Assess the quality of your new-build London home by obtaining a snagging list
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
- Unfinished Fittings
- Uneven Floors and Stairs
- Poorly Installed Windows, Doors and Frames
- Structural Issues
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.
Obtaining a snagging list allows you to:
- 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.