A Guide to Your New Home: Preparing for a Seamless Transition – Brought to you by BW Build Warranty®

Congratulations on your new home! As you embark on this exciting journey, it’s essential to be well-informed and prepared for the upcoming transition. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this process smoothly.

1. Before Completion: Meeting Your Developer

Prior to completion, your developer or their representative will conduct a detailed tour of your new home. This is a valuable opportunity for you to:

  • Inspect Your Home: Explore the features and confirm the specifications you requested.
  • Address Concerns: Bring up any issues or discrepancies during the tour.
  • Clarify Specifications: Ensure everything aligns with your expectations.

2. On Moving-In Day: Your Responsibilities

Upon moving in, dedicate time to meticulously inspect your home. Here’s what you should focus on:

  • Inspect Thoroughly: Check for defects and notify your developer immediately.
  • Understand Systems: Familiarize yourself with operating instructions for appliances and heating systems.
  • Security Measures: Ensure smoke alarms are functional and comprehend their operation.
  • Outdoor Areas: Confirm garden boundaries and common areas for apartments.
  • Chimneys and Flues: Verify the installation and acquire necessary information.

3. Regular Home Maintenance: Your Duties as a Homeowner

Owning a home comes with regular maintenance responsibilities. Stay proactive:

– Heating Systems: Allow your home to settle in the first few months to avoid cracks. Schedule annual servicing for boilers.

– Renewable Energy Systems: Maintain renewable technologies as per guidelines.

– Overflows and Pipes: Address any water-related issues immediately.

– Chimneys: Sweep chimneys annually to prevent fires and ensure safety.

– Gutters and Drains: Clear gutters at least once a year to prevent blockages.

– Paintwork: Exterior paint may require occasional touch-ups for longevity.

– Trees and Shrubs: Consult experts before planting or pruning near your home to prevent soil damage.

– Alterations and Extensions: Seek professional advice and ensure compliance with regulations.

– Electrical and Gas Work: Employ certified professionals for any electrical or gas-related tasks.

4. Understanding Your Home’s Structure

– Roof and Loft: Roof timbers are essential; refrain from alterations. Lofts are not designed for heavy storage, and adequate ventilation is crucial.

By understanding these aspects and fulfilling your responsibilities, you can ensure a comfortable and secure living environment. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to consult us at: 0800 5200155 or info@buildwarranty.co.uk

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