Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • laurajane6486
    • By laurajane6486 15th Oct 16, 8:22 PM
    • 30Posts
    • 5Thanks
    laurajane6486
    Snagging survey on a new build
    • #1
    • 15th Oct 16, 8:22 PM
    Snagging survey on a new build 15th Oct 16 at 8:22 PM
    Hi all,

    I will complete on a new build purchase (ftb) on the 28th. From everything I had previously read I was planning to have a snagging survey done. In the past few days I have phoned a couple of local snagging surveyors I found online (couldn't get any personal recommendations) and their opinion seems to be they're not really necessary?! Now I'm confused! They both said that they weren't worth it unless I had found snags and was having trouble getting the builders to rectify the snags? Both said they would be happy to do it if I insisted but they didn't want me to waste my money on something unnecessary. Which seemed nice of them as they could have just taken my money. Or am I being naive?

    So now I don't know what to do. They're the only local snagging surveyors where I live. Are there any national or regional (West Midlands/Shropshire) anyone could recommend? Should I definitely be having one done or should I do my own snagging? I must say Keepmoat have been excellent so far. I've been visiting the house weekly for the past few weeks and they've already been quick to rectify anything I've picked up on.

    Any opions much appreciated!
Page 1
    • Chanes
    • By Chanes 15th Oct 16, 10:40 PM
    • 845 Posts
    • 524 Thanks
    Chanes
    • #2
    • 15th Oct 16, 10:40 PM
    • #2
    • 15th Oct 16, 10:40 PM
    It's unusual for people to turn down work could it be they're actually right? I always thought a snagging specialist was money well spent on buying a new house because they are trained to see the detail.

    For peace of mind and the price (when compared to the total the house costs you) I think I would still want it reviewed by a surveyors eyes.
    • SuzieSue
    • By SuzieSue 16th Oct 16, 11:40 AM
    • 3,703 Posts
    • 3,985 Thanks
    SuzieSue
    • #3
    • 16th Oct 16, 11:40 AM
    • #3
    • 16th Oct 16, 11:40 AM
    If they are really snagging surveyors then how on earth do they stay in business if they don't do any snagging surveys?

    If I was buying a new build now I would definitely get a snagging survey done because house building standards are so variable and the quality of the build often just depends on how good the site manager is.
    • OneYorkshireLass
    • By OneYorkshireLass 16th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    • 2,935 Posts
    • 43,939 Thanks
    OneYorkshireLass
    • #4
    • 16th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    • #4
    • 16th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    here's a DIY one


    http://www.landlordexpert.co.uk/documents/Free_Snagging_Kit.pdf
    #TeamCarter
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 16th Oct 16, 4:09 PM
    • 7,201 Posts
    • 5,604 Thanks
    daveyjp
    • #5
    • 16th Oct 16, 4:09 PM
    • #5
    • 16th Oct 16, 4:09 PM
    If they are really snagging surveyors then how on earth do they stay in business if they don't do any snagging surveys?

    If I was buying a new build now I would definitely get a snagging survey done because house building standards are so variable and the quality of the build often just depends on how good the site manager is.
    Originally posted by SuzieSue
    Snagging surveyors make money from snagging large developments of offices, factories, or flats and housing developments prior to handover.

    There's no money in doing them for single houses.
    • SuzieSue
    • By SuzieSue 16th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
    • 3,703 Posts
    • 3,985 Thanks
    SuzieSue
    • #6
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
    • #6
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
    Snagging surveyors make money from snagging large developments of offices, factories, or flats and housing developments prior to handover.

    There's no money in doing them for single houses.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    Thanks, then the OP needs to contact companies that specialise in doing one-off houses. There have been tv programs in the past where employees from such companies have surveyed new builds so I assume they still exist.
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 16th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
    • 251 Posts
    • 197 Thanks
    ComicGeek
    • #7
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
    • #7
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
    Now that the ceilings are closed up, walls plasterboard, decorated etc, a lot of issues could be covered up. Really useful snagging should be carried at key stages during the build, but always difficult to get access from house builders as they know this as well.

    Use a DIY checklist, and take your time to look through absolutely everything - best to do it before you move anything in if you can, otherwise can be easy to miss things. Take photos of any issues.
    • lush walrus
    • By lush walrus 16th Oct 16, 6:46 PM
    • 1,929 Posts
    • 1,602 Thanks
    lush walrus
    • #8
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:46 PM
    • #8
    • 16th Oct 16, 6:46 PM
    They are correct, it's not their role to snag an individual house. It is very unusual request.

    For those suggesting things are covered up, the bullders will have applied to Building Control, and had regular inspections so things you can not see will have been checked by others.

    I presume your house will have a 10 year guarantee with NHBC? So you are covered for major issues that may arise, through a bad detail creating an isssue or workmanship. So all you actually need to do is arrange s walk around prior to completion with the builders to see if there is anything not finished correctly, or if anything is missing / to the wrong spec or sloppy workmanship.
    The advice you have received to get this done is perverse - there is no reason to need independent snagging, look yourself.
    • lee111s
    • By lee111s 16th Oct 16, 7:32 PM
    • 2,867 Posts
    • 1,952 Thanks
    lee111s
    • #9
    • 16th Oct 16, 7:32 PM
    • #9
    • 16th Oct 16, 7:32 PM
    They are correct, it's not their role to snag an individual house. It is very unusual request.

