MonikaK
Hi,
 
We will soon be exchanging contracts to buy a 4 bed detached new build property. We have been advised that our snagging inspection can only take place after exchange of contracts and before completion - is that accurate?
 
The issue we're having with the house is that in all of the bedrooms, the light switches have been placed around the corner from the entrance, inside the alcoves which - we believe - have been designed for built-in wardrobes. Is this compliant with the building regulations, given that whether we have built-in wardrobes made upon request or just put Ikea wardrobes in there - these switched will effectively be obstructed?
 
Two of the alcoves are of non-standard depth (49 cm and 53 cm). This doesn't leave enough depth for a standard cloth hanger - we are wondering whether we should raise this up with the developer as a snagging issue?
 
Both of the above points - should they normally be part of what the snagging inspector is going to look at and take into account in his report?
 
Many thanks for any advice on the above.
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HomeSnag

Hi Monika

If your builder is allowing a snagging inspection access between Exchange and Completion, that is great! A lot of builders do not allow us in until after completion. The ideal time for us to go around is around 1 week before you are handed the keys as it is not too early and not too late to fix the issues.

I know exactly what you mean regarding the switches. It is certainly not outside of building regulations, it is rather a design choice by your builder. Whilst there is room for inbuilt wardrobes, a lot of customers obviously may have free standing wardrobes / drawers in that area. Some builders overcome this by fitting it in the area between the door frame and edge of wall, but of course it depends if there is enough room. 

We would not raise the depth of alcove being slim for the aforementioned point that all customers will lay their bedrooms out differently.

Nonetheless we do raise poor design issues in other areas, but the main focus on a snagging inspection is to raise anything in breach of building regulations / NHBC / other guidelines and to raise issues of poor workmanship.

I hope this has answered your query, please feel free to call our post on here if we can help with anything further

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