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Snagging Inspection Checklist: Room-by-Room Guide

Buying a new home is an exciting milestone, but it comes with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to ensuring that everything is in perfect condition. A snagging inspection is crucial for identifying and addressing issues before you fully settle in. This comprehensive room-by-room guide will help you conduct a thorough snagging inspection, ensuring your new home is up to standard.

Snagging Inspection

What is Snagging?

Snagging is the process of identifying defects or unfinished work in a new property. These issues, known as "snags," can range from minor cosmetic imperfections to significant structural problems. A snagging inspection aims to find these issues so they can be rectified by the builder or developer.

Preparation for Your Snagging Inspection

Before diving into the inspection, equip yourself with the following tools:

  • Notepad and pen or a smartphone/tablet for taking notes.

  • Camera for documenting defects.

  • Spirit level for checking the alignment of surfaces.

  • Flashlight for inspecting dark areas.

  • Tape measure for checking dimensions.

  • Snagging checklist (printable or digital).

Ensure you conduct the inspection during daylight hours for optimal visibility and consider bringing a friend or professional snagging inspector for a second pair of eyes.

Room-by-Room Snagging Checklist

Entrance Hallway

  • Doors and Frames: Check that doors open and close smoothly without sticking. Inspect the alignment of the door frames and ensure there are no gaps or warping.

  • Locks and Handles: Test all locks and handles to ensure they function properly. Ensure there are no loose fittings.

  • Flooring: Examine the floor for any unevenness, scratches, or damage. Ensure carpets are properly fitted and there are no frayed edges.

  • Walls and Ceilings: Look for cracks, uneven paint, or plaster. Check for damp spots or watermarks which may indicate leaks.

  • Lighting and Switches: Test all light switches and fixtures. Ensure there are no flickering lights or faulty wiring.

Living Room

  • Windows and Frames: Open and close all windows to ensure smooth operation. Check the seals for drafts and inspect for any cracks or condensation between double glazing.

  • Heating: Test radiators or other heating systems for proper function. Look for any leaks or signs of rust.

  • Electrical Outlets: Ensure all outlets are securely fixed and test them with a device to check they are working.

  • Walls and Paintwork: Inspect for any marks, uneven paint, or plaster issues. Ensure all surfaces are smooth and blemish-free.

  • Skirting Boards: Check for gaps, damage, or loose fittings along the skirting boards.


  • Cabinets and Drawers: Open all cabinets and drawers to check for smooth operation and proper alignment. Ensure there are no chips or scratches.

  • Worktops and Backsplash: Inspect for any scratches, stains, or gaps. Check that the worktops are securely fixed.

  • Appliances: Test all built-in appliances like ovens, hobs, extractors, and dishwashers. Ensure they are properly installed and functional.

  • Plumbing: Turn on the taps and check for leaks. Inspect under the sink for any signs of water damage or leaks.

  • Electrical Fittings: Test all electrical outlets and ensure they are in appropriate locations for kitchen use.


  • Tiling and Grout: Examine all tiles and grout lines for cracks, gaps, or discoloration. Ensure the tiles are securely fixed.

  • Sanitary Ware: Check the toilets, sinks, and bathtubs for chips, cracks, or staining. Ensure they are securely fixed and properly sealed.

  • Plumbing: Test taps and showers for adequate water pressure and check for leaks. Flush toilets to ensure they function correctly.

  • Ventilation: Ensure any extractor fans are working efficiently. Check for signs of mold or damp which could indicate poor ventilation.

  • Mirrors and Cabinets: Inspect for any scratches, chips, or loose fittings.


  • Windows and Frames: As with the living room, check for smooth operation, proper seals, and any condensation or cracks.

  • Wardrobes and Storage: Inspect built-in wardrobes and storage spaces for proper installation. Check for smooth operation of doors and drawers.

  • Ceilings and Walls: Look for any cracks, uneven paint, or signs of dampness.

  • Lighting and Electrical: Test all light switches and outlets. Ensure any fitted lights are secure and functioning.

Utility Room

  • Appliances: Test washing machines, dryers, and other utilities to ensure they are properly installed and functioning.

  • Plumbing: Check all connections for leaks and ensure adequate water pressure.

  • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation to prevent moisture buildup and mold growth.

  • Flooring: Inspect the flooring for any damage, especially around appliances where leaks might occur.


  • Walls and Brickwork: Inspect the exterior walls for cracks, damage, or signs of wear. Ensure the brickwork is in good condition.

  • Roof and Gutters: Check the roof for missing or damaged tiles. Ensure gutters are securely fixed and free from debris.

  • Windows and Doors: As inside, check all external windows and doors for proper operation and seals.

  • Driveway and Pathways: Look for cracks, uneven surfaces, or pooling water which could indicate drainage issues.

  • Garden and Fencing: Inspect fencing for stability and damage. Ensure the garden is in the agreed-upon condition.

Tips for a Successful Snagging Inspection

Take Your Time: Don’t rush the process. A thorough inspection can take several hours, so plan accordingly.

Document Everything: Take detailed notes and plenty of photographs. This documentation will be crucial when discussing repairs with your builder.

Be Objective: Focus on factual defects rather than subjective opinions. Clear documentation of specific issues will be more effective.

Follow Up: After your inspection, compile a comprehensive snag list and submit it to your developer. Ensure you follow up to confirm they have received it and set a timeline for repairs.


A detailed snagging inspection is essential for ensuring your new home meets the expected standards. By using this room-by-room guide, you can methodically check every aspect of your property, identifying issues that need to be addressed. This proactive approach will help you enjoy your new home without the stress of unexpected defects and repairs. Remember, a well-conducted snagging inspection not only ensures your home is in top condition but also provides peace of mind, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your investment.

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