbling?
- Is the skirting woodwork and paintwork undamaged and free from defects?
- Does the gradient and access of the drive/path allow for clear access?
- Has a top coat been applied to all external painted surfaces; and is the finish to a satisfactory standard?