More than one in three new home buyers will not buy new again
Survey from ‘snagging’ information site reveals plague of faults in new homes is putting buyers off
12 May 2004
More than one in three new home buyers would not consider buying a new home again, according to a survey conducted by new home buyers information service Snagging.org.
Snagging.org founder Tony Bright, whose own experiences with a new home riddled with faults led him to launch the service, claims the results are symptomatic of the volume and severity of faults in new-build homes.
Bright said: “When people buy a new home they quite rightly think that everything will work first time and everything will be complete. They’re mostly caught up in the practicalities of moving and choices of floorings and furniture rather than checking for faults. It comes as a real shock to many when they discover many things – sometimes quite serious – can be wrong.”
New home buyers can enlist the services of a specialist firm to conduct a ‘snagging’ survey on their new property which can then be used to get the builder to make amends. But many new home buyers are not aware such services exist and those that are can end up paying up to £400 for a survey.
Snagging.org provides new home buyers with resources to ensure they aren’t left with a property riddled with faults. It also offers a 55-page Snagging Checklist which gives the home buyer a comprehensive reference to all the areas in a new home that should be checked, plus detailed advice as to how to prepare a ‘snag list’ and use it to ensure faults are fixed before you move in.
Diligent home buyers can use the Snagging.org Snagging Checklist to conduct their snagging survey and save themselves hundreds of pounds as well as giving them peace of mind that their property has been checked thoroughly. The Snagging Checklist is available online at www.snagging.org for just £12.
Bright said: “When I recently moved in to my new home it should have been an exciting time for me, my heavily pregnant wife and our young son. But the number of faults we discovered before and after we moved in turned it into a nightmare. This inspired me to prepare the Snagging Checklist to help other new home buyers avoid such grief.”
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