Things to look for when snagging a build

When building your home, there will always be small defects or problems discovered along the way – even sometimes after the building work is complete.

However, smaller issues such as sticking doors or cracked tiles may detect bigger issues, such as poor drainage or a boiler fault.

It's a good idea to bring sticky notes with you to pop next to defects without leaving an unsightly mark.

What should I look out for when snagging a new build?

As an overview, these are the things you need to look out for:

  • Damage to walls in areas with heavy foot traffic.
  • Use a spirit level to check surfaces and floors are level.
  • Ensure floors have no trip hazards.
  • Damaged or seriously chipped bricks.
  • Check woodwork, paintwork, glazing and tiling for surface defects. Look and feel for chips and scratches, splashes of paint and cracks on the walls and ceilings.
  • Doors and windows are correctly fitted and open properly. Check that keys, hinges, and locks, drawers and other fitted units all work smoothly.
Kitchen with large window

You should also check that:

  • Heating performs as efficiently as expected.
  • Light fittings and sockets are not damaged or loose.
  • Shrinkage between skirting boards and walls.
  • Water stains on walls.
  • Tiles are undamaged and properly grouted. Silicon is flush to tiles and other surfaces.
  • Loose fixtures such as taps and light fittings. You may also discover the hot and cold water are the wrong way around.
  • Gaps around pipes coming through walls.
  • Scratched or cracked windows.
  • Loose or blocked guttering.
  • Electrics including ovens, alarms, fans and lights are safe and work.