Do you know what the snagging time limit is for a new property? In this blog, we analyse what the time limits are on snagging for new builds so that you know what is required for your new home.

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Is there a timeline on snagging?

The answer is yes, there is a time limit on snagging, you have the first two years to submit your snagging list to your builder and then the next eight with your warranty provider for any structural issues. However, this can vary depending on who your warranty provider is. 

That is the quick answer, it works like this. Once you have taken legal completion your builder is likely to insist on you submitting a snagging list within the first seven days. However, do not panic – this is part of your builder’s procedures to get you handed over to customer care purely for the site manager’s benefit.

Your warranty period

The details of your snagging timeline will be highlighted within your customer handover pack and your builders new home guide. 

It is very important that you read and understand your warranty like any other insurance policy so that you know what you are covered for and any timelines you must adhere to. Understand exactly what your warranty covers you for – for instance, it will not cover you for general wear and tear. Your policy will start on the date on your certificate, not on the date you moved in.

Once your defects period is up with your builder, it is unlikely that they would carry out any further snagging for you unless it is an ongoing issue. The remainder of your warranty is now with your warranty provider for any structural issues up to the end of your warranty period.

What to look for

Once you have moved into your new house it is important to know that there is no difference between a snag and a defect. Basically, they are the same – a snag is just the term used within the industry. They both mean a fault or imperfection and these can be minor or, in some cases, major defects.

Within your customer handover pack or your builders new home guide, there might be a list of what is and is not a defect. This is important, as it will give you an idea of what to look for. Understanding what a defect or snag is will help you understand what your builder will rectify and what he will not, this can save you a lot of stress and anxiety.

How to conduct your snagging report on time

Within your first two years, you can give your builder any number of snagging lists. However, we would advise putting a comprehensive list together instead of bombarding them with each snag. Don’t give your builder daily lists. Instead, put several snags together then submit them. This will make it easier to organise the necessary trades and save you having to organise days where you need to be available.

To make the process easier for you and so that you don’t miss any defects, it is recommended that you engage the services of a professional snagger. Professional snagging is the most cost-effective way of making sure your brand-new home has been built to the current building regulations and standards. This will be money well spent and is sure to give you peace of mind.

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