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    New build home snagging report?

    We moved in not our place 19 months ago and are keen to get any defects that are not obvious to the layman sorted out by the developer before the end of their 2 year liability period. Happy to pay for a report, if only for peace of mind.

    Has anyone commissioned a professional snagging report and can recommmend a firm or surveyor? We are in South Gloucestershire.

    Thanks.

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    A homebuyer's report maybe useful. It depends on what you want them to check and how much you want to pay. I just had a structural survey done on a property I am selling. As the structure was steel I wanted a steel specialist. The report I wanted was for the structure but also covered the roof, fascias, soffits, floor etc etc. Things is though is if they can't see something then they can't report on it. Yours sounds more like a snagging report however there could still be structural issues perhaps on a minor scale such as hairline cracks in the brickwork, mortar etc which will be highlighted. I have a keen eye for these things but my surveyor even pointed out a hairline crack on a piece of coving in a bedroom. If I had filled it with some decorators filler he wouldn't have seen it !!

    If you don't have any apparent issues in the brickwork on the house, have a look at the inner walls of the garage where any block meets brick. It's usually a good sign of settlement between the two different brick types, also where render meets brick. My son recently bought a house and not sure what planet the building society surveyor was on but he certainly didn't check the basics that they are supposed to. Hot Water cylinder leaking and had a rag over the joint where it's leaking. Easily visible and slightly blown ceiling in kitchen below was a telltale. Water wouldn't drain away in the bathroom sink. Shower broken. Garage door wouldn't lock. Crack in breeze block wall where attached garage joins the house. There was a few other things as well which any RICS surveyor worth his salt should have spotted even on just a valuation report.

    Get some info from any local chartered surveyors. You will get what you pay for. Where I live a homebuyers report is about £500.00 same as a structural report.

    Complain to the Managing Director of the firm that has done the work and let them know that you will use social media to it's full effect to name and shame the company. In this social media world firms don't like to be shamed as they have a brand to protect so set a reasonable timescale for them to do the work and you will see them spring into action.

    I did this years ago (before social media) and I'd asked the Sales Director for the company to meet me at the premises to go over all the snagging they had failed to fix they even threw in some extra kitchen units and fitted a patio for me at no extra cost. If you hit them were it hurts i.e. hurting potential new sales then they will sit up and take notice.

    What exactly are you looking to have remedied? Was there anything the initial survey highlighted which is outstanding? I'm assuming this is a new build. Normally if you have a problem the builders will fix it. Did you not do a snagging report when you moved in? I'm not entirely sure what you are looking for.

    jasondluk

    Complain to the Managing Director of the firm that has done the work and … Complain to the Managing Director of the firm that has done the work and let them know that you will use social media to it's full effect to name and shame the company. In this social media world firms don't like to be shamed as they have a brand to protect so set a reasonable timescale for them to do the work and you will see them spring into action. I did this years ago (before social media) and I'd asked the Sales Director for the company to meet me at the premises to go over all the snagging they had failed to fix they even threw in some extra kitchen units and fitted a patio for me at no extra cost. If you hit them were it hurts i.e. hurting potential new sales then they will sit up and take notice.


    theres no naming and shaming, he wants to check every thing is ok.
    no need to jump to top of the company before finding anything is wrong and asking the right people correct it

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    mrwhitelabel

    theres no naming and shaming, he wants to check every thing is ok.no need … theres no naming and shaming, he wants to check every thing is ok.no need to jump to top of the company before finding anything is wrong and asking the right people correct it



    Yes. This!

    Electrical check is good to do. Easy for a layman to miss something (I had a socket wired up incorrectly but never used until the day I plugged a new dishwasher in. It fried the dishwasher controls -didn't blow a trip switch (circuit breaker). A very good idea to get a report done, the only problem I see it's if you get a builder to do it he will spot any construction 'snags' plus any general snags. Likewise, if you get a plumber to do it he will spot the plumbing snags plus any general snags..etc etc. I don't know if there is anyone who covers all trades - now there's a business idea for dragons den.

    jasondluk

    Complain to the Managing Director of the firm that has done the work and … Complain to the Managing Director of the firm that has done the work and let them know that you will use social media to it's full effect to name and shame the company. In this social media world firms don't like to be shamed as they have a brand to protect so set a reasonable timescale for them to do the work and you will see them spring into action. I did this years ago (before social media) and I'd asked the Sales Director for the company to meet me at the premises to go over all the snagging they had failed to fix they even threw in some extra kitchen units and fitted a patio for me at no extra cost. If you hit them were it hurts i.e. hurting potential new sales then they will sit up and take notice.


    Did you actually read the opening post or understand it???

    Took you 19month?

