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Handover Snagging &
De-Snagging Inspections (Developers)

When embarking on a new property development project, ensuring quality and attention to detail is paramount. This is where a snagging service comes into play, acting as a crucial step in the construction process. In this article, we'll delve into the key aspects of snagging services for developers, addressing questions about its process, costs, and overall value.

Snagging inspections are detailed technical scans of newly built properties, intended to identify any internal and external defects before the contractor hands over the property to the developer. The snagging process is a systematic way of evaluating a property to identify defects/issues such as poor workmanship, incomplete works, or damages that might have gone unnoticed by the contractor and consultant during the construction process.

Property developers should use snagging as part of their handover process before handing it over to end users. The property can have unnoticed defects in terms of electrical issues, plumbing problems, or internal and external physical defects. As part of this service, the contractor and consultant ensure that the defects are repaired and incomplete works are completed before the final handover to the developer. As a result, developers could streamline the process of handing over to end users, enabling higher levels of trust and confidence in their developments.

What is a Snagging Service? Understanding Its Importance for Developers

A snagging service involves a meticulous inspection of a property, identifying any defects or issues that need to be rectified before the property is considered complete. These issues often referred to as "snags," can range from minor cosmetic imperfections to more significant structural concerns. A snagging service aims to ensure that the property meets the desired standards of quality, safety, and functionality.

A property snagging inspection is required by the developer to gain an understanding of the condition of the property and inform the contractor of faults, outstanding works, workmanship issues, defects, potential defects, and any other risks that may prejudice the ownership and enjoyment of the property. A snag could be anything from a chipped tile to a patched paint job, scratched glass to inadequate terminations, missing door stoppers to missing screws to wall cracks etc

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Is a Snagging Report Worth It?

Absolutely. A snagging report provides a detailed overview of the issues found during the inspection. This report not only highlights the problems but also categorizes them based on their severity and urgency. Having a comprehensive snagging report allows developers to address the most critical issues promptly, ensuring that the property is in top-notch condition before occupancy.

To ensure the credibility and accuracy of the snagging report, it's advisable to engage with professionals who have relevant expertise. Organizations like the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are known for their commitment to maintaining high standards in the construction and property industries. Their insights and guidelines can significantly contribute to the effectiveness of a snagging service.

What is the Snagging Process?

The snagging process typically involves several steps:

  1. Initial Inspection: A thorough examination of every aspect, from structural elements to finishing touches.

  2. Issue Identification: The inspector identifies any snags, defects, or areas that require improvement.

  3. Documentation: The identified issues are documented in a snagging report. 

  4. Prioritization: The snagging report categorizes issues based on their urgency. This helps developers understand which problems require immediate attention and which ones can be addressed over time.

  5. Rectification: Armed with the snagging report, developers and construction teams work to rectify the identified issues. 

  6. Final Inspection: Once the necessary adjustments are made, a final inspection ensures that all issues have been effectively addressed.

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What are Snagging Costs?

The costs associated with snagging services can vary based on factors such as the size of the property, its complexity, and the extent of the issues discovered. It's essential to view snagging services as an investment in the overall quality of the property. By addressing and resolving issues early on, developers can potentially save substantial costs that might arise from more significant problems down the line.

While there is a cost involved in snagging, it's crucial to remember that it contributes to the reputation of the developer and the overall satisfaction of future occupants. The peace of mind that comes from knowing the property has been thoroughly inspected and improved is invaluable.

Why it is important to have a snagging inspection?

Realpoint carries out these types of inspections to assist the client in identifying the above issues so that they may be rectified before accepting handover or taking occupation.

Our team of property inspectors is highly skilled and experienced in undertaking such inspections to protect our client's best interests in any property transaction. We offer inspection for all property types, including:

  • Villas and Apartments
  • Residential & Commercial Buildings
  • Retail Units
  • Hotels
  • Shopping Malls
  • Industrial Warehouses
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What is a snagging checklist?

Our professional inspectors will identify all the issues affecting the property, photograph them and compile a comprehensive snagging list so that the issues can be rectified by the responsible party.

The snagging includes (/but is not limited):

  • Initial snagging inspection service (as above) or follow-up on the previous inspection (if applicable)
  • Check the electrical outlets, air conditioning control and supply, and water pressure and drainage, and report any defects
  • Check the property is fit for occupancy at the handover
  • Conduct thermography and socket testing of electrical DBs and wiring.
  • Verify the water pressure at outlets if utilities are connected
  • Images of the snagged property along with location, defect/issue, rating, and making on the floor plan

What is a De-snag Inspection?

A de-snag inspection, also known as a "snagging completion inspection" or "snag verification," is conducted to ensure that all the issues that were initially identified in the snagging report have been properly fixed and rectified. This inspection is carried out to confirm that the construction or renovation work has been completed to the required standards and that the property is now free of the previously identified defects.

During a de-snag inspection, a qualified professional, often an independent inspector or a surveyor, revisits the property to thoroughly examine and verify that the previously identified issues have been resolved. This can include checking for proper installation of fixtures, ensuring that repairs have been made, and confirming that any cosmetic or functional concerns have been addressed.

If you are contracting Realpoint services, you can rest assured that we will perform the inspections to their full extent and in the best way through our Snagging services. Our qualified engineers are trained to focus on each aspect of the property.

With our expertise and previous experience in the construction fields in the UAE and GCC, backed up by our Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation, we are confident to offer our range of services at a reasonable price and to a high standard.

Why is a snagging inspection beneficial for Developers?

In conclusion, a snagging service is a pivotal step in property development, guaranteeing that the end product meets the highest standards of quality and safety. While there are costs involved, the benefits in terms of reputation, customer satisfaction, and long-term cost savings far outweigh the initial investment. By collaborating with professionals and adhering to industry standards, such as those set by organizations like RICS, developers can ensure that their properties stand out for all the right reasons. For comprehensive property surveys and reliable insights, turn to experts in the field like Property Surveys.

With a robust snagging process in place, developers can confidently present properties that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also built to last.

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