When you purchase a new home, there will be hope, anticipation and high levels of excitement. This new home is about to become the first time it will house tenants – and those occupants will be you.
However, owning a new home does not come without its issues and problems. The obvious fall backs are not necessarily to do with the mortgage and high finance of a new home but with the snags.
Snags are parts of the home which have not been correctly built, constructed, decorated and fixed. Developers who work on new build estates are often under great pressure to get the job done. Complications and delays are a daily part of the life of a construction worker.
Sometimes it can be shoddy plastering or brickwork; in other cases we have seen the plumbing and the electrical work in a sub-standard state.
Developers are often under pressure to get the construction trades persons in and out within a certain period of time – it leaves no more for error and a job that ends up half-cooked or shoddy.
A snagging report is prepared by an inspection team who are independent from the developers. It will find everything that is wrong with your new property and can then re-visit to carry out a so-called “de-snag” to ensure all problems in the home have been rectified correctly.
The type of issues that will be looked at are those that happen over time. Cracks can appear several months later, nails can pop, doors will become misaligned and floorboards will begin to creak as the nails loosen over time.
More often than not, builders will not rectify this work in the same quality it was demanded of them. This is why a second inspection of the snags must take place. It is also vital that the second snagging inspection takes place before the builder’s warranty runs out.
More often than not, some of the issues that beset a new home cannot be seen by the homeowner. Things like the cavity wall – where voids are forming and heat might escape. The second inspection does manage to check these out and discover if there are any issues to deal with.
The good news is that the second inspection and the one which looks over the rectified snags costs over £100 less than the initial survey. Furthermore, it takes just 48 hours to produce the report.