When buying a new property, creating a snagging list can save homeowners money, time, and headaches. We’ve put together everything you need to know. Buying a new home is a big investment, so it makes sense that homeowners or prospective buyers want to protect that investment, for now and for years to come. One way to do that is with a ‘snagging list’, which highlights any issues in a new build home that need fixing. It can make the process of buying and owning a property that much smoother. If you’re considering making a snagging list, we’ve put together all the essentials you need to know.
A snagging list is effectively a checklist of issues or defects, found during an inspection of a new build home. Although you don’t need to get one, it’s a good idea to.
The snagging list can cover anything from minor cosmetic issues to more serious structural problems. Once the list is complete, the builder will fix the issues so that the property is in top condition. The person creating the snagging list should check all aspects of the property, including:
• Windows and doors: Making sure they are all fitted with working hinges, locks, and no gaps
• The roof: Looking out for any tiles that are cracked or loose
• Electrics: Checking all plug sockets are fitted correctly and are working as they should
• Insulation and heating: Testing out the heating to make sure all the radiators are working, and checking there is sufficient insulation - particularly in the loft
• Plumbing: Checking every tap, shower and toilet is working
• Interior and exterior cosmetics: Looking at the brickwork, paintwork, skirting boards, carpets and floorboards
A comprehensive snagging list will uncover all potential issues that might not be apparent during a quick walk-through of the property. Spotting these issues before moving in can save homeowners money, time, and headaches. It offers peace of mind with the assurance that a property is safe and in perfect condition.
Usually, a chartered surveyor will carry out the home inspection and put together the snagging list. They’ll have a strong knowledge of building regulations and the expertise to spot issues that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Because there’s so much to think about when buying a new home, most people would prefer to bring in an expert.
But to save on costs, some homeowners or prospective buyers may choose to create the snagging list themselves instead. It’s important to do some research beforehand however, and have confidence in finding faults. Otherwise, if issues are missed, it could prove to be more expensive in the long run.
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Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication ( 2023). Guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. For the most up to date Premier Guarantee technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the Premier Guarantee Technical Manual.