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If you’re buying a new build house, a professional snagging survey will provide you with a list of any “snags” to be passed on to the property developer before you move in.
These snags can range from small defects to major faults. Typical smaller issues include cracked tiles or loose door hinges, while larger issues could be structural problems like external brickwork.
Although you can create a new build snagging list yourself, hiring a surveyor is recommended as they’ll have more knowledge of what to look for. The surveyor will provide a thorough report with all issues listed.
Your snagging surveyor will check that the building work doesn’t fall short of warranty standards and meets building regulations. They’ll inspect the exterior and the interior of the home where visible and list any defects found.
As there is no Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) template for the report, they vary. Some reports might be in the form of a list of the defects, while others may include photographic evidence.
You should get a new build snagging survey when building work is almost finished and before your legal completion date. Ideally, you should have the snagging report ready to hand over to the builder when you meet for a demonstration.
The demonstration meeting would be hosted by the builder and usually involves them showing you where the service meters are and how the heating system works.
If you can’t have access to the property earlier than this meeting, then now would be the ideal opportunity for a RICS or RPSA surveyor to assess the property.
The cost of a snagging survey starts at around £300 and can cost as much as £600. The total cost will depend on the size and value of the new build property.
Getting a snagging survey will save you money in the long run as it’ll highlight issues the builder can fix now. This avoids you from having to spend hundreds of pounds on repairs later down the line.
To ensure you’re getting the best price for your snagging survey, it’s important to compare costs from a range of snagging companies. Compare snagging survey quotes with Compare My Move to save up to 70% on your costs.
Although new-build home buyers should be covered by the National House Building Control (NHBC) 10-year warranty, a snagging survey will catch issues before it’s too late.
If you find these issues within the first 2 years of completion, your builder should rectify these under their warranty policy. If defects are found after the 2-year mark, you may be able to make a claim under your NHBC Buildmark policy.
If you discover any issues past the warranty period, you’ll have to pay for the repair work. Having a snagging survey before completion will mean the builder rectifies the problems, not you.
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