Snagging Survey

 

 

Cost/benefit

 

We recommend that, as soon as possible after you move in (or before if your builder will allow a pre-completion inspection), you instruct a reputable snagging surveyor to inspect your home and prepare a report identifying all snags and defects.

 

There will be a cost associated with obtaining a professional survey report but we consider it likely there will be real value in doing so:

  • The survey report will likely carry more weight than if you notify the builder of things yourself, and make it more likely to get remedial works done.
  • The surveyor may identify things you may not realise amount to defects.
  • The suveyor should be able to advise you on what Building Regulation, NHBC Technical Standard or other requirement has been breached and help you assess the adequacy of the builder's proposed remedial solution.
  • If the builder fails or refuses to do a reasonable scope of works in a reasonable time or manner, a survey report will make it easier and quicker for you to claim on your warranty or via the courts.
  • The cost of the survey report can often be claimed back from your builder if it identifies more than just minor snags.

 

Competence/credibility

 

Expertise in snagging new build homes and a robust and professional attitude are important factors when choosing a snagging surveyor.  So too is the surveyor's credibility to act as an expert witness should a dispute arise with your builder or warranty provider over defects identified in thier report: you need to be sure you can rely on your surveyor and the contents of their report.

 

The snagging surveyors listed below are ones whose report formats we are familiar with, and whom we consider to have the necessary expertise that you can rely on when seeking to agree remedial works with your builder.  We do not receive payment from these surveyors for referrals.  Our recommendations are based on our vetting of individual surveyors or our own clients having successfully relyied on their services in the context of disputes against builders and/or warranty providers.

 

 

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