1 a sharp protuberance
2 a dead tree that is still standing, usually in an undisturbed forest; "a snag can provide food and a habitat for insects and birds"
3 an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn: rip, rent, split, tear]
1 catch on a snag; "I snagged my stocking"
2 get by acting quickly and smartly; "snag a bargain"
Snagging is a term used in the construction industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Snagging is the production of a list of quality defects at the end of a build process/phase/stage (a "Snag List" or "Snagging List").
Typically, each defect listed will carry a description of the issue, who is responsible and a target date for rectification. Snagging is carried out by the Main Contractor during the build and the responsible parties are the sub-contractors. The client for the construction project will produce a final snag list at the end of the build.
Back-snagging or de-snagging are the terms used for checking that the defects have been successfully rectified and if not the production of an up-dated snag list.
In the UK astute new home buyers employ the services of an industry qualified expert to 'snag' their new home and not assume the developer has done this thoroughly. A good snagging company will be able to find more faults and be able to ensure the developer puts the faults right within a reasonable time. The problem is that in the UK new homes are excluded from the majority of consumer protection legislation, such as the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982. If they were the buyer would be able to demand that the defects were put right within 14 days. If the developer was unable to do this the buyer could pay another contractor to put the defects right and get the developer to pay. The warranty providers such as the NHBC provide a dispute resolution service but they will insist that the developer has been given eight weeks to put the defects right. Many claim that the NHBC is in the pockets of the developers because ultimately it is the developers not the buyers that pay for the warranty.