Frequently Asked Questions

A snagging inspection report ensures that the builder pays for the defects in your new home. . . and not you!

What is snagging?

At the time of or just before building work has been completed on a property, it is common for short comings and imperfections to occur. We call these a “Snag”.

An example of this could be a door incorrectly fitted, wall tiles not aligned, a scratch on a window or something more serious.

What is a snagging list?

Exactly as it sounds, a snagging list or “punch list” is compiled from all the defects found within a new build property. These “snags” could be minor or major issues.

During a house inspection, a snagger will write down anything they find not up to standards to give to the new homeowner.

What is a snagging inspection?

A snagging inspection is conducted to establish defects that need to be rectified within a house. It is the inspector’s duty to highlight anything that falls below a set benchmark of standards for workmanship, anything not completed to specification, and anything that breaches building regulations.

What is a snagging report?

Similar to a snagging list, a snagging report will show any defects present in the new build house for the construction team and the new homeowner.

The report is the last step in the process, finalising the issues found in the property and writing them up in document form.

When should we undertake a snagging inspection?

At the time the property is finished, and when you exchange contracts is the ideal time. However, many builders will not allow access until after completion. Therefore as soon as possible after completion is recommended.

In addition, you may want to consider an inspection just before the end of your 2 year building defects liability period.

Why is snagging important?

With many contractors cutting corners for new build houses, snagging is important to reduce the chances of major construction issues occurring within your home. It ensures you get the most out of your new property investment and will improve the home environment.

How long is the snagging period?

The snagging period takes place two weeks before practical completion, when a contractor deems the property finished and ready for any inspections.

Within this time, snaggers are allowed to inspect a new build for defects or imperfections.

When does my builder have to fix snags by?

Once a new-build property is deemed complete, a builder has two years from that date to fix any reported snags, regardless of whether you’ve moved in or not. However, if you have, a builder may hold you responsible for any issues or defects if they were not previously outlined. We recommend getting a snagging report as soon as possible to increase the long-run quality of your home.