Homes should be run-in gently over the first few months. This is because concrete, bricks, timber, plaster and other materials will have absorbed water during construction. You may not be aware of it, and it certainly will not do you any harm, but it does need to evaporate slowly and be ventilated away.
As your home is lived in and heated, timber and other materials will shrink and this can cause small cracks on wall and ceiling finishes. Small cracks or gaps may also appear at joints and corners of skirting boards and other interior joinery.
These cracks are not structurally significant and can be put right in the normal process of redecoration. However, because such minor cracks are inevitable, we are not required to rectify them.
Our top tip:
To minimise cracking, try to keep a reasonably even temperature throughout your home, even in rooms which are not occupied.
If you move in during winter months try to use the central heating sparingly at first, so that the structure of your home warms up and dries out gradually.
Depending on how your home has been built and the weather conditions, this may take several months.
Your home needs to be kept well ventilated to allow moisture to evaporate as the structure dries out. Leave windows or, at least, the trickle vents (slotted vents in the window frame) open for as long as you can each day.