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Snagging survey

Renovations & extensions snagging survey

Have you recently had significant work carried out at home? If your project has been left unfinished, you are unhappy with the quality of workmanship or would like a second opinion then we can help. Our 

inspectors have years of construction experience and will be able to follow your order of works to determine what has or has not been carried out to an acceptable standard.

You will receive a detailed report within 48 hours of the survey.

We can advise you on how best to move forwards to bring your project to the correct finished standard as well as offering to deal directly with your builder / contractor on your behalf. 

New build snagging survey

Although your new build property should have passed building regulations as well as coming with a structural warranty from an approved insurance policy provider this does not mean the property is finished to an acceptable standard both internally and externally. It is your house builders responsibility to check and fix any cosmetic defects before you complete on the sale but it is very likely a lot is missed, In fact, the average new build property we survey has 150 snags.​

What's covered?

  • Thermal image analysis (optional extra) Additional £250.00

  • Internal joinery, woodwork and ironmongery

  • Dry lining, plastering and paint work finishes

  • Applications of sealants and mastic

  • Sanitaryware, ceramics, showers and baths

  • Plumbing, heating and hot water systems

  • Electrical outlets, switches, lights and consumer units

  • Kitchen installation, kitchen appliances, fixtures and fittings

  • Windows and doors, glazing and cills

  • Boundaries, walls, fencing and gates

  • Hard and soft landscaping

  • Driveways and footpaths

  • Brickwork, masonry, render, mortar and openings

  • Guttering, downpipes and boiler outlets

  • Waste outlets

  • External sealants and mastic

  • Garage / out building 

  • Meter box, man holes, inspection chambers

  • Roof tiles, ridge, verge and eaves

  • Soffit and fascia boards

  • Porches, canopies 

What is a snag?

A snag is a small defect or problem that remains in your property after the building work has been completed. It is typically  something that is damaged or broken, not fitted properly or looks unfinished. Most are cosmetic. However more serious defects can arise such as large structural cracks, drainage issues or electrical problems.

When is the best time to have a snagging survey?

When the property is completely finished and ready to move in to and before exchanging contracts with your house builder is the ideal time. This is often not possible as house builders can refuse to give you access to the property before completion. For that reason the majority of surveys take place once you move in to your new build.

You have two years from your completion date to report any defects, including cosmetic ones to your house builder which they are legally obliged to fix as part of your property's warranty which    typically lasts for ten years.

What are the main advantages of a snagging survey?

  • Early detection of defects

  • Enhanced quality control

  • Improved safety

  • Cost and time savings

  • Legal protection

  • Piece of mind


A professional inspector is likely to spot more defects than a home owner. For an additional fee we can re-check the corrective work to ensure it is completed to ma satisfactory level, make sure more damage has not been caused and offer further on going support.

Snagging survey costs

Renovation and extension surveys including landscaping surveys are available throughout the UK. Due to the large variations in projects and build stages, prices for this service are on a £POA basis.​

Price structure for new build Snagging surveys are as below, typically we cover an area of 65 miles from our Sherborne, Dorset office but occasionally travel further afield. 

All prices include VAT.

  • 1-3 bed apartment £375.00

  • 1-2 bed coach house £400.00

  • 1-2 bed house £425.00

  • 3 bed house £475.00

  • 4 bed house £525.00

  • 5 bed house £575.00

  • 6 bed plus £POA

How to book your survey

Get in touch via our online enquiry form and one of our team will call you to take your booking or deal with your enquiry.

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