The act of 'Snagging' is defined as a situation in which small defects continue to be present at a newly-built property, despite the builder confirming that the building is structurally complete. A buyer is advised to develop a 'snagging list', which will include all of the aspects of the building that they are unhappy with.

During the first two years that the owners live in the property, responsibility for correcting any defects lies with the builder. However, arranging for a builder to conducting these repairs can be a difficult process.

Common minor defects include splashes of paint, slightly cracked tiles or poor plumbing.