Our ‘New Home Snagging List’ is a comprehensive checklist used to ensure that all workmanship has been carried out to an acceptable standard.
You may not be familiar with the term ‘snagging’ – this is the process of checking off all completed work prior to handover. Building Control will have checked and confirmed all structural elements of your build, but will not concern themselves with the quality of finishes or internal fittings. This is where our comprehensive 27-page new home snagging list comes into its own – it allows you to inspect all works with your builder to confirm that a high standard has been attained.
Works covered are both internal and external, and include:
- Plasterboard and plastering to walls and ceilings
- Doors and Frames / Linings
- Airing Cupboard
- Radiators & Fireplaces
- Bathrooms & WCs
- Kitchen & Utility
- Appliances & Heating
- Loft Space
- Render / Cladding / Other External Wall finishes
- External Paintwork
- External Pipes & Drainage
- Drives & Pathways
- Walls / Fences / Gates
Written by an industry professional with more than 40 years’ experience in housebuilding, our new home snagging list is the ideal way to ensure that everything is as it should be before you are handed the keys and your builders leave site.
Want to know more? Read our blog post about the importance of snagging.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why buy our new home snagging list?
It is important to ensure that any minor defects are corrected before your builder hands over your new home, as it will avoid any issues futher down the line. You can even issue the snagging list to your builder in advance, so they know the standard you expect and what you will be looking for.
What if I’m building the new home myself?
Even if you are doing the majority of work yourself, you are still likely to have had some contractors on site for specialist works (electrics, groundwork etc.) so snagging their work is still vitally important. And there is, of course, no reason not to snag your own work before signing it off as a job well done!
Can you send the new home specification template to me in Mac / Open Office / any other format?
No, but you can download the PDF version and convert it yourself – many other programmes will open this format and there is also an abundance of free converters online.
How do I resolve any issues picked up by the snagging list?
Your builder / contractor should be asked to put right any defects (known as ‘making good’) before handing over. It is usual to have a clause in any contract with a builder that final payment is retained until making good has been completed, so this snagging list gives you a comprehensive resource from which to inspect their work.