How to Write a Snag List

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How to Write a Snag List
writing a snag list (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A snag list is a list or notation of everything you as a customer are unhappy with after construction or renovation on a building is finished. The common misconception is that a snag list can only be done immediately after construction completion, but a good construction company or contractor will allow a snag list to be submitted after six months of using a residence or building and a year of using residence or building. As a consumer, snag lists are a good way to make sure your contractor is not taking you for a ride, but as a contractor, a snag list can be a headache where every problem takes away from the profit of the build.

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    Include structure. When you are doing your post-construction survey, include what are not to your specifications such as interior walls, outside walls, pathways, sidewalks/footpaths, garages, driveways, roofs, guttering, ceilings, stairs, flooring, windows and attic spaces. Check insulation and improper wiring.

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    Include fixtures. Mark down any skewed or slanted electric sockets, off-centre light fixtures and problems with plugs, door handles and faucets/taps.

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    Include services.Check the central heating system, air-conditioning unit, water heater, water pressure, fans and garbage disposals.

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    Include the details. Be sure to include mouldings and room colours. Check for chipped paint and cracked moulding.

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    Notarise the list. Before you hand over to snag list to your contractor, take it to a notary public and have it notarised.

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    Give it to the contractor. Hand the list to your contractor, making sure to keep a copy for yourself, and discuss the details of the list.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not give the contractor your final payment until after you discuss your snag list with him.
  • Do not expect massive discounts because of your snag list.

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