Frequently Asked Questions about Snagging

March 22, 2022

Before going through the FAQs, you can learn about the property inspection and snagging services in Dubai here.

What is a Snag?

A snag is a small defect or a problem that is found in a property after the construction is completed. It usually takes the shape of an incomplete/unfinished or damaged work. It might be something like a chipped tile, patched paint job, scratched glass, uneven/ugly terminations, missing door stopper, missing screws, wall cracks …etc.

Most snags are usually cosmetic, however the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) defects are the most serious which would affect your daily life. Improper gas connection, insufficient cooling from the air condition, moisture/humidity inside walls or doors or incorrect electrical wiring connection are some examples of what could be hiding in your property.

What is a Snagging Inspection?

It is an inspection conducted of a property at the time of the Orientation or Visit invitation by the developer. It is the time a homeowner is allowed to point out any defects/snags found in their property before proceeding for the key handover from the developer.

Why do I need a Snagging Inspection?

It helps the owner receive technical advice on the condition of the property from all aspects; Cosmetics, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. Thus, ensuring the property is defect-free before taking the key handover.


What is covered in a Snagging Inspection?

Every part and every item of the property should be inspected without any exclusions. Cosmetics, MEPs, sanitary ware, appliances, furniture (if applicable). For villas and townhouses; water pump room, water tank, manholes, garden area, carport and the rooftop.

When do I need the Snagging Inspection?

The Snagging Inspection should be done at the time of the Orientation of the property before the handover process is completed with the developer.

Why do I need 3rd party Snagging Professionals?

Third party professionals have technical knowledge and experience in the construction fields, so you have an expert opinion on your property which helps you get possession of your property in its ideal condition. They would also use their tools and equipment to point out the hidden defects/problems in the property. Equipment like thermal cameras, electrical socket testers, humidity level meter and more will be used for your benefit.

How is the Snagging Inspection going to benefit me as an owner?

Snagging helps the owner know the defects prior to move in and thereby helps in getting returns on the investment faster.

Whether you are an end user, an investor or looking to sell the property, there are benefits to conducting a Snagging Inspection of your asset. As an end user, you will want the property to be in its absolute best condition before moving in with your family. You want to make sure your tenants move into the property without defects to save you the hassle of chasing after the developer or having to cash in for rectifications if you are an investor. Finally, if you are looking to sell your property, a Snagging Inspection/Report will add value to your listing and puts you on the top of the list for a potential buyer.


Who is responsible for rectifying the Snags?

The developer is always responsible to rectify all the snags and defects. They should also allow you to have a De-snag inspection prior to the key handover.

How long do developers take to rectify all the Snags?

Every developer has a different timeline and it also depends on the size of the property and the number of snags reported. But the average is about 20 to 30 days.

What is a De-snag Inspection?

De-snag Inspection is the 2nd inspection which should be conducted after the developer team confirms that all the snags are rectified. It will help you ensure that the defects have actually been rectified the proper way and up to the standard.

Is Snagging only supposed to be for newly built properties?

A “Snagging Inspection” is usually done for newly built properties. But there are different types of inspections that would cover other requirements such as move-in inspection, move-out inspection and condition inspection.

What is a Condition Inspection and what does it cover?

A Condition Inspection is needed for the secondary market properties. When conducting a Condition Inspection, the focus would be on the general condition of each item/aspect of the property without exclusions but not on the small details such as scratches and dents which would be covered in a Snagging Inspection.

With Provident, you can rest assured that we will use this time frame of “Orientation” to its full extent and in the best way through our Snagging services. Our qualified engineers are trained to focus on each aspect of the property. It is also worth mentioning that we have previous experience in the construction fields in Dubai. We do not miss any of the cosmetics, mechanical, electrical or plumbing features.

Our state-of-the-art equipment with the latest technologies helps us find and point out the hidden issues that would creep on you later when the months go by. The professional Snagging software we use helps us make the process much smoother for all parties involved, producing a detailed comprehensive report within the day. And the best part is, we do not have affiliations with any developers, we have our client’s best interest at heart.

For more information, get in touch with us at Provident