New Build Snagging
We inspect the property in detail both internally and externally, including, accessible roof spaces, garages, outbuildings and grounds and produce a Schedule of Defects and Outstanding Works which should be carried out prior to completion of the purchase.
This report is issued to the client or his/her lawyer for service on the developer and we also undertake a final inspections prior to purchase completion to confirm that all work has been carried out satisfactorily.
Should a client wish to complete the purchase of the property prior to the works being carried out his/her solicitor may recommend that a sum of money be retained from the purchase price. We would estimate a suitable sum.
We believe that the best time to deal with these matters is prior to release of the purchase monies, when the developers mind is focused on doing what is necessary to obtain the purchase money.
We advise that:-
- Schedule of Outstanding Works be prepared by a Chartered Surveyor at exchange of contracts.
- Completion of the purchase be dependent upon completion of the works contained within the Schedule.
- If completion of the purchase has to proceed before all the works have been carried out then part of the purchase price be retained until works have been completed to the surveyors satisfaction.
"Snagging" after purchase
Most purchasers of new build property are not experts in building construction. They find that a "snagging list" prepared by a Chartered Surveyor at any time during the two years following purchase is the best way of driving forward the process whereby defects are corrected. The surveyor can also represent the purchaser, dealing with the builder and insurance company.