Cracks between walls and woodwork such as skirting boards and door frames are a natural part of the drying out process and not a sign of structural faults or poor workmanship.
Only cracks that are more than 3mm wide (the width of a pound coin) are covered by your warranty. Minor cracks are normal in a new home, and easy to fill and make good. Just follow these simple instructions.
Before you get going, make sure you have the following tools to hand:
- Tube of white decorator caulk
- Sealant gun
- Sharp knife
- Latex gloves
- Cover the floor underneath the crack with a dust sheet
- Unscrew the nozzle from the tube of caulk and cut off the seal
- Replace the nozzle and trim the end at a 45-degree angle
- Load the tube into the sealant gun
- Squeeze out a line of caulk along the crack with the longer side of the angled nozzle
- Wet your finger and smooth the caulk into the crack
- Leave to set until the caulk is completely dry
- Touch up the paintwork to match the rest of the surface