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Post-Purchase Snagging: What to Check After Moving In

Congratulations on your new home! The excitement of moving into a new property is unparalleled, but before you fully settle in, it's crucial to conduct a post-purchase snagging inspection. Even if you've completed an initial snagging process before closing the deal, issues may still arise after you've moved in. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the essential checks and considerations to ensure your new home remains in top condition.


Snagging

Section 1: Revisiting the Snagging Report


Start by revisiting the snagging report generated during the pre-purchase inspection. Identify any outstanding issues that were noted and ensure that the developer or builder has addressed them. Cross-reference the report with the current state of the property, paying special attention to items that might have been deferred for resolution.


Section 2: Exterior Maintenance


Inspect the exterior of your home, focusing on elements that might have changed since your initial inspection. Check for any signs of damage to the roof, windows, doors, and siding. Ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris, preventing potential water damage. Assess the condition of the landscaping and make note of any issues that may have developed since your last visit.


Section 3: Interior Systems and Appliances


Move indoors and systematically inspect the various systems and appliances in your home. Test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they are functioning correctly. Check for leaks under sinks, around toilets, and in the utility areas. Inspect electrical outlets, switches, and lighting fixtures for proper operation. Don't forget to test kitchen appliances and ensure that they are in good working order.


Section 4: Safety and Security


Your safety and security are paramount. Verify that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, and replace batteries if necessary. Check locks on doors and windows to ensure they provide the security you need. If your home has a security system, test it to confirm it is working correctly.


Conclusion


A post-purchase snagging inspection is a crucial step in securing the long-term well-being of your new home. By being proactive and thorough in your checks, you can catch and address issues before they escalate. Remember, your home is an investment in your future, and a little diligence now can go a long way in preserving its value and ensuring your comfort and safety for years to come.


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