About Us

In the industry since 1975

Over 40 years experience in the housing industry

Ian started working in the house building industry as an apprentice Carpenter over 47 years ago and has held a managerial role for several of the largest national house builders for 41 of those years at a senior level for over 20 years.

Over this time, Ian has amassed a wealth of knowledge and a practical understanding of the industry, having achieved numerous qualifications, including NHBC, Pride in the Job Awards, along with other industry accolades, and qualifications (CEnv, FCIOB, MCABE, MAPM) and recently becoming a member of the Residential Property Surveyors association ensuring our credibility.

Having seen a continual decline within the house building industry, particularly, how quality, standards and materials have deteriorated, partly due to a lack of trades and the volume of newly built houses increasing in line with government numbers.

Ian made the decision in 2018 to set up his own professional snagging company. Having professionally snagged newly built houses for 41 years, he has the knowledge and experience to ensure newly built house buyers protect their investments and give peace of mind.

We pride ourselves on honest reporting, ensuring the defects we find are rectified by your builder. We do not inflate our reports with issues that are not going to be fixed.

We’re Expanding

Due to the demands of the housing market and the ongoing poor quality of newly built homes across the UK, in 2021 the decision was made to open a new office in Bristol which will be managed by Sean Lively.

The opening of this office allows Lively Professional Services to provide professional snagging services across the South West of the UK. This includes counties such as Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Monmouthshire.

Sean has a background in design and has run his own successful business in Bristol for over eight years working with small to medium sized businesses in the local area.

Having a great eye for detail and a desire to ensure you enjoy your new home to the fullest, Sean has gained the knowledge & experience to carry out snagging surveys and will begin carrying out snagging inspections in August 2022.

We are pleased to say, Lively Professional Services are becoming one of the country’s leading professional snagging companies covering the North and South West of the UK including major cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol.


North West Coverage

South West Coverage


The most professional service we have received on our new build journey. Ian was quick and easy to book and he was very accommodating as we live far from the property.

I received the extremely detailed but easy to understand report within hours of the snagging completion. I 100% recommend you use Ian.

Clementine Lawson

Ian is highly professional and knowledgeable in his field, this is evident in how he carries out the inspection and points out to you details that you would not have thought about or even noticed. The report is highly detailed with photographs and enabled us to provide our house builder with the list of snags at the earliest stage so that we can engage with them while trades are onsite. I would recommend Ian to provide a snagging report as my first choice.

Ivan Buckle

As first time buyers we were unsure what to expect when it came to new builds and snagging. We were recommended Lively Professional Services on our community group page and they have been brilliant. They fitted in round our schedule and mess of boxes and produced a really thorough report for us to send to our builders. Sean even took the time to talk through the report and reassure us about how easy our issues would be to rectify. Snagging is definitely worth doing and I couldn't recommend Sean and Lively Proffessional Services enough!

Lucy Cad

Our first home being a new build property we wanted to have the best experience possible. We contacted Lively Professional Services LTD and received a phone call the same day to book our appointment. Communication was excellent! Sean was very thorough and put us at ease, he spoke through all the snags with us and provided an emailed list as well as hard copies for us to keep. A very friendly and professional service that I would not hesitate to recommend. Thanks again!

Hannah Everett

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Head Office

10 Bridge Mews, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3JW

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