Introduction to your new Queensberry Property

A brief guide to the steps you can take to ensure your new home adapts to its new owners

Just like a new car, your new home needs to be 'run-in'. It needs to adjust to the rigours of being occupied and there are some things that you, as a homeowner, can do to facilitate this process and minimise the potential for any future problems.

How to run-in your new home

Produce Less Moisture
Cover your pan when you are cooking and do not allow the kettle to boil for longer than required.

Hang wet washing outside as soon as you can.

Stop Moisture Spreading
When cooking, close the door. When taking a bath, close the door to stop the steam escaping.

Allow Moisture to Escape
If a lot of moisture is being produced, where possible, ensure that a window or trickle vents are open. Trickle vents are slotted vents found in the window frame, which can be opened and closed to assist with room ventilation. You may well find your new home has an extractor fan - use it! A fan will extract the moisture at source and prevent it spreading to other rooms.

Condensation on Windows
If condensation does occur on the window glass, simply wipe it away.

Limiting Cracking
To minimise cracking, try to keep a reasonable even temperature. Initially, the central heating should be kept on an even and reasonably low temperature to allow the building structure to warm up and dry out evenly.

Dealing with Cracking
We have painted the walls with a light paint that allows the moisture out during the drying out process.

We recommend that re-decoration should not take place until the walls have dried out fully, which normally takes six to twelve months.

Minor Cracks
Should be left for a few months and then sealed after the property has dried out. When you re-decorate, use a good filler to make good any gaps and plaster cracks that may have arisen from normal drying out and shrinkage. Queensberry Properties will not accept responsibility for minor settlement cracks or shrinkage and these should be attended to by the homeowner during the routine course of re-decoration and maintenance.

Built-in wardrobes should be kept slightly ajar during the drying out period, especially if the wardrobe is on an external wall.

Loft Care
When a ceiling is well insulated, the roof space is not warmed by heat from the rooms below and therefore stays cold or damp. This means that the vapour may condense in the loft space, usually on the underside of the roofing felt below the tiles.

Examine the loft regularly for signs of condensation and do not store anything in the loft that may be damaged by cold or damp. We have provided permanent ventilation in the form of slots or holes that are spaced at regular intervals and these should not be covered. Do not leave the loft hatch open for long periods.

Keep Temperature Constant
If you move into your new home during the winter months, try to ensure that you do not have the heating on too high and try to keep the temperature of your home constant.

Even if you are out of the house all day, consider keeping the heating on (at a lower temperature) when it is very cold. This will prevent condensation forming and reduce the thermal movement of the structure.

Drying Out
There is no set period for drying out. How long it takes will depend upon the type of construction of your home, the time of year you move in and the lifestyle of the occupants. Under normal circumstances, the drying out period is usually around six to twelve months.