At Holmes Property Inspections we offer our clients Leinster’s Premier Independent, Comprehensive and Cost Effective new home snag lists and new build inspection survey’s, each individually tailored to your property with a full written report including photos explaining all defects found. This great value service provides total peace of mind for all new home owners or potential property investors with a very efficient turn-around time across the North East of Leinster, Dublin, Louth, Meath & Kildare.
In reality, many properties simply aren’t completed to the high standard that you, the purchaser, rightly expect and deserve when buying your new home.
A snag list is an inventory of the things you are not happy with when a building project is finished, but in reality it’s anything but simple.
Snag list occurs in phases at the end of a building project and is essentially a ‘defects liability period’, where faults can be noted and subsequently put right or fixed by the builder. It is a necessary evil turned-to-good for the homeowner and a final closure for the builder that the job is finalized and accomplished to the highest standard.
Each house is different and each will have its own snags. Builders will typically “pre-snag” and find the most obvious issues which require attention. However, it is best practice to have your own independent inspection and snag list carried out to get an accurate professional perspective.
Q: When is the best time to get my ‘Snag List’ completed?
A: Ideally between contract exchange and pre-completion. We believe that the best time to get a snag list completed is before the release of the purchase monies, when the builders main aim will be to obtain the full purchase price.
We work solely in the best interest of our clients, providing you with a professional high quality service with a detailed report, from which the builder / developer can easily identify and rectify.
During the inspection Holmes Property Inspection will go through a our unique detailed checklist comprising of more than 400 item check points, identifying, documenting and photographing any defects in materials or workmanship encountered, all of which will be included in our report.
A “Snag list” and the term “Snagging” are the common expressions used within the building industry in Ireland to describe the detailed process of defect identification, rectification and resolution. On completion and submission of the snag list, the required works are attended to by the builder/ developer prior to closing of the sale.
For new build home snagging surveys in the Dublin area Holmes Property Inspection recommend snagging is carried out by one of our snagging inspectors a minimum of two weeks before the hand over / move in date, or at any time in the duration of the warranty period of an occupied property.
We work solely in the best interest of our clients, providing you with a professional high quality service with a detailed report, from which the builder or developer can easily identify and rectify any issues which may have been overlooked.
Never allow yourself to be unduly pressured by the builder into carrying out a Snag List prior to completion of the works. Builders or Developers often ask you to carry out the list weeks before the property is actually complete. Also a property should not be inspected if it has not been fully cleaned and ready to inspect. Dust and debris can cover defects. You should never ask the builder for a recommendation on who to use for a snag list as it creates a conflict of interests.
Don’t under-estimate the importance of a Snag List – it’s much more difficult to get defects addressed once you have taken ownership of your new home and later discover all those missed defects that would have been rectified on our Snag Inspection. It’s far better to get everything sorted before you finally sign contracts, pay over your money while you still have some leverage.
Our unique professional Snagging Service is available through our website.