Understanding Home Settling
Over the course of your home’s first year you may notice small cracks or gaps where seemingly perfect walls and floors were before. What causes this change and should you be concerned?
A lot changes in your home over the first year. The materials used to build your home will begin to dry out which can account for minor changes in appearance.
The weight of the home itself will cause it to settle onto the ground it sits on. This can cause small hairline cracks especially over doors and windows. Nails may pop out of the walls a bit and door frames may shift.
All of this is normal part of the process of owning a home and not a cause of concern about the quality of the home. However if you have questions be sure to talk with your builder and they can identify any potential issues.
There are a few things you as a homeowner can do to prevent some of the cosmetic changes in your home during the first year. Try to keep your home at a consistent temperature. Use fans in the bathroom and kitchen. Invest in a humidifier if you feel the humidity level in your home is leading to additional issues.