NHQB Pre-completion Snagging Inspections

Ensure the highest quality in your new home before you seal the deal with our Pre-Completion (PCI) Snagging Inspections, specifically designed to identify defects or issues prior to legal completion.

What is a PCI Snagging Inspection?

A PCI Snagging Inspection is an evaluation of your new-build property performed before the legal completion. Our experienced and qualified snagging inspectors meticulously inspect your property to identify and document defects or incomplete work that might be present.

This process is crucial in catching potential issues before you officially take ownership, providing a valuable tool in negotiating with builders to rectify identified issues.

Your Inspection Report

Post-inspection, we provide you with a thorough, easy-to-understand report detailing all identified issues, complete with supporting photographs.

This report serves as a robust tool when discussing defects with your builder and ensuring they are adequately addressed before legal completion.

What We Inspect

Our team covers an extensive range of areas during the inspection, including, but not limited to, brickwork, external pipes and drains, garages, drives, and pathways, as well as internal components such as ceilings, walls, doors, appliances, loft spaces, and electrics.

Our Commitment to You

Our ultimate aim is to represent your interests and ensure you receive the high-quality home that you’ve paid for.

Our PCI Snagging Inspections are designed to provide peace of mind and to contribute to raising standards within the industry.

PCI snagging inspections are an invaluable step in the home buying process. They significantly reduce the risk of moving into a property with major faults or defects and aids in holding builders accountable for their work.

For more information about our Pre-Completion (PCI) Snagging Inspections, or to schedule an inspection, please get in touch with our team today.

Rest assured, with Brickkickers, you’re in safe hands.

Why Choose Brickkickers for Your PCI Snagging Inspection?

With over 15 years of experience and a nationwide network of construction and property professionals, Brickkickers brings unparalleled expertise to the PCI Snagging Inspection process.

Our inspectors are well-versed in the guidelines set by the New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) and are thoroughly trained to identify both obvious and subtle issues in new properties.

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Limitations of Pre Completion Snagging Inspections

A Pre-Completion (PCI) Inspection is a comprehensive review of a new property before the final purchase transaction is complete. While a PCI is an essential and beneficial process in ensuring the quality of your new home, there are certain limitations that you should be aware of:

Inspection Timing

A PCI occurs before the home is fully completed. This means certain features, finishes, or systems might not yet be installed or operational at the time of inspection. Therefore, some defects may not become apparent until after the property is occupied.

Influence Over Builders

While the snagging report provided after the inspection can be a valuable tool in negotiating with builders to fix defects, the extent to which these defects are addressed depends on the builder’s willingness to act.

Hidden Defects

As thorough as they are, PCIs can’t guarantee the identification of every single defect. Some issues, particularly those within walls, under floors, or in other inaccessible areas, may not be detectable until after completion and occupation.

Non-structural Elements

While a PCI snagging inspection does cover a wide range of potential defects, there are certain non-structural elements, such as cosmetic issues, that may not be included in the NHQB guidelines for pre-completion inspections.

Limitation by NHQB Guidelines

The New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) guidelines govern the PCI process. The inspection is limited to the requirements of these guidelines, and it may not cover every minor issue or fault that a homeowner might be concerned about.

Assessment of Durability

A PCI snagging inspection is a snapshot at a particular point in time. While it can identify obvious faults, it cannot predict how fixtures, fittings, or structural elements will perform or wear over time.

Read more about the differences between PCI and standard snagging inspections in our detailed guide here.

While these limitations exist, it’s important to note that a pre-completion snagging inspection is still an invaluable step in the home buying process, reducing the likelihood of moving into a property with significant faults or defects.