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 SnaggingReport 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 snagginginspections 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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We have received your building survey report and would like to thank you for a complete and detailed report. We found Southdown to be a very professional and flexible company to deal with and would have no hesitation in recommending you in future.

Mr Weaver