Interior Finishing

Caulking & Grouting

Interior caulking and grouting is material that shrinks, dries, or cracks; therefore, they are not warranted. They are included under Homeowner Maintenance, along with washers and other materials that tend to wear out.

Examine the weather stripping around doors and windows to ensure it is intact. Make sure the seal is snug by adjusting the weather-stripping. Keep weather-stripping free from paint, and lubricate rubber or polyethylene products with petroleum jelly to keep them soft. Weather-stripping wears with time, local hardware stores carry replacement parts.

Grouting

When replacing ceramic tile grout, follow the package directions. In addition:

Remove all of the old grout completely and clean the area

Use the grouting cement to fill the spaces between the tiles. Force the grout into the joints with a sponge

Smooth the grout joint with a moistened sponge

Let the grout set for fifteen minutes and remove the excess grout with a damp sponge, rinse and wring it out repeatedly to ensure all of the grout is removed from the tiles.

Countertops & Cabinets

For long-lasting beauty of your countertops, avoid:

  • A concentration of water or wet cloths at or near the side splash or other joints
  • Excessive water standing in the area of the seam which causes glue failure
  • Placing hot pans or activated electrical appliances on laminated surfaces: use protective insulating pads
  • Using the surface as a cutting board
  • Any damage to cupboards due to steam, (kettle, pots, etc)
  • Abrasive cleaners or steel wool when cleaning your countertop.

It is recommended that you:

  • Use shelving paper for protection of interior cupboards
  • Immediately wipe off any grease that may splatter on the counter or cabinets
  • Clean the countertop with a damp soapy cloth. For stubborn stains use a household solvent, rinsing thoroughly with clean water.
  • Polish occasionally with glass wax or liquid car wax, to mask superficial scratches. For a high luster, use a good grade of lemon oil.

Cabinets

Periodically check hinge screws and tighten if loose. Although shelves may be treated with a water-resistant topcoat, water or other liquids allowed to sit on the surface for periods of time will cause staining or bubbling.

Cabinetry Tips

Excess moisture is the worst enemy of any finish. Ensure dishes are completely dry and cool (if using a dishwasher) before placing them on the cupboard shelves. For cleaning, wipe wood doors with a damp, soft cloth and dry immediately with another dry soft cloth. Also, you can use a light quality liquid or paste furniture wax.

Wipe non-wood laminate doors with a damp, soft cloth and dry immediately with a soft dry cloth. For high gloss polyester doors, a good quality window cleaner works well, or other ammonia-free glass cleaners. Just spray it on and dry immediately.

Painting & Decorating

The walls, woodwork, and other surfaces of your new home have been painted with products particularly suited to the uses expected and the surfaces to which they have been applied.

Other than defects, which are listed at the time of the Pre-Delivery Inspection, no further painting will be done, nor can it be warranted.