Things to do when buying your home
BUYING or building a house? The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is here to give you useful tips.
The council is a statutory body established to protect consumers’ interests and regulate the homebuilding industry.
Tips when occupying your home:
Inspect it carefully. Draw up a list of the problems and defects and submit it to your builder within 90 days of the date of occupation. Keep a record of this correspondence.
Pay particular attention to:
All sanitary ware (taps, toilet fittings, etc), fireplace surrounds, wall tiles and splashbacks.
Whether doors and windows open and close properly, and whether all services (electricity and water) are connected and working.
Whether the extras you ordered have been provided.
Ensure you have keys to all the locks and that they work properly.
Make sure you have been shown where various stop valves and main electrical switches are.
Minimise problems from dampness and condensation by ventilating your home. Leave windows open as long as you can, for example.
To minimise cracking, try to keep a reasonably even temperature, because as the building dries out, the evaporated moisture needs to be ventilated away.
Leave internal doors and doors of cupboards open to encourage air circulation.
Prevent condensation by producing less moisture by:
Cooking with covered pans and pots. Don’t leave the kettle boiling.
Avoiding portable gas heaters because they create water vapour when they burn.
Allowing steam to be released by opening windows because mould might form in the home irrespective of ventilation.
Efflorescence is white deposit on inside walls caused by natural salts coming out of the wall. If deposits continue, it might indicate a water leak, in which case you should contact your home builder.
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