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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is snagging?

Snagging is the process of picking up defects (snags) within a property. Generally referring to new build homes.

What is the benefit of hiring a professional snagging company?

Although anybody can complete a snagging service, that doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing. To put this into context. Anybody could take a look at a car prior to purchase. However, only a mechanic or someone with expert knowledge could ensure the car is in working order to purchase. We use our knowledge, experience and equipment to ensure your home is professionally inspected and look at all parts of the property to help ensure you are getting exactly what you paid for from your developer.

When is the best time to have a snagging inspection completed?

Inspections can provide the consumer with the most leverage if taken place just before completion. However, in order to provide the most value and inspect the property properly, it’s important that the builder has completed all of their own snagging and the property has been cleaned and protective films have been removed etc. Some developers do not allow access to the property prior to completion. In this case, we recommend having the inspection completed just after your completion. We can complete the inspection on your property up to 2 years after completion as this is still within the warranty period. This allows the building to settle and defects to appear which may not be apparent at the earlier stages.

How long does the snagging inspection take to complete?

The length in which the snagging inspection survey takes to complete depends on a number of factors. Firstly, the size of the property and secondly the quality of the build. The average time to complete the inspection of a 4-bed house is 4 – 7 hours. For a 2-bedroom apartment 1.5 – 3 hours. We do not charge per hour, so the price is set regardless of the time taken to complete the inspection.

How many defects (snags) do you usually find?

This totally depends on the size and the level of quality of the property. The average number of defects picked up both minor and major ranges from an average of 150 – 300 defects for a standard 4-bed property. In the past, we have picked up as little as 50 and as much as 400+.

What is included in the snagging inspection survey?

We take time to look at all parts of the property that can be visually accessed. These include things such as cosmetic issues, plumbing (leaks), electrical (faults & compliance) and external finishing. We also help ensure your property is compliant with technical standards and building regulations. As part of our package, we conduct a thermal imaging survey to help ensure your home is insulated and heated correctly. Our aim is to ensure your property is the quality you were promised and expected.

Why pick housescan over other snagging companies?

There are a number of things that set us apart from the rest. Unlike most other snagging inspection companies, we inspect all parts of your property including your loft and garages. We also complete a thermal imaging survey to help ensure your home is insulated and heating correctly. Not only that but our prices are very competitive, and we have one set snagging inspection survey with no hidden costs. All of our inspectors have also worked for housebuilders or have degrees related to residential construction as well as intense training related to defect prevention and correction.

Does the inspection include a structural survey?

A snagging inspection survey does not involve an intensive structural survey. We check items visually and if structural aspects look to be out of building standards tolerance they will be noted in the report. To confirm such issues a structural survey completed by a surveyor would need to take place. They purely concentrate on structural issues and have specialised equipment to check things such as brickwork bowing/deviation etc.

Do you offer a discount for multiple bookings?

Yes, we do! Get in touch with the number of properties you wish to have inspected. Whether you have purchased multiple properties yourself or want to join up with a neighbour or friend. We can create a bespoke package just for you.

Do you offer a service for developers?

Yes! We offer an individual service to independent builders who wish to ensure their properties are of a premium quality.

Ensure your home is built to the quality you were promised

Get in touch with our team to find out how a HouseScan inspection can help you on your New Build Journey

Email: contact@housescan.co.uk & Phone: 01163184004

Customer Reviews

See What Our Customers Say

A new build must! As a first time new build buyer I was incredibly nervous about the snagging stage - the peace of mind that comes from having a professional do a thorough inspection is priceless. HouseScan took the time to explain all of the snags to me and was brilliant at reassuring me. The report was incredibly prompt and detailed with photographs and thermal images which clearly outline what needs to be fixed.

Laura M

Trust Pilot Review
HouseScan have been a pleasure to deal with. They were professional, efficient and very knowledgable. Our inspector spent around 4-5 hours at our property checking every little area of our house. He picked up things we hadn't even noticed living there for a month. The report was ready less than 24 hours after the inspection. Great service and would recommend to anyone. Thank you. 🙂

Susan K

Trust Pilot Review
I recently purchased a new build and was finding odd issues here and there on a weekly basis. The builders then moved on to a new build and I was left with no one to reach out to regarding the issues. To take things to the next level I checked for a snagging survey company, checked on the reviews in Trust Pilot and boom I found housescan! Wow where do I begin! The team was awesome, so professional and helpful. The quality of my reports amazing. Now the challenge begins, but this time I’m not just armed with words, I have a super weapon and they are going to take note.

Georgie S

Trust Pilot Review