    Snags are normally done right after construction has completed.
    Not after 2 years of use

    JEEZ, the OP is asking a very simple question. He wants to get a report done on his house to ensure that everything is as it should be before the builders liabilty to rectify any problems or even potential problems ceases.

    As previously suggested I do not think there is anyone person/Company that will cover everything (I could be wrong though). The only option I can see is to employ a registered professional in each field (plumbing, gas, building etc) to do a survey and compile a report that he/she is willing to stand up in court for.

    if you were to buy this property today you would get a full survey carried out to satisfy yourself it was worth buying. the survey should cover full structural survey and anything in particular you want them to investigate. So go to your local RICS and see what they can do for you. I'm sure they will have a website.

    skylinedude

    JEEZ, the OP is asking a very simple question. He wants to get a report … JEEZ, the OP is asking a very simple question. He wants to get a report done on his house to ensure that everything is as it should be before the builders liabilty to rectify any problems or even potential problems ceases.As previously suggested I do not think there is anyone person/Company that will cover everything (I could be wrong though). The only option I can see is to employ a registered professional in each field (plumbing, gas, building etc) to do a survey and compile a report that he/she is willing to stand up in court for.


    This is good advice...

    I know a carpenter who went round a new build with his friend, the carpenter spotted many, many things that the owner didn't. Even slight differences between materials used when they were meant to be the same.

    Weird thing about House survey's and Surveyors though, not sure if I got a lazy one lol but they will not lift carpets, they will not enter roof space etc, they will not do anything that a normal house buyer would expect to have done and be checked. To top that off, they cover themselves with legal jargon so they cannot be held liable.

    Bought my house 3 years ago, surveyor did not check the roof internally, guess what, I have a leaking roof. Nothing I can do apart from get it repaired.

    I'm a little older than most on here but a builder all the same. firstly you should have a house builders federation guarantee . ask the builder to remedy any concerns you have, most genuine builders will sort any problems you have but go in with all guns blazing and you will probably get a flats get lost .
    however under the guarantee you can sue the builder but anything under about £300 isn't worth bothering with as it will cost you that via the federation.
    be nice explain your concerns and make them a culpa, you will be surprised how nice builders are. its the way you approach it like everything in life i guess.
    good luck

    skylinedude

    Weird thing about House survey's and Surveyors though, not sure if I got … Weird thing about House survey's and Surveyors though, not sure if I got a lazy one lol but they will not lift carpets, they will not enter roof space etc, they will not do anything that a normal house buyer would expect to have done and be checked. To top that off, they cover themselves with legal jargon so they cannot be held liable. Bought my house 3 years ago, surveyor did not check the roof internally, guess what, I have a leaking roof. Nothing I can do apart from get it repaired.


    If you paid for a basic survey they wouldn't. You need to pay for the more detailed version and they'll be much more inclined to get their hands dirty..

    Saying that, a leaking roof isn't something that would likely come up depending on how obvious it was at the time of the survey. It's wear and tear...

    Also, in most instances the survey is done for the benefit of the mortgage companies to basically confirm if the house is worth 'about' what it states so if everything goes belly up they can get their money back.
    Edited by: "ipswich78" 17th Jan

    oops my bad , I should put on my specs before answering ... my mistake
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    ipswich78

    Did you actually read the opening post or understand it???


    So yes as a lot of people have said, a chartered surveyor or even a local builder who has experience of home building should be able to provide the info you need.

    Others can confirm but I thought the NHBA warranty on structural defects applied and that's for something like 10 or 20 years, can't quite remember for how long. If you got all documentation from the previous owner then it may be there you'll find that guarantee.

    Google "snagging surveys". £400 seems to be about the going rate.

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    jasondluk

    So yes as a lot of people have said, a chartered surveyor or even a local … So yes as a lot of people have said, a chartered surveyor or even a local builder who has experience of home building should be able to provide the info you need. Others can confirm but I thought the NHBA warranty on structural defects applied and that's for something like 10 or 20 years, can't quite remember for how long. If you got all documentation from the previous owner then it may be[quote=jasondluk]So yes as a lot of people have said, a chartered surveyor or even a local builder who has experience of home building should be able to provide the info you need. Others can confirm but I thought the NHBA warranty on structural defects applied and that's for something like 10 or 20 years, can't quite remember for how long. If you got all documentation from the previous owner then it may be there you'll find that guarantee.



    Jason, sometimes better to not try to help, if you don't read the question or understand the subject! Thanks for the effort though!! It's NHBC, who guarantee for 10 years, however, the first 2 years are covered by the developer, who we purchased the property off.

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    paul123edwards

    Google "snagging surveys". £400 seems to be about the going rate.



    Yep, thanks Paul, I'm good with google, but was hoping for a recommendation.
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