A snagging inspection carried out yesterday was one of the worst cases of brickwork workmanship we have come across. You'd be mistaken thinking the builder had not finished the house, whereas in fact this customer completed 1 month ago.
Shoddy brickwork like this ultimately will cost a lot of money to rectify if noticed too late and falls out of the builder's warranty. On another inspection carried out this week, the mix of mortar was so weak it crumbled away when lightly scraped... The builder is faced with re-pointing the entire house which will cost them in the region of £60k.
As has been mentioned on a previous blog post, the poor quality of brickwork can be linked back to when quality trades were knocked out of business following the recession of 2008. The demand and boom of new builds since has overtaken experience and quality of workmanship which is ultimately why we still find such issues on our inspections, and why it is not getting any better.
Today's windy weather conditions was a good opportunity to identify the poor design of putting a lamp post just a couple of feet away from a house. As the video demonstrates, under windy conditions it continually bangs against the verges.
Whilst such instances are rare, light pollution from street lamps is quite common as shown below, taken from a snagging inspection carried out by Lee last month.
The vast majority (approx 70%) of complaints the NHBC receive are issues with the roof. As a standard process when we are carrying out a snagging inspection on houses, we use special equipment to inspect the gutters, chimney and tiling, giving us a vantage no other snagging company can offer.
The importance of properly installed ridge tiles was experienced first hand by our inspector Gareth on his own house [not new build] this week! During some adverse weather dislodged his ridge tile which fell to the ground and damaged his car severely. Below is a picture he took of his roof to show the issue of improperly secured ridge tiles.
We often find shortfalls of the roof including blocked or broken gutters, broken tiling or ridge tiles improperly fixed.... Raising such issues early on your new-build house will avoid issues in the long run.
A snagging inspection carried out this week revealed yet more breaches of Building Regulations. You would think that an electrician is familiar with Part P, but we often find errors such as this or sockets incorrectly wired or not wired at all. The below screen shot is from another snagging inspection carried out this past week.
Whilst most of the issues we raise during a snagging inspection would fall under tolerances set by the likes of the NHBC / LABC, we also occasionally find issues that fall out of the jurisdiction of Building Regulations which are often stipulated for the purpose of safety, as shown in the example from today's inspection:
If one photo epitomizes our inspections carried out in December, I think this one does the trick nicely. This is a sign telling the heating engineer to ensure the fittings are tight, which is hung on a fitting that is leaking.
Merry Christmas everyone,
We attended to a developer that considers itself a high-end builder yesterday, and yet it had numerous issues falling out of building regulations and NHBC tolerances.
It goes to show the importance of instructing a professional snagging inspection even when builder's have 5 star ratings, as in our experience it rarely makes any difference.
Our busiest months snagging houses is undoubtedly June and December. This is not anything to do with homeowners wanting to move in before Christmas, rather it is in line with the majority of builders' financial deadlines.
In line with deadlines comes pressures on trades and the quality slips drastically... which is when we get the calls from homeowners who are shocked at the quality of house they have been given.
If your completion is scheduled for December, we recommend booking your snagging inspection sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
Whilst many of the issues on a snagging survey will be highlighting poor workmanship, we often find fundamental build issues..
Brick, render and stones are all porous and it is important for cavity trays to be installed to catch penetrating rainwater in the cavity and expel through weep holes. On this house all but 1 window had a cavity tray, and the failure to have installed it here was showing clear signs: the internal living room window reveal paintwork was peeling away and there was a high moisture reading to the bricks at the lintel where the water was trapped.
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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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