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Written by Bradley Mackenzie

The quality of a new build property, extensions & refurbishment even in the more luxurious range of housing, has come under a lot of criticism in recent years.

Increasingly poor-quality workmanship and quality control, or lack of, contributes to that.

Therefore, more often than not, buyers and homeowners need to seek out professional advice and request an independent assessment before purchasing a new home, by conducting a Snagging List Survey and Report.

How a Snagging List Undertaken?

The snagging list starts with the appointed surveyor making a visit to the new build property, extensions, or refurbishment for a detailed inspection and recording all the issues and defects, known as snags.

These tend to occur during the building construction process and include anything from small unfinished jobs to more major issues such as a misaligned door or a dripping tap.

Attention to Detail!

If the property is a new build, the purchase of a property cannot be refunded on the grounds of fault as it is exempt from the Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994. And while a small snag or collection of those is unlikely to push a purchaser towards walking away from the sale, developers will take note and in almost all cases, rectify the defects.

For those who are undertaking extensions & refurbishment, there will usually be a small retention sum on the account again giving the contractor an incentive to rectify.

Importance of the Snagging List

Newly built properties or converted homes are usually covered by Buildmark with extensive warranties. Buildmark is an insurance policy provided by the National Housing Building Council (NHBC) and it covers the owner or purchaser from the moment the contracts are exchanged and making reparation of snags fairly straightforward. This cover can last up to a maximum period of 10 years after the legal completion date.

One important note to bear in mind about the 10-year Buildmark warranty is that a comprehensive developer liability for repair is only set up for the first two years in most cases.

For the 8 years after that, the warranty is only insurance protection against structural defects.

It would, therefore, be wise to carry out another snagging inspection before the initial 2 years warranty runs out because some defects that are not so visible to the eyes can manifest themselves into more severe damages after a while.

A professional report of a snagging list can help homebuyers or homeowners in dealing with a developer or contractor without being taken advantage of due to a lack of knowledge, or simply because they’re not aware of the snag! It also places a surveyor at the helm ensuring the developer or contractor doesn’t wriggle out of the repair. As I am sure you can appreciate developers and contractors tend to be pretty good at this!

If you’d like to discuss Snagging Lists with us, please free to get in touch with us now. You can also see a couple of properties we’ve previously snagged here, here and here!

Thanks for reading!