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What is the difference between a structural snag list and a basic snag list?

The following information is provided to help you understand the different types of snag lists offered to purchasers of newly built properties:

Structural Snag List

  • A structural snag list is performed by a trained and qualified professional.
  • The surveyor will be looking for defects that are not obvious to the untrained eye and would currently present no visual signs of cracks or movement, such as potential design defects in structural walls, roofs and floors.
  • The surveyor will be checking for items that do not comply with building regulations such as inadequate ventilation in timber framed walls, breaches in fire stops and fire doors, incorrectly installed drains etc.  A builder is not obliged to advise you of building defects known to them. Never presume that because a property is newly built that it will comply with all of the current building regulations, that it will be built correctly, or to a recommended standard.
  • A structural snag list will report on issues that will adversely affect the value of the property.
  • A structural snag list will cost more than a basic snag list because it is performed by a qualified professional,
  • The surveyor will have current PI insurance
  • The surveyor will have undertaken regular training, and will have up to date knowledge of current building regulations.
  • You will be supplied with a professional and valuable report, that your developer should take action on.
  • The report will include additional advice, information and direction to help you understand structural certificates/documentation for the property that may be provided by the developer/builder.
  • You will be able to discuss any issues reported on with a qualified professional.

Basic Snag List

  • A basic snag list is typically performed by an unqualified person.
  • A basic snag list will provide you with a list of cosmetic issues like paint splashes, and scratches in paint.
  • A basic snag list will comment on minor building defects such as misaligned plug sockets, mismatched timbers, chipped bricks etc.
  • A basic snag list is usually cheaper than a structural snag list.
  • PI insurance is generally only available to professionals with a recognised qualification, therefore basic snag lists often are not protected by PI insurance
  • You may be supplied with a list of minor building and cosmetic issues that will not adversely affect the value of the property.
  • A basic snag list will not provide a sufficient report for important structural issues.
  • A typical snagger will concentrate their attention on identifying individual cosmetic issues. Their emphasis is not focused on the structure of the property.  They may not even understand or recognise what is required under building regulation standards.

Here at Property Health Check Ltd we only supply Structural Snag Lists.  Our aim is to provide you with information about the structural soundness of the property, and to help you understand any reported deficiencies that could affect the value of the property, before completing the sale.

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