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Snagging List
Your builder will be expecting you to have a snag list and will be quite relieved if you don't.

A snagging list, also known as a snag list, is a list of defects in a new build property. They are the result of a visual inspection of a new home carried out by a qualified professional, or maybe the new home buyer. A variety of professionals are qualified to carry out snagging inspections, including chartered surveyors and experienced construction industry professionals. They are known in the building trade as snaggers.

It is advisable to get a professional to create your snagging lists as they will find more defects than you may and the house builder is not obliged to inform you about the defects that they are aware of. It is case of buyer beware?
Snagging


These days the word snagging is more often used to describe just the finding and listing of the snag list. Snagging is making a snag list and is the building industry term for the process of finding and fixing all those niggling little things that go wrong during the building process. Issues always occur with every property built and the best builders will always include a snagging process to catch these items and fix them. Unfortunately even the finest builders don't seem to get it right, and this seems to be a problem that is growing.
Is Snagging a Good Investememt


Whether you are buying the property to live in or as an investment you should always make a list of snagging defects in your new home before you exchange. As a first time buyer, think about the possible consequences for your investment.

If you think about it, when you consider what you have spent buying your new home, a few hundred Euro for a professional snag list is a very small price to pay to make ensure everything is in order.

f you are a having property built holding back a retention until all snagging defects are complete is a great incentive for your developer to finish your home to a very high standard always have this written in to your contract.

It is always worth getting a snag list drawn up for any new property whether it's the last one built in the development or the first. To often the first house particularly the show house which may have been built in a rush and then patched up quickly for use by the developer or builder.

The last house one of course, is likely to suffer an extreme version of ‘the Monday Morning' syndrome. All the best contractors may have already on the next building site. Everyone else can be in a rush to finish the project leave and anyone on site either skilled or not will be pressed into service.
DIY Snag List


However you can do the snag list yourself never be afraid to include the smallest defect on your list you builder will be expecting it and it's often the small items that will not be easy to do anything about if you leave it too long.

When starting your check list, start like the professionals by go room by room though the entire property. It is vital you listing down every aspect of the property taking notes of major problems such as water leaks, plastering and insulation. The smaller details like crooked sockets and absents of instruction manuals for the central heating systems and the shower all require listing.
Top Defects


External brickwork with missing air vents and requiring brick acid wash

Ceramic tiling and bathroom tiling grouting incomplete

Loft insulation incomplete and not laid correctly

Extractor fans venting into roof and ceiling voids

Architraves and skirting boards require repair

Plasterwork patching and redecoration

Pipe-work not lagged in roof void areas

Defective or scratched glazing

Block-work not fully pointed

Broken and cracked roof tiles
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