What Should I Look For When Moving Into a New Home?

Moving into a new homeSo what should I look for when moving into my new home?

Moving into a new home is an exciting time for anyone. However, you want to make sure everything is to your satisfaction when you move in. This brief guide outlines the checks that you need to carry out in your new home.

Why do I need to do checks?

When your home was being constructed, a number of surveys and assessments will have been done before it was completed. This includes building control surveys and technical audits at key stages of your home’s development – such as building the foundations.

Each inspection was carried out to make sure your house is built to the level of quality expected. That being said, there are several key areas of your home which you should look at after moving in.

One Guarantee has put together a list to help you – and recommends you check the following:

  • Sinks, baths and any other sanitary ware
  • Kitchen worktops and fittings
  • Wall tiles
  • Glass and glazing to windows
  • Fireplaces and any special extras
  • Carpets, laminated floors and floor tiles
  • Common areas, stairways, landing areas and lifts (areas of flats and maisonettes)

What to do next

If you are unhappy with any of the above areas, contact the developer immediately. Keep a copy of all your correspondence. Your developer is responsible for putting right any issues you have within the first two years of moving into your new home.

There may be other ways to help solve problems within your home. The NHBC Consumer Code is an industry-led scheme that may be able to help you too.

One Guarantee provides Building Warranties and Latent Defects Insurance for residential and commercial properties throughout the UK.

For more information about the range of Structural Warranties available, please get in touch with One Guarantee via email from their website or if you are a Guild member you get member discounts so give your membership number when you call:


or by calling 01603 218288.

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