The goal of a Snagging Survey, also known as a Snagging List, is to pick up everything from minor issues such as a door not shutting properly right through to major structural problems.
Snagging lists are the result of a snagging survey and are used to identify any defects or repairs that need to be made to a new build property or a property following refurbishment work. Most commonly used for new build properties, snagging surveys are should be carried out between building work being finished and your legal completion date.
During a snagging survey the property is inspected internally and externally covering details such as walls, roof, gutters, downpipe, doors, windows, fixtures, fittings, showers, baths, skirting, walls, ceilings and joinery. After the survey, our surveyors will then complete a snagging list of any repairs that need to be made which will then be passed over to the developer of the property. Once the repairs have been carried out a second inspection will be conducted to confirm that the repairs have been carried out to a satisfactory standard.
At Samuels Surveyors we can undertake all types of snagging surveys for new build and existing properties. While most developers will allow a snagging inspection to be carried out prior to completion some developers won’t. Technically a snagging survey can be carried out at any time during the first two years of living in a new build property but we’d always recommend that this is completed as soon as possible after moving in.
As some defects may take time to appear during the first two years of owning a new build any defects should be noted down on a snagging list and provided to your developer during this period.