What is the difference between a snag and a defect?

Snags and defects are both terms you may hear used when moving into a new home and recognising items which need fixing. What is the difference between them? Is there a difference? And should the semantics matter when it comes to creating your perfect home?

Snagging Issues

Snagging is by far the most common term used in the construction industry. A Snagging Inspection is the process by which any minor faults with a new build property are identified. This is a service we offer at Stroma Building Control. Snags might be something which is incomplete, such as sealing around a windowsill. It could also be something which is broken, like a leaking washing machine. Snagging can sometimes be done before you move into a new property. However, it is more likely to be undertaken after you've been given the keys and in the two-year period when your builder is legally required to fix them under your new build warranty.

How are defects different?

In simple terms, there is no difference between a snag and a defect. Both should be covered in a Snagging Inspection. The crucial difference is one of severity. Defects may indicate a more serious problem with your home which requires more urgent attention. Examples could include:

  • Cracks in walls
  • Damp or dry rot
  • Building movement or subsidence
  • Defective wiring or plumbing
  • Poor or missing insulation causing heat loss

About to move into your new home? Book a Snagging Inspection

Our teams of surveyors are active in your local area and will be happy to help you complete a Snagging Report on your new home. You can enquire about booking a date online via /snag or call 0345 621 11 18 for a confidential discussion about your property. We look forward to hearing from you.