    For those suggesting things are covered up, the bullders will have applied to Building Control, and had regular inspections so things you can not see will have been checked by others.

    I presume your house will have a 10 year guarantee with NHBC? So you are covered for major issues that may arise, through a bad detail creating an isssue or workmanship. So all you actually need to do is arrange s walk around prior to completion with the builders to see if there is anything not finished correctly, or if anything is missing / to the wrong spec or sloppy workmanship.
    The advice you have received to get this done is perverse - there is no reason to need independent snagging, look yourself.
    Originally posted by lush walrus

    This in spades.
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 16th Oct 16, 8:57 PM
    • 251 Posts
    • 197 Thanks
    ComicGeek
    For those suggesting things are covered up, the bullders will have applied to Building Control, and had regular inspections so things you can not see may have been checked by others.
    Originally posted by lush walrus
    Fixed that for you - no way that every part of every house is inspected by Building Control/NHBC. The build quality that I see on large housing developments as part of my consultancy work is shocking, and does not get seen by BC/NHBC before being hidden. Build quality and control for large developments is getting worse and worse as pressures on completing plots as quickly as possible have increased over recent years, and good site managers are hard to find and overworked.


    NHBC doesn't cover against all defects. Given that it can be the single largest purchase that someone may make in their life, if they're not able to undertake snagging themselves then why not get someone else to do it.
    • RMSP
    • By RMSP 13th Apr 17, 5:30 PM
    • 4 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    RMSP
    Hello, I just joined the forum as I too have a similar problem...I have purchased new house before with NHBC warranty and was never aware of such thing as a company doing the snagging list. I am now trying to buy a small flat for my daughter in a office building conversation in Reading area and my solicitor has suggested getting such done to protect myself. However talking to one snagging company I was told there was not much point to do such unless I am clear what new build warranty would actually cover , so i am also confused and these reports seem pricey (over £300 even for one bed flat) so I am stuck on this decision and do not have any recommended company as yet. sorry cannot help with your question as i am also in similar boat
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 13th Apr 17, 8:07 PM
    • 251 Posts
    • 197 Thanks
    ComicGeek
    Hello, I just joined the forum as I too have a similar problem...I have purchased new house before with NHBC warranty and was never aware of such thing as a company doing the snagging list. I am now trying to buy a small flat for my daughter in a office building conversation in Reading area and my solicitor has suggested getting such done to protect myself. However talking to one snagging company I was told there was not much point to do such unless I am clear what new build warranty would actually cover , so i am also confused and these reports seem pricey (over £300 even for one bed flat) so I am stuck on this decision and do not have any recommended company as yet. sorry cannot help with your question as i am also in similar boat
    Originally posted by RMSP
    Personally I can't see the point if you just do the snagging at the end, everything's been hidden then - you'll see as much yourself as the surveyor will.

    Key thing is finding out what the warranty covers and doesn't cover, investigate the builder themselves and see if there lots of complaints/praise online, and then once you're in look at/test/try everything.

    When we do inspections we have to do at least 3 during construction at key stages, but costs would be too high for general purchasers to pay - we only do these on large bespoke properties.
    • RMSP
    • By RMSP 3rd May 17, 5:45 PM
    • 4 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    RMSP
    Thank you Comic Geek for your reply, we have been trying to get exact details of the warranty which is supposed to be with Checkmate (which sadly not very known) .....so far not much success but the solicitor is following up. As for the developer ...well where can I start ......they are a commercial property developer based in London but part of a larger northern developer which does residential also, they advertised the flats under the name of one of their sister company instead of their own name which makes one wonder why. It was difficult to get much info through the sales process from the estate agent and process was all dictated .....hence my concerns about what to expect. I was told briefly by the future management company who is to take charge of the building from the developer that there would 48 hours after completion to report snagging but none has yet been clarified in writing. in my previous new built purchases I had two year after sales service when any problem would be sorted out by the developer, but this developer which seems want to walk away and pass the buck to Checkmate or the management company but not yet clearly stated. My solicitor was suggesting if I get a snagging report done before exchange contract or completion that report can pressure them to rectify whatever was found..... I have not had much luck though finding any recommended company at reasonable price. Home snag was suggested by the solicitor but I did not get a good feel after talking to them.
    • RMSP
    • By RMSP 3rd May 17, 5:49 PM
    • 4 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    RMSP
    thank you for you useful DIY list
    It seems that would be the way to go, too much hard work to find a reasonable or recommended snagging company
    • guitarman001
    • By guitarman001 13th May 17, 10:26 AM
    • 1,024 Posts
    • 534 Thanks
    guitarman001
    Does anybody have a copy of the snagging.org checklist? Is it worth it for £9.99?

    Is it any better than the free noes you get here?
    http://www.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!/new_home_diy_snagging_guidance.htm
    Last edited by guitarman001; 13-05-2017 at 10:30 AM.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 13th May 17, 11:41 AM
    • 3,298 Posts
    • 4,599 Thanks
    Cakeguts
    We have had a couple of new houses done by a local surveyor I can't remember if they advertised as doing snagging or if we just asked. The houses were new about 15 years ago so that is when they would have been done.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,304Posts Today

5,281Users online

Martin's Twitter