Snagging is a process of identifying any defects, mistakes or issues relating to a renovation or construction project for correction before releasing final payment.

What is snagging?

Snagging is a process completed at the end of a construction or renovation project with the purpose of identifying any defects, mistakes or issues relating to the project. Issues can occur due to poor craftsmanship, design or installation. In addition, plaster and paint can crack or accumulate marks during the lengthy construction process. Snagging is commonly used in construction, hotel management, property management and more.

Who is responsible for snagging?

Typically, the party that hires a contracting team is responsible for snagging before releasing final payment. Due to this being an important process, people often hire professional snagging companies that are experienced in inspecting new renovation or construction. Snags are recorded as they walk through the project, inspect it and make notes in a list (also known as a punch list) of what needs to be addressed. If a professional snagger is not in budget or available, businesses can create their own snag list for a walkthrough inspection.

What is a snag list?

A snag list contains information about each defect such as location, type of issue and details about what was found along with photos where appropriate. It also provides information about who should be responsible for fixing each problem and when the work will be completed.

Some business owners conduct snagging via pen and paper. This leads to many issues such as an inability to link to photos and other digital based information. It also makes the information difficult to share and analyze over time. The solution is a digital snagging system that seamlessly logs all the snags with appropriate information. 

Why is snagging important?

Snagging is a quality control tool that occurs before the final check has been delivered to the contractor. Snagging helps ensure that all work was done according to the project plan and that there are no issues with any of the construction. It also helps protect your investment by making sure everything was built properly and according to code. Without a snagging protocol, the property may experience problems or discrepancies between rooms. This will cause future problems and must be resolved prior to opening for business.