Today our snagging surveyor Alex highlighted an important shortfall in the loft of this new build house. It is a great example of how important it is to employ an experienced surveyor to snag your new build house, as this is something no homeowner would know to look for and of course it has just been missed by the site and warranty inspections.
Couple move into £225,000 dream home - only to find nearly 200 snags
Increasingly, new snagging companies attempt to copy our service and it is important to consider the difference in what we offer as qualified professionals. Our surveyors are qualified in building thermography, meaning we know what to look for and also what to dismiss. Without the knowledge we have, you are unlikely to receive the same sort of service and unfortunately get misleading advice. For example, most of our competitors that have attempted to copy our service are offering to conduct thermal heat loss checks throughout the year, whereas the correct ambient temperatures are needed to see results which is why we only conduct thermal heat loss checks in the winter months, either as part of a stand alone inspection or as part of the full package.
With HomeSnag you have the reassurance of a reputable company with qualified professionals so please ensure you don't choose an unqualified person to attend your house!
Whilst it is rare for a snagging inspection to find major structural issues, recently a Persimmon customer that moved in just 2 years ago had part of their house collapse during the night. It goes to show the poor quality that can go unnoticed by a non-professional. Read more about this story using the link below:
With the financial deadlines for most builders being June and December, the summer is our busiest time of year as plots are often handed over to clients in a dreadful state.
Here are just a handful of pictures taken over the past couple of months by several of our snagging inspectors to demonstrate the array of varying issues we have found
One unique selling point when instructing our company to carry out a snagging survey on your new build house is that we use specialist equipment to inspect areas out of sight.
Over the past few weeks we have found several properties with damaged ridge tiles which were not identified by the builder.
Tucking the insulation to the eaves is a very common shortfall we find and heat loss is evident as a result as shown by the thermal image.
Similarly it is quite common for us to find the wrong insulation being used on party walls. This image below shows a party wall as seen from the loft which has been retro-fitted with no cavity socks; it should have acoustic insulation all the way down to prevent noise issues.
As part of our standard snagging inspection we check sockets and lights have been correctly connected. It is surprising how many issues we find on a new build inspection: the following examples have been found by our snaggers Joe and Lee over just the past week alone.
When buying a new-build property it is very common for the sales staff to put you off using a professional snagging company and explain that there is no need because the site and warranty inspector will have been inspected it and signed it off.
Unfortunately the biggest mistake that new-build purchasers make is they trust this and find out issues the hard way.
The above photograph was taken by our snagging inspector Frazer today and it goes to show how serious issues can be missed by all those that go around before us.
One of the worst houses we have inspected externally was actually very good inside and the customer walked around and almost cancelled the inspection with us! So if you are considering a snagging inspection, don't just base your decision on the quality internally when walking around as there will be many things only our inspectors will be able to identify using specialist equipment.
Let's take a few examples from Gareth's inspections this month: the pictures here show issues all falling out of building regulations, including breaches of fire safety regulations, joinery and heating. These are issues that you just wouldn't know to look for as a homeowner (or in most instances as a Site Manager) as you rely on trades doing their job properly.
A Snaggers Blog
HomeSnag inspectors are experts at inspecting new-build houses. This blog shares real examples to demonstrate the importance of getting your new build house or apartment snagged professionally
"I always insist that there is specific provision for snagging," says Thomas Moran, partner at law firm Speechly Bircham. "Reputable developers do this anyway, but there are all sorts in the market, some big, some small, so you need a contractual promise than within, say, a year they will come back to remedy any minor defects in the finishing."
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