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Snagging in Renovated Properties: What to Look Out For

Buying a renovated property offers the charm of an older home with modern updates, but it can also hide potential issues. Snagging, the process of identifying defects and unfinished work, is crucial for ensuring your new home is free from hidden problems.


Why Snagging Matters in Renovated Properties

Renovations can conceal various problems, either from the original structure or from the renovation work itself. Here’s why snagging is essential:

Hidden Structural Issues: Renovations often focus on aesthetics, potentially overlooking structural problems like foundation cracks or roof issues.

Compliance with Building Codes: Ensures all renovations meet current standards, avoiding future legal or safety issues.

Quality of Workmanship: Identifies subpar finishes and other quality issues.

Key Areas to Focus On

When inspecting a renovated property, pay close attention to the following areas:

Structural Integrity

Foundation and Basement: Look for cracks, dampness, or water damage.

Roof and Attic: Check for missing shingles, leaks, and insulation issues.

Walls and Ceilings: Inspect for cracks or water damage.

Plumbing and Electrical Systems

Pipes and Drains: Ensure there are no leaks or slow drains.

Electrical Wiring: Verify compliance with standards and check for exposed wires or faulty outlets.

HVAC Systems: Test heating and cooling systems.

Finishes and Fixtures

Floors and Carpets: Look for uneven surfaces or loose tiles.

Doors and Windows: Ensure they operate and lock properly.

Paint and Plaster: Check for peeling paint or uneven surfaces.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Cabinetry and Countertops: Check for secure installation and damage.

Appliances: Test all installed appliances.

Tiling and Grouting: Inspect for cracks and gaps.

Common Snagging Issues in Renovated Properties

Incomplete Work: Small tasks like trim work or painting might be unfinished.

Poor Quality Materials: Low-quality materials can lead to quick wear and tear.

Hidden Damage: New finishes can hide mold, wood rot, or pest infestations.

Inadequate Insulation: Poor insulation can result in higher energy bills.

Faulty Installations: Incorrect installations can cause ongoing maintenance issues.

Steps to Conduct a Snagging Inspection

Hire a Professional: Consider hiring a professional snagging inspector.

Create a Checklist: Develop a detailed checklist to cover all areas.

Document Issues: Take photos and detailed notes.

Test Everything: Operate all systems and fixtures.

Review Renovation Permits: Ensure all renovations were permitted and inspected.

Addressing Snagging Issues

Negotiate Repairs: Use the snagging report to negotiate repairs or price adjustments.

Plan for Future Maintenance: Monitor and address non-urgent issues during regular maintenance.


Snagging in renovated properties is crucial to ensure your investment is sound and your new home is free from hidden defects. Focus on key areas, identify common issues, and conduct a thorough inspection to address potential problems before they become major concerns. This will provide peace of mind and protect your investment for years to come.

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