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Why do you need a snag list?

When buying a new build, there are a huge number of costs associated with the purchase and then with decorating and furnishing the house after you move in.

Because of this, it can ve very tempting to save money on your snag list and maybe even try to snag the property yourself. Although a snag list is not a legal requirement, there are a few very good reasons as to why this is a bad idea!

Let's go through why!

What is a snag list?

A snag list is an inspection of a new build house or apartment to ensure that the property is in perfect condition, finished to a high standard and meets building regulations before the builder hands it over to you.

  • It makes sure that the property is finished to a high standard, including all paintwork, woodwork, build quality, bathroom installations etc.

  • It makes sure that the building work is actually complete.

  • It makes sure the services (like light and water) work.

  • It makes sure all health and safety regulations are complied with.

  • It makes sure other building regulations are met.

Out of all of these elements, most people with an eagle eye may be able to detail all of the issues with the finish (paint, plaster, woodword etc.), but how well do you know Ireland's building regulations and in particular the health and safety ones?

Common Issues Found on Snag Lists

The most common issues found are of course related to the quality of the finish. Some examples of these are;

  • Chipped or incomplete paintwork

  • Missing skirting boards

  • Badly fitted woodwork

  • Paint on windows/mirrors

  • Missing vent covers

  • Sockets/Switches/Fixtures not securely fixed to walls

Apart from that, there are also a number of serious issues which could result in damage to the property or inefficiencies with heating. These can include;

  • Missing or inadequate insulation in the attic

  • Inadequate ventilation

  • Badly fitted gutters or downpipes

Possibly the worst are issues that can potentially cause risk to you or your family. Some of these include;

  • Upstairs windows not to regulation size, or not fully opening.

  • Missing or badly installed fire detection systems

  • Lack of fire doors in required locations.

Who conducts a snag list?

At all of our snag lists are complete by qualified, experienced and insured surveyors/engineers. Because of this they don't just have an eagle eye to pick up the finish details, but they are also experts in building and health and safety regulations.

So don't take any risks with your new build! Get a snag list and get the peace of mind that your new home is up to the standard you deserve.


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