East Sussex

Southdown Surveyors is a practice of Chartered Building Surveyors, based in Eastbourne.
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A snagging survey is the process of identifying defects or unfinished work, usually on new build homes and new properties.

Snagging Surveys in East Sussex

At Southdown Surveyors, we are independent specialists in home snagging. Our team have many years’ experience in inspecting new homes and in-depth knowledge of the entire snagging process. Our surveyors work in homes and properties across all of Sussex.

New Build Snagging Inspection

New builds commonly suffer from defects with developers working to extremely tight deadlines, making snagging inspections increasingly worthwhile to help ensure home buyers receive the highest level of workmanship. Being experienced Building Surveyors set us apart from our counterparts.

We are able to identify a range of faults, from minor issues such as missing and cracked roof tiles to major structural issues, which includes structural movement and/or cracking.

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The Snagging Process - Frequently Asked Questions

When Should a Snagging Survey be Carried out?

Snagging should ideally be carried out prior to legal completion, allowing the builder more time to rectify snags before your moving date. If it is not possible to access the property prior to you receiving the keys, we recommend having your survey carried out as soon as possible after moving in.

However, snagging can normally be carried out within the first 2 years of the warranty date, it simply means any issues that arise will need to be rectified around you and your furniture. Please check the warranty or developer’s terms and conditions as these may differ.

What is a Snag List?

We will provide you with a professional detailed Photographic Snagging Report which will highlight any minor or major defects; pinpointing ‘finishing details’ and standard of workmanship.

When Will I Receive my Report?

Our Chartered Surveyors can undertake snagging inspections quickly and our reports are issued within 5 working days of the inspection.  A copy of the report will be sent to you and another directly to the builder, if you wish. Following the report, our Surveyor will be available to provide ongoing advice and support when you need it, we are just a phone call away.

What is Included in a Snagging Survey?

Our Surveys cover your entire property, including both internal and external parts, as well as a cursory inspection of the plumbing and electrical installations.

During a Snagging Survey, our surveyors will inspect the following and more:

  • Build quality
  • Brickwork
  • Loft space
  • Standard of finishing in general
  • Guttering and roofing
  • Plastering, paintwork and tiling
  • Levelling of ceilings, walls and floors
  • Groundworks
  • Doors and windows

What Happens Post Inspection?

Your snagging report document will offer an accurate and useful overview of the cosmetic finishing in your new home. We would then recommend this is shared with your developer to move towards remedying.

If you would like our surveyor to revisit your property following your building developer addressing the various items raised, we would be pleased to do so (a fixed fee would apply).

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Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more information on snagging inspections or snagging reports, Southdown Surveyors would be happy to help. Our highly professional team calls on years of experience in the industry – you can count on us for expert reports and advice.

Call us today on 01323 739183 to get through to a friendly member of the team or email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Book your Snagging Survey today.

Kind Words...

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My wife and I used Southdown Surveyors during a recent potential house purchase. We had agreed a price on an older, character property and felt it best to fully assess the area and the property. We are both mightily pleased we engaged Southdown’s help as they flagged up some very serious, unseen defects in the property. As inexperienced first time buyers we would have been left having bought a seriously defective property with largely no sell on value and a huge bill simply to make habitable.

Southdown Surveyors were extremely professional, diligent and very helpful. They provide a thoroughly detailed breakdown of the property they survey, from little things like nearby trees that might invalidate house insurance to highly detailed information on the structure and wellbeing of the property.

I think in some cases there might be a tendency on the house buyer’s end to avoid engaging a full survey but with what we have experienced I would strongly advise anyone looking to buy a property to engage a thorough, proper survey. The outlay in doing so is relatively minimal and when you are making such a large financial, and life investment, having professionals on your side, and ones who will help you as Southdown Surveyors did for us, is absolutely invaluable.

Mr H