You should ideally have the snagging survey done in the period between building work being finished and your legal completion date, so the developer has time to fix any snags before you move in. However, some developers won’t allow snagging inspections to be done before completion. If this is the case with your purchase, you should book in the snagging survey as soon as possible after you’ve moved in.
A snagging survey is designed to check for problems with a new-build home. Developers should fix problems identified in snagging surveys quickly – ideally before you move in. Unlike traditional house surveys, snagging surveys should pick up everything from minor issues such as a door that doesn’t close properly or a worktop with a dodgy finish to more serious, structural problems.