What checks need to be made on New Builds?

If you’re buying a new build property, you may think everything is going to be perfect – but you could be mistaken. Many people think the same, and then are disappointed when they move in and notice many things are not quite right.

What’s more, in some cases new homeowners move in and aren’t aware of the snags. Maybe they lack technical knowledge, don’t have specialist equipment to check, or simply don’t even notice them.

This is why it could be well worth hiring a snagging specialistsuch as HomeSnag to inspect your new build home. Sometimes a house builder will not have checked the house thoroughly for snags – after all, snags cost them time and money to ‘make good’.

These checks need to be made of new builds :-

  •      level and plumb check of floor, wall and ceiling
  •      soil tests
  •      access issues (e.g. disability or special needs)
  •      windows
  •      loft and garage inspections
  •      extractor hood smoke test
  •      groundwork inspection e.g. drainage around garage, drive etc.
  •      fire doors
  •      inspect plumbing for leaks
  •      kitchen units: damage, levels, and functionality
  •      damage check – wardrobes, oven, hob
  •      square check of walls and reveals
  •      tiling – workmanship, lipping or cracking
  •      joinery – architraves, staircase, cills
  •      electrical wiring to sockets
  •      mortar joint assessment
  •      brickwork and mastic quality
  •      inspection of roof and gutter
  •      painting and plaster work
  •      cavity wall insulation – using borescope
  •      heating functionality/installation inc. under floor systems – using thermal camera
  •      moisture detection – using moisture meter
  •      draughts and heat loss – using thermal camera

Whilst some of the snag checks may be aesthetic or functional, all are important. What’s more, some of the snags need to be checked because the house builder won’t normally check them in their snagging lists (e.g. any using specialist equipment such as thermal cameras or moisture meters).

Why you consider a new-build snagging survey

The obvious reason is peace of mind; you need to be reassured that your lovely home is built to standard and isn’t defective in any way.

What’s not as obvious is that by undertaking a snagging survey on new builds, you’re protecting your investment. If it’s found that your heating isn’t working properly, it’s going to lose your money.

Any snags overlooked by the house builder could affect the integrity of your home. When you try to sell the property, any snags could have deteriorated to such a degree that potential buyers may be put off purchasing – or demand a price reduction.

Snags cost you money, stress and comfort, which is why undertaking a snagging survey on a new build house is a wise move. The relatively small cost of a snag report is minimal in comparison to the peace of mind it will bring you.

Snagging surveys on new builds can be undertaken before you complete, so you have the maximum leverage and time for the house builder to resolve any issues. If it’s found to have serious snags, it may even affect your decision to buy the house, but it’s better to have the information than problems.