Niall Leahy BE CEng MIEI

Chartered Consulting Engineer & Surveyor





- Every Snag List is based on Irish
Building Regulations

- Structural Insurance from

- New house buyers

- New home

- House buying

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Snag List Inspection

Based in Cork, we offer a Snag List service, including Building Regulations compliance check, to those who are purchasing a new home. A Snag List is important to establish a precise and independent view of the finished property. It also highlights issues for the builder and is the means of ensuring your property is finished to the required specifications and standard.

A Snag List is normally completed when a builder is still on site. A Building Survey or Structural Survey is more appropriate for those purchasing a previously owned dwelling, or a new dwelling where there is no builder present to complete snags. We can normally complete a Snag List inspection within 1-3 days notice and have the report issued 1-2 days later, to your solicitor, your builder and yourself. All areas of the property, inside, outside and the attic spaces, are inspected.

The most important function of a Snag List is to ensure that a property is substantially in compliance with the relevant Building Control standards and is structurally sound. Other items that may be included are functional features of the property that are missing or incorrectly fitted, such as toilet flush mechanism not working, door jamming, etc. Finally, aesthetic concerns may be quality of finish, eg. painting, plastering. These items tend to be subjective, as there are no clear guidelines or standards to meet.

The best time to compile a Snag List is when the builder considers the propety to be fully complete, with electrical power and water supplied. Both power and water are normally required to check if the heating system is working. Mechanical ventilation is typically another Building Regulations requirement, and cannot be checked without power supplied. Equally, different numbers and types of smoke detectors are required, depending on dwelling type and year of construction.

The advantages of employing a professional to complete your Snag List are that you have someone working for you who is:
- trained in construction
- an experienced housing inspector
- knowledgeable of relevant Building Regulations
- able to prioritise faults
- able to deal with the builder on your behalf
- insured for Professional Indemnity

Completing the items on Snag List When the builder/developer indicates to you that the snags have been fixed, arrange to examine the property again, and check that the snags that have been fixed to your satisfaction. We can quote to provide this service also. Advise the builder/developer and/or solicitor of any snags that remain. Note that all snags on a Snag List are rarely completed, and that a compromise is generally reached between purchaser and builder.

Contact us as below for a Snag List quote



Churchtown Park, Midleton, Co. Cork

m: 087 9746382    fax: 021-4631343

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