Our snagging surveys are tailored to you, giving you full clarity, peace of mind, and expert guidance.
What is a Snagging Survey?
If you’re a soon-to-be new build homeowner, it is advised that you get a snagging survey and pre-completion checklist after all building work has been completed, but before you exchange contracts with the property developer.
These types of surveys are designed to catch small issues and problems with the home. Usually these issues are cosmetic (such as unfinished skirting, or windows that don’t shut properly), however a snagging survey is also a great opportunity to spot bigger problems that need to be addressed before you move in.
RICS snagging surveys can be completed up to two years after your new build purchase, with your developer being responsible for fixing said issues reported during this time period.
What Does a RICS Snagging Survey Include?
A dedicated RICS surveyor providing expertise to guide you through each step of the process.
A detailed inspection of your new build property, including both the interior and exterior areas looking at areas including but not limited to walls, skirting, windows, pipes, brickwork, plastering, and flooring.
A comprehensive, jargon-free report (delivered via email) of the snagging survey including details of areas that have been inspected and a note of each snag found.
Communication from start to finish with your developers to help get snagging issues resolved in a timely manner, should you need it.
Independent, trustworthy ongoing advice from our team of RICS surveyors, as and when required.
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Architectural Feasibility Review
When conducting your survey, we can also provide you with a initial Architectural Feasibility Review if you have any alterations or extensions in mind.
This will include a review of feasibility of your project and initial Planning, Building Regulations and Party Wall considerations.
Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments
If you own a property, no matter what size or for what purpose, you need to ensure you’re insured to the right level should anything happen.
Our experts will provide a report outlining the insurance reinstatement value based on the latest cost data and our expert knowledge.
Drone Surveys of Roof Area, Chimneys and hard to reach places
If you invest or develop property, we conduct reports focused at seasoned investors with key considerations included when purchasing a buy to let property.
If you own or are purchasing a portfolio, we can inspect and report on the condition and the key considerations of the entire portfolio.
Snagging Survey FAQs
Browse some of the common questions that our team are asked when it comes to choosing the survey that’s right for you.
How Much is a Snagging Survey?
On average, homeowners can expect to spend anywhere between £300 and £500 for a snagging survey. However, the exact price you pay will vary depending on a few factors, such as the size of your home and how long the survey will take to complete.
When Should You Get a Snagging Survey?
Ideally you would get a snagging survey completed after construction has finished but before you hand over any money for the property. It is pointless to get a snagging survey done before construction has finished as not all snags will be identified, but on the other hand a snagging survey done too late may not give you as much leverage when it comes to getting defects corrected. If you have already bought the property and moved in, you can still get a snagging survey up to two years post completion.
Is a Snagging Survey Worth It?
Yes, 100%. A snagging survey will catch any issues, both small cosmetic wrinkles and larger, structural issues before you move into your home. Having an independent snagging survey will also add weight to your discussions with the developer to get the issues resolved in a timely manner. Not only will this ensure you get your money’s worth out of your property, but it can also catch issues that will cause bigger problems further down the line.
Can I Do My Own Snagging Survey?
Unless you have professional knowledge and expertise, we wouldn’t recommend completing a snagging survey yourself. By completing snagging surveys yourself, not only will it require a lot of dedicated time, but you run the risk of missing issues entirely – which may result in you paying for a survey further down the line anyway! By working with a professional, you’ll put yourself in a good position when negotiating remedial works with a developer.
Do I Need a Snagging Survey on New Build?
While it isn’t a legal requirement to have a snagging survey, it is definitely recommended. This type of survey is relatively inexpensive, and can ensure that your property is up to scratch before you move in.
Who Pays For Snagging?
You as a homeowner would need to pay for the snagging survey, however any defects found within two years of your home purchase would be the responsibility of your property developer. If for whatever reason you find something really wrong with your property after your two year warranty period is up, you could look into the 10-year NHBC warranty for new build homes. If you’d like to find out more about the next best steps to take, please feel free to reach out to our team for advice:
Why Choose Fourth Wall?
At Fourth Wall, we understand that purchasing a property can be a stressful time so we’re here to help make the process easier. We’ve stripped out the old-fashioned jargon in our RICS snagging and home surveys because we like talking to people in a language that they understand – giving you a clear outline of exactly what your property needs and the next steps to take with our pre completion checklist.
We’ll tailor each of our snagging surveys to your specific needs and way of working, ensuring we eliminate as much time (and stress) as possible from you, to ensure that each property is up to scratch before you move in. If you’d like to find out more about how we work, please feel free to book a free consultation with our team.
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If you’re about to purchase, or have recently completed on a new build home, why not speak to our team about our RICS snagging surveys? We’ll create a cohesive list of any issues found, no matter how small or large, and communicate with your developer to get them sorted. Not only does this save you a job, but our team will go above and beyond to ensure the process runs smoothly.