On a new build snagging survey we don't just raise issues for aesthetic improvement, we often raise fundamental issues that have been missed. Two examples from this past week include a chimney / gable wall not built plumb and window ledges not installed level.
Whilst it may cause no immediate concern, such issues could go missed until too late until a survey in the future raises it; leaving you to foot the bill rather than the developer making it right within their warranty. As a rule of thumb, the cost of a snagging inspection could save you money in the future!...
If you are moving in during the summer, it is safe to say testing the heating system is an unlikely thing on your checklist! During our new build snagging inspection, we check that not only radiators are fully heating but fundamentally if they been correctly connected. What we mean by this is shown in the example photographs from recent inspections: sometimes we find that the heating engineers accidentally connect ground floor thermostats to the upstairs heating loop. This may sound simple enough, but it can actually be one of the most destructive issues to investigate; because to find the cross-connection often means cutting throughout the ceiling and pulling apart tiling etc to find it.
When booking your inspection on your home, you will be offered whether you'd like our snagging inspector to inspect the cavity wall insulation using a borescope. This is to ensure that enough cavity wall insulation has been blown in.
We are asked how often we find issues, and the answer is approximately 40% of the time. This week alone we encountered 2 houses that had a severe lack of cavity wall insulation as shown from the 2 screenshots from reports below.
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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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