When you buy a new build property, you don’t usually expect there to be any repairs required. In the first year, that can be plenty that goes wrong in a new home. Not to the extent of the walls falling down and the ceilings caving in, but all new homes have their niggles in the first year.
Some of the most common niggles in the first year are noticeable during the warranty period given by builders and can be fixed quite easily. Taking photographs of the home room to room when you first buy and before you put your furniture in is a smart decision that all homeowners should make. So, what common issues does a new home have for a buyer?
- Shrinkage. Have you ever heard that random creaking sound when you’re alone at home? Sometimes, it’s the water in the pipes or the heaters coming on and other times, it’s the house settling into the foundations. Moisture in the wood can cause a house to shrink and this can cause cracks in the lumber used to build a house. These can be easily repaired.
- Nail pops. When the lumber in a home shrinks and the house settles into the foundations, the nails in the walls can ‘pop’ out a little and show through the paint job on the walls. A little sanding and painting and this can be hidden again.
- Wet basements. If there is water in the basement and crawl spaces in the new home and your pipes are properly treated with heat tape for water lines, then it’s likely due to the roof instead of a leak. The water runoff needs proper drainage and if there are no proper downspout or gutters, you’re going to end up with a wet basement. Dehumidify the area and make sure the water is running off properly so it doesn’t end up in the basement.
- Condensation. The first round of cold weather can show you condensation on the windows that can ruin the windowsill. You need to ensure proper ventilation so that this doesn’t happen, as well as ensure that you have double-glazed windows. A moisture problem in the winter the first-time round isn’t always a problem but if it is ongoing calling out a contractor to check for the ventilation issues is a good idea.
As a general rule, a new home doesn’t always have the niggles above, aside from the shrinkage issue. The way homes are currently constructed can mean you’re not moving your family into a damp-filled house that has been given a lick of paint to cover it up. Always have a surveyor inspect the property before you move in so that if there are any seen issues about drainage, roofing damage or condensation they can be seen and fixed before you even move your things in.
It’s a privilege to move into a newly constructed property that you have bought yourself, don’t be dismayed by teething troubles, especially if they can be easily resolved.