New build properties are supposed to be the stuff of dreams for buyers. A home that no other family has ever lived in before, all fixtures and fittings brand new and glistening. A central heating unit which has no wear and tear and all that “new” feeling you get to look forward to when something is still wrapped and sealed in cellophane.
But this is not just Blu-Ray DVD or a new cycle you are about to purchase – this is a house with all its fixtures and fittings and then some. Moreover, the move into a new home can be full of snags. But how can there be snags when you are buying something brand new – like your dream home?
Why Snags Occur in New Build Properties
There are many trade personnel on a building site. Ground workers, bricklayers, roofers, plasterers, gas technicians, electrical supply maintenance operatives, window fitters and even plant maintenance teams.
A site manager oversees all the different trade teams and has to work to a timetable agreed by the developers, landowners, and people who have invested in the project. But there are delays and all too often, things can go wrong.
Sometimes, it is just silly little mistakes; like the bathroom door opens the wrong way after the carpenter had not been informed, or the front door lock sticks when it is cold outside, or the cable providing the broadband and television service happens to be sticking out of the ground a little at the midway point in the front garden.
Then there are those faults nobody really gets to see at all. If the roofers and tilers have made even the smallest mistake in erecting a tile incorrectly, it can cause a leak in your loft. But how on earth would you have known this?
A snagging survey helps identify all those small mistakes that can happen when a construction team will rush through certain jobs in order to get the next department in and working. When you buy a new home, you are charged a mortgage assuming everything is perfect. So, when it is not you will know about through a snagging survey.
A snagging survey also looks at the electrical, plumbing, gas, roof and structure work as well as the more obvious things in the house that we all can see anyway.