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Snagging Surveys: Why Your New-Build Home Needs One

With rising house prices in the UK, new-build homes have become popular as a more affordable choice. New-builds are also much more energy-efficient than older homes, like Victorian and Georgian houses, which are costly to heat in winter. Research has shown that new-build homeowners save around £2,500 on annual energy bills. 

If you’re planning to buy a new-build home, it’s worth booking a snagging survey to make sure your property is up-to-scratch before you move in.

Read on to discover why snagging surveys are so important.

What Is A Snagging Survey?

A snagging survey is a type of property survey conducted by chartered surveyors on a newly built property. The process involves assessing the property against building regulations and checking for defects or poor workmanship.

A snagging surveyor will check the standard of the building using an extensive list to determine whether work is satisfactory or identify any issues that don’t meet warranty standards. Any problems that are flagged up by a surveyor will need to be fixed before the property can be determined as fit for purpose and ready to move into. 

What Does A Snagging Survey Include?

The survey is highly comprehensive and covers both structural and aesthetic features. All fixtures and fittings are closely examined to ensure they have been correctly installed. Aesthetic elements like painting and doors will be assessed against housing standards to determine if they are satisfactory.

The report will identify any minor issues like paint cracks or scratches which are easily rectifiable. Any serious problems, such as poor brickwork, improper wiring or wonky windows will be highlighted for the construction company to remedy.

Why Do I Need A Snagging Survey?

With the rise of new-build housing, the demand for construction is high. Often, builders are given a short time scale to complete the construction work. When building work is rushed, it allows for mistakes or poor-quality finishes to occur.

Chartered surveyors are experts in building standards. They can assess the property for you, identifying any issues. Once you have completed the snagging survey, you can move into your new home with the reassurance that your new property is safe and in good condition.

When Can I Get A Snagging Survey Done?

Snagging surveys can be conducted at any time, even after you have moved in, but it’s best to get the survey done as soon as possible. Pre-completion surveys are possible, but some builders prefer to wait until construction is complete. However, it’s recommended to have one conducted before signing any final contracts to ensure everything is safe and in working order.

Viking Surveyors

At Viking Surveyors, we’re proud members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and are RICS Registered Valuers. We’re highly qualified experts you can trust for a reliable property survey to give you peace of mind that your new home is completed to a high standard.

If you’re in the process of buying or constructing a new build, get in touch with Viking Surveyors today for a fully comprehensive snagging survey.

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