After months of waiting and endless back and forth communication with your builder, your new house is now complete and ready for occupancy. Moving into your newly built home is a very exciting experience, but even so, it’s not devoid of challenges. There’re several things you should expect and be aware of as you spend your first month in your new home. In this post, we shall be looking at some of the things you can expect as you move into and begin living in your new home. Henbuild suggests some tips to help your move go smoothly.
Although the majority of work has been completed at this point and your new house seems complete at a glance, it’s still a work-in-progress, and more needs to be done before you can term the project “fully complete”. This is not the fault of the builder but the norm for every newly built house.
What to expect in the first month
Here’re some of the things you should expect to come across within your first month of moving into your newly built home:
- Minor defects.A few days before moving into your new home, your builder will take you on a final walkthrough to inspect the “finished” project. During the walkthrough, you should go to the house and check whether all the work has been completed. This tour’s main purpose is to ensure that all the finishing touches have been made as all the major changes and adjustments should have been done by now.
Make sure to note down everything that needs attention before you sign any forms provided by your builder. This is important as it might be difficult to establish who’s responsible for the different issues once you move in. Ensure that the builder commits to fixing them before you move in and check that it’s done on the day of the move.
- Signs of settling.When you move into your new house, you’ll notice gaps in joinery and cracks in the walls. These cracks and gaps are nothing to be alarmed about and are usually nothing that is structurally significant. As the building settles and the materials used to build your house dry, they’ll be some shrinking and cracks in the walls and gaps in joinery are the tell-tale signs of this.
To keep these gaps and cracks to a minimum, allow the materials used to construct your home to dry gradually as heat accelerates shrinkage. Maintain an even temperature throughout your home during your first days of moving in to ensure your house dries out properly.
- Never mind the fancy term, efflorescence is the salt (a whitish residue) that forms on the surface of concrete, stucco, brick and natural stone surfaces as they dry. The salts are not harmful and will normally disappear over time. They are easy to brush or wipe away when they appear on surfaces inside the house. You should, however, be concerned if the efflorescence continues to appear on internal walls for long as this could be a sign of something more serious such as a water leak.
- Most of the materials used to build your house were installed while containing quite a bit of moisture, so don’t panic if you notice condensation. It might look bad, but it is completely normal in new homes. Because excess condensation can lead to mould growth in your new house, try to avoid contributing to it.You can keep condensation to a minimum by:
- Keeping your windows open to allow trapped moisture to escape.
- Covering your pans while cooking and using an extractor fan if possible.
- Installing an extractor fan in your shower to take away the moist air.
- Avoiding drying your laundry indoors.
- Venting your tumble dryer if it’s not self-condensing.
- Using a dehumidifier to keep the moisture levels
- Mild construction work.During the first month of your occupancy, you’ll probably notice a few things that still need to be worked on by your builder. It will take a while for the house to be perfect so expect a bit of dust and noise as your builder fixes any arising issues to give you a final product that you will love.
Extra tips for your new home move
Here are some extra tips to help you settle in during the first month of moving into your newly built home:
- Familiarise yourself with your home’s circuit breaker and main water valve. It’s a brilliant idea to figure out which switches control different parts of the house and labeling them accordingly. This knowledge will come in handy if you need to switch off power to fix an electrical fixture or in case of an emergency. Also, find out where the main valve for your water connection is in case you need to turn off your water.
- Change the locks. Although it’s not good to always assume the worst of people, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once you get the keys to your home, it’s a good idea to have the locks changed to ensure that it’s only you who has the keys to your house. It will also give you peace of mind.
Even after your house is complete and you’ve received the keys, your relationship with your builder will continue for some time as you work together to perfect the little kinks that remain in your newly built home. And unless you’ve caused the problem yourself, your builder should be willing to make any rectifications needed.