11 WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME LET’S GET SETTLED IN Building a home takes a lot of materials and a lot of water too. So just as you’re settling in, your home is settling in too. Here’s what to look out for. Shrinkage All the water that’s gone into making your home; in the concrete, plaster and even paint, needs to dry out. When it does, you may see some small cracks around doors, windows and skirting boards. This is a completely normal part of the drying out process. During the first year, the walls in your home need to settle. Various construction materials need to contract, expand and stabilise. All in their own time. During this, you may see screws pop up through the plasterboard and some minor cracks appear. These can be easily fixed. You can cover small cracks easily with a little builder’s caulk. Simply rub down with sandpaper and paint. It’s probably worth waiting until your home is completely dried out before doing this. If any cracks appear that are bigger than the thickness of a £1 coin let us know and we’ll take a look. TIP: Your home needs to dry out SLOWLY. The best way to do this is to keep the trickle vents open on your windows as this will allow air to circulate. Please keep your heating under 22 degrees.
keepmoat.com 12 Decorating We know you’ll be eager to make your own mark on your new home. But good things come to those who wait. We’ve painted the walls of your home with a breathable emulsion to allow the plaster behind it to dry. Your woodwork has been painted with a hard‐wearing gloss and should look good for years to come. We recommend waiting until the drying process has finished before decorating, which can take up to a year. But if you can’t wait, use a matt emulsion which helps the plaster breathe and avoid ‘silk’ or ‘satin’ paint. Condensation As your home dries, you may see some signs of condensation, especially in cold areas or places where there's no ventilation. The next page goes in to more detail on this. We’re here to help you settle in. If you have any questions, about cracks or anything else, we’re just a call away. Find out how to contact us on page 03 If you apply wallpaper to the walls too soon, it’s likely the residual moisture in the plaster behind will make the wallpaper peel or tear.
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