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Are snagging surveys worth the time and cost?

Snagging surveys can be worth the time and cost, especially when it comes to newly built or renovated properties. A snagging survey is essentially a detailed inspection carried out before you take possession of the property. The purpose is to identify any defects, incomplete work, or issues that need to be rectified by the builder or developer before you move in.


Here are some factors to consider when determining if snagging surveys are worth it:

1. Identifying Defects:

Snagging surveys can uncover both minor and major defects that might not be immediately apparent during a casual inspection. Addressing these issues before moving in can save you from potential headaches and expenses later.

2. Builder Responsibility:

In many cases, developers or builders are responsible for rectifying defects identified during the snagging survey. This means that the cost of fixing these issues falls on them, not you.

3. Avoiding Future Expenses:

Fixing defects early can prevent them from developing into larger problems over time. Addressing issues promptly can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for extensive repairs down the line.

4. Negotiating Power:

If the snagging survey reveals significant defects, you have the opportunity to negotiate with the builder or developer to have these issues resolved before completing the purchase.

5. Peace of Mind:

Knowing that your new property is in good condition and free from hidden defects can provide peace of mind and allow you to fully enjoy your new home without immediate concerns.

6. Professional Inspection:

Snagging surveys are typically conducted by professional inspectors who have experience in identifying construction and finishing issues. Their expertise ensures a thorough evaluation.

7. Property Value:

Addressing defects promptly can help maintain or even increase the value of your property. Resolving issues before they become more serious can contribute to a better resale value.

8. Cost of Repairs:

While there is a cost associated with snagging surveys, the cost of addressing the identified issues during the initial stages can be lower compared to making repairs later when they might have escalated.

9. New Builds and Renovations:

Snagging surveys are particularly relevant for newly constructed properties or properties that have undergone significant renovations, as these are more likely to have defects that need attention.


However, it's important to note that not all defects found during a snagging survey will necessarily be critical or require immediate attention. Some issues might be minor and could be easily addressed by you after moving in. It's a good idea to balance the cost of the survey with the potential benefits it offers, considering the specifics of the property and your own preferences.

In summary, snagging surveys can provide valuable insights into the condition of a property and can be worth the time and cost, especially for new builds and significant renovations. They can help you ensure that your new home is in the best possible condition before you move in.

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