What is Snagging? At The End It’s About You
Whether you’re right at the beginning of your project, hovering somewhere in the middle or coming desperately close to the end, everyone wants their opinions heard. It’s natural to want to be involved with the design and completion of your new home, and we encourage it. Being involved in the design stage and contributing your tastes and ideas to the work our design team does will only aid in turning your dreams into a reality (check out this post on how to make a mood board). Once the design stage is finished though, it’s time to sit back, relax, and let the professionals take it from there. There are often building works to do, decorating, procurement, and installation. It may seem tempting near the very end of the project to poke your head in and see how the progress on your future home is going. You might find that thing look wrong, unfinished, incomplete. You might see uneven paint work or gaps in the kitchen counter. Be wary! The work isn’t finished! Keep a calm head and wait for the snagging process.
If you don’t work with contractors regularly, you might not know what snagging is, and that’s normal. My background before working at Kia Designs was in education; I had never heard the word before in my life. Snagging is a very simple process. Snagging a job is compiling a list of anything that isn’t quite right once works have been finished. A snagging list is the final list of little things that need to be fixed or done. Cleaning spots off tiles, securing unstable hooks, and figuring out why suddenly that coffee table isn’t as even as it looked before you put your cup down are all examples of things that would be included in a snagging list. (We often use Wunderlist for our snagging lists, which is a great tool.)
The snagging process is where the designers need your input before they can properly sign off on the project and declare your beautiful new home finished. This isn’t an instantaneous process. Snagging can take a few weeks to identify hidden issues and get everything done. Snagging depends on you. Some things can’t be known until a home is actually being lived in. Is that lamp actually working properly? Is a tile loose? Is an item that we procured defective and in need of replacement? Put them on the snagging list.
It’s best to wait for when building works are finished, you’ve moved in, and life in your new home has begun to start compiling a list. Often clients will start pointing out issues that they see on the property before the job is actually finished and before the snagging process has officially begun, and the result is endless headaches for everyone; the client, the designers, and the contractors like. This is because the job is not yet finished. It is highly likely that whatever your concerns may be, they will be addressed before move-in day. Pointing out the issues before the work is finished only creates lists upon lists that only grow and never truly shrink as works continue to develop. As tempting as it is to snag early, clients are always happier when they wait, and their new home is beautiful and complete.