Snag list checklist

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Snag list checklist
Include staircases in your snag checklist. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Before moving into a newly built home, you first want to have it snagged or, in other words, checked for defaults that affect the integrity and aesthetic of the house. Hire a professional to inspect your home or use a snag checklist to do it yourself. Two sets of eyes are better than one, so ask a friend or two to snag your house along with you. Each room should take about an hour to snag.

The Outside

Inspect the outside of the home as well as the inside. Look over any brickwork for major chips or mortar splashes and test the mortar for hardness by digging at it with a key. Check to make sure all siding is undamaged, cleaned and painted or stained to your satisfaction. Examine the gutters. They should be securely attached and without any leaks or blockages. To prevent water from seeping into the house, make sure all pipe work exiting the house is sealed.

Walls and Ceiling

Once you move indoors, examine the plastering or plasterboard of the ceiling and walls of each room. They should have no obvious hollows, bumps or large cracks. You also shouldn't see any nail or screw head popping up. Check the plasterwork around radiators, light switches and electrical sockets to make sure it has been neatly finished off. Also take a close look around cupboards or other awkward spaces to make sure the plastering has been finished.


Inspect the windows throughout the house. Carry a small spirit level with you as you conduct a snag checklist and place it on the window sill to make sure it's level. Examine the glass for scratches and cracks. It should also be clean. Open and close the windows to make sure they fully open and close securely. When you open the window, make sure the builder didn't paint over the draught strip. If your house has plastic window frames, they should be free of scratches; wood frame should be painted or stained to your satisfaction. Look on the underside of the window sill to make sure it has been painted as well.


Test all the doors in the house during your snag checklist. All latches, locks and bolts should work properly and be free from paint. Hinges don't make a sound. Doors open and close smoothly. When the door is closed, make sure it doesn't rattle in its frame and that there aren't any gaps between the door and the frame. Check the door's hardware for missing screws. Doors and door frames should be free of dents and chips and painted or stained to your specifications.

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