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Home Snagging UK offers the UK’s most comprehensive professional snagging report.

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We use our vast experience and a wide range of high-tech equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, to ensure your new home is of the quality you expected and promised. Our goal is to achieve higher-level snagging reports on issues that are usually out of sight to ensure our inspection report covers every fine detail.

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We use our vast experience and a wide range of high-tech equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, to ensure your new home is of the quality you expected and promised.

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You've paid for quality, let's make sure you get it! We can revisit your property to ensure that all the issues have been remedied.

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Why hire us?

Hiring an independent snagging company will provide a range of services covering a full inspection of internal and external, thermal imaging scan, comprehensive report, and lifetime support and advice. Our goal is to achieve higher-level snagging reports on issues that are usually out of sight to ensure our inspection report covers every fine detail.


RPSA Accredited

Home Snagging is fully insured and dedicated to upholding excellence. Our team of highly qualified inspectors is committed to delivering the finest service. We specialise in providing comprehensive professional snagging lists for new homes throughout the UK.

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Extension and refurbishment inspections

You paid for quality; now let’s make sure you get it! Our comprehensive extension and refurbishment snagging reports reveal issues before they cause costly problems.

Thermal Imaging

Our specialists are fully equipped with a Thermal Imaging Camera. We inspect for cold air ingress on all doors and windows. We check for thermal bridging and for no or poor fitting insulation.

Comprehensive Drone Roof Inspections

At Home Snagging UK, we’re committed to providing top-notch inspections for your new home. Utilising the latest in drone technology, we ensure no stone is left unturned, especially in those hard-to-reach areas. Our drone inspections meticulously cover all crucial aspects of your roof and upper structure, including:

  • All Flashings: Ensuring watertight sealing and integrity.
  • Guttering: Checking for proper installation and drainage.
  • Soffit and Fascia Boards: Inspecting for any signs of damage or wear.
  • Hipped Edges and Drip Edge: Verifying alignment and effectiveness.
  • Ridges and Valleys: Assessing for structural integrity.
  • Chimneys and Dormers: Evaluating condition and stability.

With our advanced drone inspections, we provide a detailed analysis, assuring that every element of your new home’s upper exterior meets our exacting standards for quality and safety.

Are You Buying a New Build Home?

Demand for new build homes is at an all-time high. This often means quality can often take a back seat. As new-build snagging experts, we use our knowledge, expertise, and equipment to ensure your new home is everything you dreamt it would be.

We have been employed by hundreds of customers buying new build homes from a wide range of different housebuilders.

Not only does this mean we know exactly what to look for, but we also know all the tricks of the trade and the ways that housebuilders can often try and deceive home buyers like you.

Our eye for attention to detail puts the confidence and purchasing power back in your hands. Our snag list is really a small price to pay for your perfect property.

All of our team have physical hands-on experience building homes.

To be professional snaggers, at Home Snagging UK, you must have one of the following: 20 years house building experience or residential construction-related degree and 10 years house building experience.

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We’re home snagging specialists with over 20 years of experience snagging new build homes. We identify construction defects, big or small, that your developer may have missed. We are fully qualified surveyors who work with our customers to make sure they get the perfect home.


Common Queries and Answers

Property snagging involves a thorough inspection of a newly built property to identify defects, poor workmanship, and issues that might not comply with building regulations. This process can uncover a wide range of problems, from minor cosmetic issues like scratches on surfaces and poor paint jobs to more serious concerns like faulty electrical fittings and improper installations. A professional snagging survey ensures that all these issues are documented and addressed before moving in, saving homeowners from future hassles.

Snagging should ideally be conducted after the completion of construction but before the property is occupied. This allows the builder to rectify any issues without disputes over potential occupant-caused damage. While snagging can be done post-completion, it’s best to have it completed early to avoid delays and additional costs. New homeowners in the UK have up to two years to identify and report snags.

Common snags in new properties often include:

  • Imperfect plasterwork around fittings
  • Poor grouting between tiles
  • Cracks and joints visible on walls and ceilings
  • Damaged window and door frames
  • Uneven stair treads
  • Paint splashes on units
  • Insufficient insulation on pipes and tanks
  • Mortar splashes on brickwork
  • Poorly laid turf

The time required to fix snags varies with the severity of the issue. Critical defects should be addressed immediately. Cosmetic issues might take longer, depending on the availability of materials and the developer’s schedule. Some snags can be resolved quickly, while others may take several weeks.

Yes, snagging can be performed after the property is completed and occupied. UK guidelines allow up to two years for homeowners to identify and report defects. However, conducting the snagging survey before moving in helps avoid conflicts over damage origins and ensures timely rectification.

Hiring a professional snagging inspector is highly recommended. These experts possess the necessary skills and experience to identify a wide range of issues that might be missed by an untrained eye. A professional inspection can save homeowners significant costs by ensuring all defects are documented and fixed by the developer.

The property developer is typically responsible for the cost of fixing snags identified in a new build. If snags are not reported within the stipulated time, the cost may fall on the homeowner. Therefore, it is crucial to submit a comprehensive snagging list early on.

The snagging period for new builds is two years from the completion date. During this time, developers must address any reported defects. It is advisable to conduct the snagging survey before moving in to avoid any disputes about damage origins.

Book your snagging inspection once all construction work is completed but ideally before moving in. If access before completion is denied, schedule the inspection immediately after completion. If your developer is registered with the New Homes Quality Board, you are entitled to a Pre-Completion Inspection.

If the property is not yet legally yours, the developer can restrict access. However, you have a legal interest in the property, and your solicitor can arrange access. Developers registered with the New Homes Quality Board must allow a Pre-Completion Inspection.

The number of defects found varies based on the property size and build quality. For a typical four-bedroom house, it’s common to find around 150 snags, but this can range from 50 to over 400.

If your completion date changes, contact your snagging inspector as soon as possible to reschedule the inspection.

es, you can perform a snagging survey yourself. However, professional snagging inspectors have the experience and knowledge to identify a wider range of issues. If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to research common snags and be thorough in your inspection to avoid missing critical defects that could lead to future problems​

A snagging report is a detailed document listing all the defects found during the inspection. This can include issues with external elements like brickwork, driveways, and gardens; internal elements such as doors, windows, and ironmongery; and functional checks on plumbing, electrical systems, and installed appliances. Photos and detailed descriptions are often included to ensure clarity and facilitate repairs​

The duration of a snagging inspection depends on the size and complexity of the property. Typically, it takes about an hour per room. For instance, a three-bedroom house might take approximately four to five hours to inspect thoroughly​

If your builder refuses to address the defects listed in the snagging report, you should persistently request the necessary repairs. If resistance continues, involving your warranty provider can help resolve the issues. Some snagging companies also offer additional support services to handle these disputes on your behalf​

Most snagging companies aim to deliver the snagging report within a few days of the inspection. For instance, some provide the report within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the volume of issues and the property’s size​

Snagging companies typically cover a wide geographical area. It’s important to check with the specific company to ensure they operate in your location. Many companies offer services across various regions and may be able to accommodate requests outside their standard areas​

While snagging inspections primarily focus on cosmetic and minor functional issues, inspectors are trained to spot potential structural problems. If any significant structural concerns are identified, they will be noted in the report for further investigation by a structural engineer​