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Drying out, shrinkage and settlement

The drying out process in your new home can take between six and 18 months. This guide will let you know what to expect.

When you move into your new home, it's important to give the property time to settle. The water used during construction needs to evaporate. This is called the drying out process and can take between six and 18 months. During this period, all new homes will experience some shrinkage.

We finish all walls with two coats of ‘breathable emulsion’ to allow them to dry out naturally. Try to avoid redecorating for the first 6 to 12 months and we don’t recommend wallpaper for the first 12 months. It’s best not to repair any cracks until the property is completely dry.

Warranty peace of mind

Feel secure in the knowledge that our homes come with a two-year Persimmon Homes warranty and in years three to 10 you’re covered by an NHBC/LABC warranty. Warranties on appliances can be set up straight away and registered directly with the manufacturer. Remember to service your boiler before the end of the first 12 months to maintain the second year of your warranty.

Our sales team is on hand via email or phone to help you, and our customer care team is available to offer support during and after your settling-in period.

Our Pledge to you

From the moment you reserve your new Persimmon home, we do our best to make the experience enjoyable and informative every step of the way; not just while you're buying, but after you've moved in too. Read our pre-move and after-sales pledge to our customers to find out more.

Finishing Touches

Create a look that's as individual as you are. Add the finishing touches to your Persimmon home.

Supporting your communities

Our Community Champions programme was established in 2015 and has already donated more than £3 million to over 3,500 good causes across Great Britain. Every month whilst the programme is running, our 32 regional businesses together give away 64 donations of up to £1,000 each. It's easy to apply for your local good cause.

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Persimmon Homes is delighted to be joining forces with Team GB: the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team run by the British Olympic Association, to give away an amazing £1 million to support children across England, Wales and Scotland.

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Our hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £1 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Every month we give away 60 donations of up to £1,000 each to local groups and charities.

Showcase your style

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