After a new-build property has been purchased, a period of snagging ensues. Put simply, this refers to any issues which may arise after the builders have left, such as chipped paintwork, a loose door handle or a faulty hinge. If anything isn’t up to standard, then this is the time to flag it up with the housebuilder.
Although generally speaking snagging refers to minor defects caused by poor workmanship, it also covers anything promised in the contract but not present, ranging from cosmetic accessories, such as mirrors and blinds, to fixtures and fittings.
The purpose of snagging is to ensure that the property is of a certain standard for the purchaser and usually a new homeowner has a year to raise any issues.The reason there is such a long time frame is that new-build properties need time to settle. It would be very difficult for a builder or a decorator to foresee any issues that may crop up later down the line, so the snagging agreement means that purchasers aren’t left facing a succession of issues over the course of their first few months in the property.
When conducting a snagging check it is advisable to use sticky notes and a camera so you can mark out and have evidence of any issues. If the property is ready between exchange and completion, this is the optimum time to make an inventory of any issues before furniture gets in the way.
In short, snagging acts as a guarantee for both the buyer and helps to avoid expensive repair costs for new owners.