Preparations for moving into a new build may already have begun, or perhaps you’re just beginning your search for a newly built home. Either way, it is integral to not only settle yourself in comfortably, but also consider how your home will react to being lived in for the first time. This is my ultimate guide to move into a new build. In February, the government announced that they would cut the cost of new homes by a third, therefore with new builds becoming more and more popular, it’s important to know what to expect. 

Buying a new-build homeLet Your New Home Breathe

New built homes are built to be air tight to help them be more energy efficient, this means that if your new house is not properly ventilated it could cause poor air quality and a build-up of condensation in your new house. This could eventually lead to health problems such as breathing difficulties. Condensation can also lead to health issues if moisture levels are too high and not controlled especially in areas where there is a build-up of moisture such as the kitchen and bathrooms, this is where there is the potential for mould growth. This can be avoided and controlled through good ventilation using the windows, trickle vents and extractor fans throughout the house. It is important to use the ventilation systems where possible, which have been installed by the developer to ensure correct ventilation whilst remaining energy efficient. Read our blog post for more detail on how to let your new build settle and when to begin decorating.

However, there are some simple steps which you can take to minimise the impact of the drying out process and air quality which are listed below. These are steps you need to take when you’re moving into a new build.

Drying Out

  • Do not block air bricks or vents
  • If possible, leave windows or trickle vents open
  • When drying clothes inside open trickle vents or windows slightly
  • Do not dry wet clothes on radiators
  • Wipe away condensation on windows and glass surfaces
  • Close doors when bathing or taking a shower
  • Switch extractor fans on when cooking, bathing, and showering, leave switched on to overrun for at least 20 minutes
  • Ensure there is sufficient air flow behind furniture and the walls
  • Open wardrobe and cupboard doors slightly to allow any moisture to escape

Condensation

  • Close kitchen and bathroom doors to prevent steam going into cooler rooms
  • Open windows daily to allow a change of air
  • Wipe down surfaces if condensation settles on them
  • Switch extractor fans on and leave running for an extra 20 minutes

Shrinkage

  • Keep heating as low as possible, do not have the heating too high
  • If shrinkage or cracking appears leave them for a period before sealing them
  • If shrinkage cracks are excessive (over 2mm) report them to your builder

Snagging

The accuracy of your snagging survey all depends on the service provider. Before hiring a professional snagging company, consider taking a deeper look into their case studies. A good snagger can be the difference between getting snags rectified quickly and waiting months to fix a wonky bannister. Find our guide on professional snagging companies on our blog to find the most convenient and effect snagger for you.

Inform your builder of any snags so they can be rectified. To identify snags, follow my free ultimate snagging checklist

Salt deposits (Efflorescence)

If salt deposits are noticed on internal walls wipe them away, if they persist it could indicate a water leak and should be reported to your builder. If salt deposits are noticed on external brickwork these can be brushed off however these salts will eventually disappear through natural weathering.

I hope you have found this informative, for more information or to book a snagging inspection, please contact me.