Why you always need a snagging list

No matter how good or experienced your tradesmen are, there will usually be some degree of human error in any project.

It doesn't matter how big or small the job is, it is crucial that you leave time in the schedule to go back once the work is complete to check for any snags and create what we call a 'snagging list'.

In this week's video, Chris has found a very obvious snag that can be easily picked up and needs quickly rectifying, but most of the time your snagging list will contain small cosmetic issues that just need a quick go-over before the tenant moves in.

You want to make sure:

โœ”๏ธ Everything, including doors, windows, switches, locks, etc.. are working as they should.

โœ”๏ธ To check the paintwork is on point.

โœ”๏ธ To look over the work you've had done and make sure it is at the standard you, and more importantly your tenant, would expect.

It's not only important to do so that you can get any tradesmen back quickly before they move too far into another job, but you also want to make sure that when the tenant moves in they get the best first impression possible to set the tenancy off on the right foot.

Just imagine this: you've spent hundreds or thousands on a refurbishment of your property during a void period only for your tenant to move in and pick out 3-10 little issues that you either didn't foresee or thought they wouldn't notice. You now have a disgruntled tenant and have to navigate getting a tradesman back to the property around the tenants' availability.

On the other side of that, imagine being a tenant; you are excited about your new home but also weary as you've just spent a good chunk of money on a deposit, so you want to make sure everything is right, only to find you can't close the bathroom door because there is a door handle missing or you can't get into a cupboard in the kitchen.

It doesn't set up the right first impression and can lead to frustration on both sides so think of the snagging list as the best way to set up a good relationship with your tenant, get the most out of your investment, and get the best long-term return by being a proactive landlord.

See this week's video for Chris' advice and a very clear example of why using a 'snagging list' is super important.