What to check for during your snagging list

May 2016

Most of the hard work and waiting is over once you’re ready to do your snagging list or preview of your brand new home.

You can often be caught up in the excitement of it nearly being ready to move in to but this is one of the most important times in your home buying process as you need to make sure you pick up on anything that isn’t the way it should be before you complete.

Developers normally give you time once you have moved in to your new home to identify any problems but if you follow our tips in this blog you'll be able to spot any problems that can be fixed before you move in. 

We’ve compiled this handy blog full of tips that you should consider whilst you’re carrying out your snagging list.

So, what is a snagging list?

A snagging list is a fully comprehensive list of items that a builder has not completed correctly and defective work to be repaired, to complete the property to Building Regulations standard. On completion and submission of the list, the builder needs to attend to the required works prior to closing of the sale.

Even though snagging lists is an unregulated area, it is incredibly important that you too have a responsibility to get it right. The biggest problem buyers have with snagging lists is that they don’t understand what the snagging list is and then get annoyed when their home isn’t finished right the first time.

A snag is simply a defect or a jagged edge. Doing your snag list is an opportunity to confirm that the work is completed as agreed in the contract, and to ensure that the finished quality is satisfactory. Snagging is generally understood to cover cosmetic items such as paint splashes, incorrectly hung doors and leaks.

So, lets get started on what you should look for.

The first thing you should do when you arrive at your new home is to turn the heating on because it takes a while to work. Once the heating has turned on properly, you can check your radiators and whilst you’re doing the check you can see how the heating affects the doors.

You should also keep an eye out for any leaks that are starting to appear as this can cause problems in the long term.

You should make sure you check everything properly in the kitchen. Turn on the oven and check that the microwave works. Turn on the hob to make sure it’s all hooked up properly and don’t forget to see if the extractor fan works.

Also, flush all the toilets, run your showers, bath, sinks and check you can access the stop cock. Another simple thing to do is bring a hairdryer to see if the sockets are working properly.

This is the final transition between you and the builder before the handover of a huge amount of money, so make sure you do it right. You will have a specified time to complete the snag list but after this it becomes a lot more difficult for a builder to keep coming back over cosmetic details.

Top Tips

- Don’t feel pressured by the builder in to carrying out a snagging list prior to the completion of the works.
- If you are unsure if a snag is a genuine one, always mark it as a snag. It won’t hurt to be cautious and if it isn’t a real snag then it just won’t be repaired.
- Be thorough and take your time. Make sure you don’t rush no matter how long it takes; but remember, some things will take time to show up as a snag, just make sure you report them as you find them.
- Always be confident to request access to areas such as loft space to make sure everything looks okay.