Outside your home

PVC-u doors and windows

  • Clean and lightly oil moving parts
  • Frame – wipe frame regularly both internally and externally using a solution of water and washing up liquid. Do not use any form of abrasive or alkaline cleaners that can damage the surface
  • Family viewing new Taylor Wimpey homeGlass – is not scratch resistant, so take care when cleaning and remove any jewellery. Use any household glass cleaner applied with a soft cloth to clean or polish, alternatively use soapy water applied with a sponge and removed with a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners
  • Handles – gently remove dirt with a solution of warm soapy water on a sponge or soft cloth, then buff with a clean cloth
  • External doors
  • Door – to prolong the furniture and the paint finish of the door, regular dusting with a soft cloth or brush, supplemented by occasional washing with warm soapy water, is recommended. Lubricate door mechanisms with light oil as required
  • After three years the factory finish may begin to wear and the colour or stain will need to be reapplied on a regular maintenance cycle by customers.


  • Tiles on sloping roofs are brittle and easily cracked. They are not designed to take a person’s weight. Anyone working on the roof, for example to install a television aerial, or window cleaners must use suitable access equipment.
  • Flat roofs are also not designed to take heavy loads and can be easily damaged. Do not allow window cleaners or decorators to use the roof for access without protecting the surface. Stone chippings on the roofs are to protect the felt from strong sunlight. Do not remove them.

Garage doors

  • Garage doors should only be opened from centre handle. Failure to do so may invalidate your warranty
  • Regularly check all wear items (including cables over their full length). If any wear is detected, contact your local door specialist and arrange for a replacement. Non-replacement of items may invalidate your guarantee
  • Tighten screws, nuts and bolts as required periodically
  • Annually: all springs, latches, wheel spindles and pivot points should be lubricated using a light lubricating oil. Lock cylinders should only be lubricated with graphite dusts. Track runners must be kept clean and free of obstacles at all times (do not grease)
  • Springs should be inspected for adverse wear at least once a year and replaced if necessary
  • Garages are not designed to be used for general storage. Taylor Wimpey will not be responsible for any damage caused to items stored in the garage


  • Exterior paintwork should be regularly repainted to preserve the wood. The first repainting outside will probably beTaylor Wimpey _HO_Lifestyle lo res-0104 needed in about two years but after that, provided it is properly done, repainting or staining should only be necessary every four or five years. You may need to repaint more often if you live by the sea or in an atmosphere harmful to paint.
  • There is a trend in recent years towards the use of ‘micro-porous’ paints which are water repellent, but allow wood to breathe. Tests have shown that these paints are less likely to trap water in the wood (if there is a crack in the paintwork) and therefore less likely to lead to rot. They are a lot easier to apply and require less preparation than conventional paints.

Outside taps

  • If you have had an external tap fitted to your home it is important that as winter approaches, you turn off the shut off valve on the pipe and the tap/pipe is drained. The valve is located where the external tap is connected to your water supply, this is usually beneath your kitchen sink.
  • Access chambers give access to the drains, usually where branch drains join together. Ask your Site Manager if you cannot locate them. Do not obstruct or cover them with soil, you may need to get access to them quickly if there is a blockage.
  • Be aware of the damp-proof course and air bricks. If soil or other garden material is piled up against the outside walls it may cover the damp-proof course and cause rising damp. If it covers the air brick, this can lead to dry rot if you have a suspended timber floor because it blocks under-floor ventilation. If you are not sure where the damp-proof course is, your Site Manager will show you. Keep soil and paving about 150mm (six inches) below it.


  • Don’t worry if paths or paving develop minor cracks as the ground slowly settles during the first two to three years.Kids walking up a path
  • Gutters can easily become clogged with leaves, especially in the autumn. All gutters, drains and drainpipes need checking regularly and cleaning once a year to ensure that they are free of all debris. If gutters are left unattended, rainwater may spill over and saturate the brickwork which, in turn, may allow dampness to penetrate through the wall. Please take care when checking or cleaning gutters by using suitable access equipment.
  • Some homes will have a drainage channel with a grating across it. This is known as an Aco drain and is normally found in front of the garage if the drive slopes down towards it. This should be cleaned out regularly to prevent the build up of debris and silt which may cause flooding. To clean the drain, release any bolts or screws that are fitted, lift the grate and use a garden trowel or similar to clear the channel. When this has been done, replace the grate and refasten the bolts or screws.


  • If your house has a block paving drive this is a finished surface and should require little or no maintenance. However, the joints between the paviors are filled with sand and persistent hosing or cleaning with a jet washer would remove the sand and encourage weeds to grow in the gaps. 
  • The driveway has not been designed to accommodate the weight of the removal van on the day of your move
  • Please make every effort to park your car in the garage for the first month because hot tyres standing on a newly laid drive can cause depressions
  • Avoid turning the wheel when the car is stationary as this may cause the wheels to damage the surface – particularly at this early stage
  • Ladders and motorcycle stands can also cause depressions in new drives – to avoid this, use a small section of board to prevent areas of concentrated pressure


  • Depending on the house type, your property may have an external brick chimney or internal ridge flue vent chimney. Where the house is purchased without a fitted fireplace, the opening will normally have plasterboard over it to leave a continuous wall. Please ensure that flues are periodically inspected to prevent blockages from birds’ nests etc.
  • Should you choose to install a gas fire yourself, please check with a GasSafe registered installer as to the kilowatt output to ensure that it will operate with the flues installed within the property.
  • We will have installed an air supply to the lounge via an airbrick - for your safety you should not restrict its free flow.