Fundamentally, no home is flawless. This is true even for brand new houses. Human error is always possible. Although most homes for sale in Dubai are built with high standards of quality, safety, and design in mind, many things can be overlooked during construction.
If you are like us, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises on move-in day. The final quality check will ensure there are no setbacks at the last minute.
Snagging is a term you may have heard before. As the property handover nears, you’re probably hearing it more often. Having neglected it in the past, it’s time you started paying attention to it now.
What is the process of snagging?
Snagging, also known as a snagging survey, is the final inspection of a newly constructed home, especially an off-plan property, to look for flaws, omissions, or shoddy workmanship known as snags before final sign-off. It serves as a final check to ensure that your home is in perfect working order, as well as a notification to the developer of any defective, broken, or unfinished items.
There could be issues with the property’s air conditioning, electrical, or plumbing systems, as well as any structural or civil defects. Minor cosmetic problems can develop into major structural problems. Some examples include flaking or uneven painting, ill-fitting doors and windows, and defective appliances and fixtures.
Is it necessary to snag?
Purchasing a home is a significant financial investment. Most likely, you bought the house with a mortgage and had to make monthly payments. That is reason enough to avoid unnecessary spending, especially if it is something you can avoid.
Snagging is an example of this. While they may seem like minor faults, they can create more serious problems and result in larger repair bills down the line.
Some snags are easy to spot; others are inconspicuous. This is especially true for homeowners who are not planning on occupying the property right away. This is because some issues only surface after move-in day. At which point, developers may no longer accept rectifications. As a result, new homeowners are left with no choice but to shoulder the expense themselves.
So before signing off, the onus is on you to cast a critical eye and ensure that your home is not only well built as per the agreed standards but safe and structurally sound as well. Snagging is well worth the investment, and it is crucial to place it on your priority list.
What should go on your snagging list?
Knowing as much as possible about the items to inspect can make the process go more smoothly. This is where a snagging list comes in handy to ensure you don’t forget any important items or areas to thoroughly inspect. The following are essential items to include on your snagging list:
- Components of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
- Cooling system
- All sockets and switches are included in the lighting system.
- Water heaters, pumps, and faucets
- Windows and doors
- Cabinets are a type of furniture that is used
- Hinges and locks
- Civil and structural engineering
- Ceramic tiling
- Sloping in bathrooms
- External and internal walls
- Appliances (if applicable)
- White goods, including the refrigerator, washing machine, dishwashers, etc.
Your new home is an investment, one that you should be proud of rather than one that you will come to regret. Make sure your snagging list is thorough when doing the final inspection of your home so that the inspection goes off without a hitch and you are satisfied with the final result.
While you may be able to conduct a snagging survey on your own, many homeowners lack the experience or qualifications to do so. To cover all areas of the property, a thorough inspection necessitates a trained eye and a variety of high-tech tools and equipment.
This is why we always recommend having professionals inspect your new home to ensure you’re getting exactly what you paid for. Learn how our Property Management team can assist you with the snagging of your brand new home.