Before we explain exactly what house snagging is, we are briefly going to tell you why it is so important that you do know. According to the Guardian, a little over half (51%) of new home owners have reported major issues with their bought residences. Furthermore, consider that the average number of households is projected to increase by 210,000 per year for the next twenty. It starts to become clear that you need the home snagging service now more than ever. So read on…
A snag is a fault or problem that remains after the dust has settled in a newly constructed home. Think of a leaky tap in the bathroom or a missing hinge on a bedroom door. Or perhaps exposed screw heads and appliance wiring. But don’t let this fool you. Remember the ‘major issues’ we mentioned above? While it is less likely, a snag can include larger and more dangerous problems. Cracked window panes, faulty plug sockets, the emergence and spreading of mould; these all constitute as more major snags.
House snagging is the act of us looking for these deficiencies for you. We know precisely what to look for and will create a snagging survey with the results. These can highlight anything that lacks a good standard of workmanship, anything that has not been completed to the agreed specifications, or maybe something that has not been completed at all. But most importantly, a survey could bring to light issues that breach construction regulations and laws. Since 2010 the Ministry of Housing has compiled a set of guidelines that constructors in England must abide by. We won’t run through them all now but a comprehensive list can be found here. What is important is finding out if your property breaches any of them. That is what our home snagging service does.
You might be wondering why you should have to in the first place. After all, it is the duty of your housebuilder to provide in compliance with these regulations. Your home must pass inspections and it comes with a structural warranty from an approved insurance policy provider. However as is always the case, there are exceptions. Stories from frustrated home owners are easy to find and these ‘exceptions’ occur more often than you may think.
So who should use a home snagging service? The simple answer is anyone who is about to purchase a newly constructed house. You could be on the very first step of the property ladder, or alternatively an experienced buyer on your third or fourth residency, or perhaps an aspiring land lord and property developer. Regardless of your position, it is always recommended that you hire a professional snagging company. In 2016, the National House Building Council paid out a massive £84.8m in claims. This figure rose to £94.6m in 2017. Suffice it to say, costly snags are becoming increasingly common and most buyers are affected
Deciding when to hire a professional home snagging body can be a tricky one. Ideally this should be done after the building is complete but before you sign any sort of contract. However legally, the housebuilder can refuse both you and us access until you have done so. If you have signed a contract, the building company is legally obliged to fix any snags as per the property warrantee. Be mindful though that after your dealings are complete, they may be less inclined to entertain your requests. A home before furniture naturally allows for a far more effective snagging survey as well. Plus, we both know that you don’t want us poking around your expensive furnishings.