THE 12 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY OUR CLIENTS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF
1- WHAT IS SNAGGING?
You would think that a new build property should be perfect, but often a new home does not equal flawless, and new build properties are well known for having defects, also known as snags, caused by poor workmanship. Snagging is an inspection of your newly build villa or flat to identify defects that the developer/Contractor needs to rectify. The snagging inspection will inspect anything that falls below high standards of workmanship, anything not completed to specification, and anything that breaches building regulations. If you spot any defects in your home, it’s up to you to report them to your developer/Previous Owner. You can compile your own list but it is highly recommended to hire a professional company to do so.
2- WHAT IS A SNAG?
A snag is a defect found on your property after building work has been completed. A snag is typically something that is damaged or broken, not fitted properly, or unfinished. Most snags are minor and cosmetic, such as a scratch on a window, a missing door hinge, or a crack on a work surface – however, if not rectified, these minor fixes can worsen into more serious and expensive issues in the future. What’s more, snags can also be more severe issues or as called Major such as Leakages, AC issues, and violations of building regulations and technical standards. Inspectors comply with local regulations to ensure all snags, minor and major, are picked up
3- WHAT IS A SNAGGING REPORT ?
A snagging report is a list of snags or defects found in your new build property that need to be rectified by the Developer/ Previous Owner before you move in. You will give this report to them to work through and fix the errors
4- WHO SHOULD GET A SNAGGING INSPECTION?
Anyone buying a New/Old Villa or flat will benefit from a snagging inspection. It can ensure you save money in the long run by preventing defects from worsening down the line. Most importantly, it ensures you get the home you paid for and were promised.
5- DO I REALLY NEED A SNAGGING INSPECTION ?
Yes, you really do need a snagging survey. In fact, having a snagging survey completed is more important than ever – and our team finds an average of 150+ defects in new build Villas. Due to the rising demand for new build properties, Contractors are under more pressure to complete the build quickly, which increases the likeliness of human error and a drop in standards. There is a shortage of skilled traders to compete with the demand, and as a result, quality suffers due to poor workmanship and poor equipment. Hence, you need a survey to find these faults and have them corrected to ensure your property is of the high standard you were promised.
6- WHAT WILL A SNAGGING INSPECTION LOOK FOR?
The snagging inspection will look for a variety of different defects to ensure your property is the quality you were promised and expected. It will inspect inside and outside your property, checking, paintwork, groundworks, garages, driveways, gardens, fences, roof, ceilings, above false ceilings and Bulkheads, walls, tiles, grouting, windows, doors, Sanitary & plumbing, electrics, electrical wiring, electrical sockets, stairs, floors, skirting boards, ACs internal and External units, Ventilation, pipes, kitchens, kitchen equipment, bathrooms, appliances, Carpentry, Joinery, loft, toilets, units, worktops, and cupboards. It will check for everything and anything from cracks, damages, and high-quality finishes, decorative defects in woodwork, paint, and tiling, chips and scratches in surfaces and glass, to checking that all appliances, plug sockets, lighting, and AC are working, taps and showers are not leaking, surfaces are level and clean, fittings are fit properly and working correctly, and doors and windows open and close properly
7- WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A SNAGGING INSPECTION?
You should have a snagging inspection carried out when your property is completely finished and before you move in. This allows the developer to complete works before you move in. In some rare cases, your developer can refuse access to your property until you have moved in. If this is the case, you should have the report carried out as soon as possible after receiving the keys, and you have 1 year from the completion date to report any defects to the Developer/Contractor who must legally fix them as part of your warranty within the defect liability period.
8- WHY SHOULD I USE YOUR SERVICES ?
Our Company has carried out snagging inspections for more than 500+ customers across UAE with a wide range of properties and contractors, so we know exactly what to look for and the ways contractors can try to deceive owners. Our experienced surveyors all have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in construction and use high tech equipment to compile the most comprehensive reports available, covering every detail of a building, inside and out. Our Inspection offerings also include lifetime support and advice.
9- WHY USE A PROFESSIONAL SNAGGING COMPANY?
A professional snagging company, like ours, has a trained eye for detail and knows exactly what to look for in a property and what can go wrong during a build. Professionals have the experience, knowledge, equipment, and expertise to find all defects and provide a much more comprehensive report to ensure you are getting exactly what you paid for. In Simple words, a professional company will save you a lot of time and hassle
10- HOW DOES THE SNAGGING INSPECTION WORK?
During your snagging inspection, the snagging inspector will walk around your property and make notes of all the defects they find. Once it has been completed, you will receive their report and then contact the developer/ Previous owner with your snagging report which they will work through to rectify all faults.
11- HOW LONG DOES THE SNAGGING INSPECTION TAKE TO COMPLETE?
How long your snagging inspection will take to complete depends on the size of your property and the quality of the build. The average time to complete an inspection of a 4-bed Villa is 2-3 hours. A 2-bedroom apartment will typically take around 1-2 hours.
12- WHAT IS DE-SNAGGING?
A de-snagging report is performed after the first snagging report has been carried out and the Contractor has corrected the original defects found from your snagging report. De-snagging is checking that all defects from the original snagging report have been rectified by the contractor to a high standard and that nothing has been further damaged during the works and the quality of the remedial works have been completed to the correct standard.