While many people expect a new-build property to be in pristine condition, there are some issues that arise. In fact, teething problems and minor issues are such a common feature of new homes that it is recommended that a snagging survey takes place. Whether you are a homeowner looking forward to settling into your property or the developer looking to minimise problems and complaints, snagging surveys offer a complete range of benefits.
A snagging survey is a survey that is used for new-build properties and it highlights any defects with the home. Although most of the problems are likely to be minor issues, such as bad finishing, a snagging survey will also highly any major problems if they exist.
Carry out a snagging survey as soon as possible
Ideally, the prospective buyer should arrange for a snagging survey to be carried out before they buy the property, but this isn’t always possible, so it should be carried out as quickly as possible. Although there is a two-year period for property buyers to have any issues or defects repaired by the developer, at no cost, the homeowner will want their home to be at its best as soon as possible.
There is also the fact that it is best to have repair work carried out and completed before any decorating work is carried out in the property.
The snagging survey isn’t too different from a standard survey, although the surveyor will have a different focus. The survey examines new fixtures and fittings and it will closely examine building defects for installation issues as opposed to problems that have occurred over time. However, all surveys are focused on looking out for problems and this is the key focus of a snagging survey.
Find the snagging survey that offers you value for money
Given that the cost of a snagging survey depends on the size and layout of the property, it isn’t possible to state how much you should pay for a survey. As a starting point, many people have found the cost runs between £300 and £600, but every individual or firm has their own idea of what represents value for money, so consider the reputation of the surveyor and what they promise to consider.
While it is possible for buyers to carry out their own snagging survey, this is a specialist area and one that is best left to the experts. Many of the common issues detailed in a snagging survey are hard to spot if you have no experience in the manner or have an understanding of what you are looking for.
Given the importance of the snagging survey and resolving problems as quickly as possible, it is best to leave it to the experts to carry out this work.
If you have moved into a new home recently but haven’t had a snagging survey carried out, there is still time. As stated above, there is a two-year period after moving in where defects should be repaired by the developer.
There is also the fact that if structural problems are a concern and it has been more than two years since you purchased the property, the NHBC, National House Building Council, warranty covers you for up to 10 years.
If you are interested in having a snagging survey carried out, contact H.I.C.H. LTD and we will be happy to help.