It is easy to assume that a newly built home is free from any issues – it’s brand-new after all! However, there are many instances where newly built homes have some issues, albeit it typically minor ones.
Still, given the investment of purchasing a new home, it’s understandable to want everything to be perfect, especially when it was only recently built.
Should you come across any problems with a new build home you’ve recently purchased, it is still the developer’s responsibility to correct them, providing you are in your first two years of residency.
So, it may be worth inspecting your new home to ensure everything is fine and there are no issues that need fixed. To do this, you will a snagging report.
What is a Snagging Report?
A snagging report is the name given to a type home inspection survey. It involves checking through the entire property, checking for any type of issues that may need to be fixed. When done prior to selling the property, it lets the developer know if there are any problems that may need fixed.
However, it’s possible for a homeowner to request a snagging report, allowing them to check their home for any type of issue and have it repaired. If done within the first two years of living in a new-build home, the developer must pay for all the entire cost of repairs.
Differences Between a Snagging Report and Home Survey
While a type of home survey, snagging reports differ from more traditional surveys. For example, snagging reports look for every possible issue in a new build home. From doors to skirting to lighting and everything in-between, there is no problem that won’t be looked for during a snagging report.
A traditional home survey only focuses on those major problems, such as structural damage, and these are always conducted prior to selling a home. A snagging report can be done whenever, whether it’s pre or post-sale.
The Importance of a Snagging Report
Homeowners that have recently purchased a new-build home should always consider a snagging report. While the developer may have already completed this, there is no guarantee, so it’s worth finding out to see whether you need one.
When done within the first two years of living in the house, any faults found must be fixed by the developer, rather than the homeowner. So, by getting a snagging report, you ensure there are no issues with your new home, and if you find any the developer will be responsible for correcting them.
This can save a serious amount of money. Should anything be found after two years, you will be responsible for the entire cost of repairs, and the more significant the problem the more it costs to fix.
Plus, a snagging report covers even the most minor problems which aren’t included in a home survey. This means a snagging report is the only way to find those less noticeable imperfections before you need to pay to have them fixed!