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Snags to Look for when Buying New Build Homes

New build homes offer many benefits, from no onward chains to open spaces new builds have a great appeal to buyers. However, without a snagging list, a new build home can reveal costly defects and structural problems which the future homeowner may not pick up at first. If you’re not sure what you need to look for, here are some of the most common snags found in newly built homes.

 

Doors and Windows

The last thing you want on the day of moving is to find out your new home has faulty windows or a broken front door. Unfortunately, internal and external doors may be scratched during the development process of the house. The major problem comes with a poorly fitted window that can let in cold air and lose you money when it comes to heating the home. 

 

Our snagging experts are equipped with thermal imaging cameras. The thermal camera allows us to check your doors, windows, heating system for cold air ingress, and thermal bridging. This saves you the worry of having to replace doors and windows, especially if you have a new build warranty cover. 

 

Brickwork Pointing

Another issue with new build homes can be brickwork pointing. This over a course of time can lead to problems such as dampness, frost damage and water ingress. This should be covered in your structural insurance period when you buy the home. However, it is always important to spot these things early with a good snagging list to show the developer. 

 

Loft Insulation Problems

One of the most common issues with newly built homes is their lost insulation. It could be fitted incorrectly, or even missing completely. But one thing is for sure, it isn’t cheap to replace or fix. 

 

Blocked Guttering 

Blocked gutters, if left, can cause rainwater to go back up under your roof leaving you with internal problems such as leaks and mould from debris. All our inspections include aerial photography so we can see a bird’s eye view of the roof, tiles, guttering, windows, flashings and much more. All of which are included in your report with photo evidence.

 

How We Can Help

At Home Snagging, our experts have a keen eye and pay attention to the small details, meaning they often pick up on the snags that your property developer may have missed. Our reports ensure that your new home is built as you were promised, thanks to our training in defect prevention and consistent finish guides. With over 20 years of experience, we are a snagging company you can trust. Get in touch with our experts today by filling out our online enquiry form, or you can call us on 01302 961111. Follow us on Instagram for all of our new build homes snagging tips!

We provide Home Snagging Inspections in…

Barnsley

Beverley

Birmingham

Chester

Chesterfield

Coventry

Derby

Dewsbury

Doncaster

Grantham

Grimsby

Huddersfield

Hull

Huntingdon

Leeds

Leicester 

Lincoln

Manchester

Mansfield

Newcastle

Nottingham

Peterborough

Rotherham

Scunthorpe

Sheffield

Shrewsbury

Stoke

Telford

Wakefield

Warwick

Wolverhampton

Worksop

York

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.