Affordable Snag List Dublin was set up on the back of countless complaints from friends and family after they experienced the misery of purchasing a property, only to find it riddled with defects because they struggled to find professional snagging advice.
Furthermore, they felt that developers took advantage of buyers’ inexperience when it comes to home building standards/regulations and took little or no responsibility for spotting any defects themselves.
We launched Affordable Snag List Dublin in order to provide the homeowner with the expertise of an industry professional and to take the stress out of what is already a highly traumatic process.
Affordable Snag List Dublin employs a team of highly skilled and experienced professional inspectors who are passionate about their work and have exceedingly high standards when it comes to snagging homes.
They come from a variety of different backgrounds including site management, surveying, building contracting and architecture. As such they have a vast array of qualifications, mare members of a large number of professional bodies and have worked for some of the biggest names in construction.
Below you will find a complete list of our current costs.Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions – 01 9014164. Prices effective January 2017
Purchasers of new homes larger than 5 bedrooms or more than 2500 square feet should call for a fixed price quote.
Further discounts are available for investors with multiple units on same development and able to be undertaken on same day.
A referral scheme is in operation for those who recommend us to neighbours.
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 – think a scratch on a window or a missing hinge on a door.
Most are cosmetic – however more serious defects can arise such as major cracks and kitchen fixtures that are not fitted properly.
The purpose of a snagging list is to identify defects in your home for your builder to fix.
Your new home should have passed building regulations inspections and come with a structural warranty from an approved insurance policy provider.
It is your builder’s responsibility to check and fix any cosmetic defects before you complete on the sale but it is unlikely they are going to pick up on everything.
When the property is completely finished and ready to move into. This is usually when you will be exchanging contracts with your builder.
This might not be possible as builders can refuse to give you access to the property before completion, which they are legally allowed to do because they still own the land.
If you leave it until you have moved in, it becomes harder as your builder could argue that you have caused the damage yourself. It is also easier for contractors to work in an empty property for obvious reasons.
However, you do have two years from your completion date to report any defects (including cosmetic ones) to your builder which they are legally obliged to fix as part of your property’s warranty, which typically lasts for ten years.
You should choose a company by looking at customer reviews and prices, as well quizzing them about their experience and knowledge in the building trade.
Request to see previous reports or sample inspection reports to find out what is included in the price. Ask will you just get an inspection and a report or will they also advise you on what to do next and help fight in your corner against the housebuilder?
Also ask if you can meet the “snagger” before they start the inspection so you can talk over any concerns. Finally, try to gage their approach to the process and see if it matches your own.
The person carrying out the inspection will want to walk around your property on their own or with the builder. You can look at the notes at the end and suggest anything you think needs adding.
The inspection report is sent to you and the builder with your permission.
A professional inspector is likely to spot more defects than a homeowner. As part of our service, we can liaise with your builder on your behalf and push for the defects to be fixed. It also means you don’t have to get personally involved.
For an additional fee, you can ask us to recheck the work to make sure more damage hasn’t been caused and offer support up until your new home warranty has expired.
Builders are responsible for putting right any defect caused by their failure to build in accordance to the standards, as set out by their warranty and insurance provider.
However, the guidelines can be subjective, which is where it can become tricky. You might consider something to be a fault but the builder may argue it is not.
Most of the time, it is about negotiating. You may not get everything you want, so you will have to decide what you are happy with.
No traditionally-built new home is going to be completely flawless because it is built by people, not machines. There may be some things you have to fix yourself.
Try to keep things amicable with your builder as it will make the process easier. If there is a breakdown in communication between you and your builder, your warranty provider can offer a resolution service free of charge.
"May I take this opportunity to thank you and all of your staff for making this move successful and offering such a professional yet personal service. I have been impressed by your attention to detail, your ability to adapt to your clients’ needs and concerns regarding follow-up work. I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone else in a similar situation to myself."
👫 Alan & Breda Quinn, Sandycove