Purchasing a property in London means committing to decades of monthly mortgage repayments, which is why many families buy new builds that ought to be in near perfect condition. Unfortunately, some surveys suggest that more than half of new-build homes are problematic. Obtain a snagging list from our chartered surveyors to ensure your developer repairs all your new home’s defects in time for your arrival.
The average new build has between 50 and 150 defects, which range from untidy paint finishes to uneven floors and faulty wiring. The developer should complete any outstanding works before you move in, but they’re often slow or unwilling to act after receiving payment for the property.
Instead of moving your family into a potentially unsafe home, you can ensure the developer lives up to its responsibilities by letting our RICS chartered surveyors prepare a snagging list, which details all the issues your developer is required to fix.
What Is a Snagging List?
A snagging list is a report that details all the issues that your developer needs to address after assuming their work is done. It provides you with the evidence of defects you need to ensure your developer meets its obligations.
Common post-completion problems with new builds in London include:
Cracking to Plaster Finishes
Uneven Floors and Stairs
Poorly Installed Windows, Doors and Frames
The Benefits of Obtaining Snagging Lists for New-Build Homes in London?
A property is likely the most expensive asset you’ll ever buy, yet consumer laws offer little protection to homebuyers. The Sale and Supply of Goods Act give you a legal right to demand a refund for goods that don’t meet your expectations, but, unfortunately, properties are exempt.
Your housing developer is responsible for identifying and fixing defects before you move into your new property, but builders often don’t uncover all the issues.
Snagging List Example Report
If you would like to see a snagging list example report, please click on the button below to download our example report.
The homebuyer’s report carried out by Harding Chartered Surveyors was clear informative and timely. The level of detail was just what I needed in order to appreciate what the property needed doing and to help me with my decision to proceed with the purchase process.
19:09 08 Jan 21
Really helpful, made the process easy and really efficient service even though it was over the holiday period. Would def recommend / use again
18:24 30 Nov 20
Kate is very responsive and also took time to advise me on the phone at the very beginning. Scott Ingham did our report. It was thorough and informative. Felt in safe professional hands throughout.
15:53 29 Oct 20
17:56 28 Oct 20
Scott completed a survey for me on a flat purchase and both he and Kate were great – very quick to respond, knowledgeable, thorough and happy to address any additional questions I had. Would definitely recommend and use them again.
10:47 05 Oct 20
I requested Harding to provide a valuation for a lease extension. Albert Wellington was in charge of my property and he was extremely professional and helpful in addressing all my concerns. I would recommend him and the company with no hesitation.
14:17 19 Aug 20
A very efficient, timely and thorough service for us, as we go through the house buying process. I’d definitely use them again.
10:05 23 Jul 20
Very satisfied with service. Report was delivered promptly and provided the information we needed.
Richard Denison Gay
14:49 02 Jun 20
Excellent service; professional, helpful, communicative and courteous as well as relatively quick. I would highly recommend.
14:25 30 Jan 20
Very efficient and professional. I had my survey few months ago before buying my house and I am still following the advice from the survey to fix and repair what needed. I dealt with Scott Ingham and I think he worked very accurately and checked everything very carefully. Highly recommended.
16:15 13 Nov 19
Needed a valuation for a property purchase and can honestly say the service was 1st class from start to finish. Queries were dealt with promptly and followed up via telephone to make sure I was happy with the responses.The team are extremely knowledgeable.Thank you Kate, Albert, David and the rest of the team I will definitely use the company again.
16:07 30 Oct 19
Harding’s were great – very responsive, gave a very clear and detailed report and were happy to run through their comments with me over the phone.
16:21 01 Oct 19
Brilliant thorough service!
11:12 30 Aug 19
09:46 22 Aug 19
Dealt with James Brook, very efficient and professional, James had the report sent out to us within 24hrs. would highly recommend.
21:33 14 Aug 19
10:34 20 Jul 19
Harding Chartered Surveyors are a very professional business who handled a challenging task for us with ease. I highly recommend them and will be using their services again.
22:30 01 Jul 19
Very efficient service and very detailed report. We are very satisfied.
10:38 24 Jun 19
Really quick turn around and professional service.
16:42 20 Jun 19
14:22 11 Jun 19
Have used for years and always been very happy. Competitive on service and always good on deadlines and quality. Recommended.
17:56 09 Apr 19
20:27 28 Mar 19
The surveyor turned up on time as planned to survey the roof, both inside and out, then was happy to discuss it all with us afterwards. Bit tricky in high winds. Report arrived 2 days later, just what we needed. Professional and thorough. Recommended.
09:44 01 Mar 19
Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.
Abi and Andy La Fontaine
20:57 20 Feb 19
Quick, efficient and excellent service. Came as a recommendation from a friend and we’d happily recommend too.
01:56 16 Feb 19
16:25 16 Dec 18
Thorough and professional surveyors. Very happy with their service. Highly recommended.
16:09 03 Dec 18
15:54 10 Nov 18
Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.
10:41 29 Apr 18
I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.
11:16 09 Jan 18
David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David’s reports and advice have been invaluable to us.
14:13 08 Jan 18
I have worked with David and his team as a buying agent for many years now. The service they offer is an excellent one, timely with a commonsensical approach. I would recommend them to anyone.
08:57 05 Oct 17
James provided a very professional and thorough service, highly recommended.
14:30 04 Oct 17
Very experienced firm and friendly staff. Highly recommended.
Snagging List can:
Ensure the Developer Acts Promptly
Don’t let your builders drag their feet. Force them to repair issues before completing the purchase transaction.
Let an Independent and Impartial Surveyor Highlight Problems
Why trust a developer to identify issues in a property it built when you can hire chartered surveyors that work with your best interests at heart?
Protect Your Investment and Family’s Future
Ensure your developer pays for the repairs that you require for the sake of your family’s comfort and safety.
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