How to Apply Grout on a Backsplash

I’ve gotten a couple of requests lately for how to deal with the backsplash grout caulking separating from the countertop. That’s why today I’ll teach you how to apply grout on a backsplash.

You will need a grout sponge, a putty knife or scraper, a caulk gun, and the grout caulking. Begin by using the scraper to remove the old, dry caulking. Wipe the old stuff off the counter or use a vacuum. Sometimes it comes off in a neat string, and sometimes it comes off in bits and pieces.

Fixing the grout is fairly simple.

You want to keep your grout sponge as dry as possible. Get it damp and wring it out very well. If you put too much water on, the caulking will come out light-colored and watery-looking. Taking the caulk gun, cut the tip off an eighth of an inch. Apply a small bead between the backsplash and the counter and draw it across. 

Finally, take the sponge and wipe it across a couple of times. This keeps the line smooth so there’s not too much product on there.

If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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A Breakdown of Our 60-Day Warranty Review

Here’s an overview of how our 60-day warranty review works.

If you buy a home through Charleston Homes, after you close, we offer both a 60-day and 11-month warranty review. Today we’ll tell you how our 60-day review works and what you can expect from it. 

Typically, the 60-day review is more informative because we go over a lot of information during the walk-through. We not only do our own spot-check, but we also show you a checklist of items you should take care of to improve your home’s longevity. 

Follow along in the video above to see our full discussion. For your convenience, we’ve provided timestamps so you can skip ahead to various sections at your leisure:

1:00—An overview of the 60-day review
1:57—Typical questions we ask homeowners during the 60-day review 
3:41—GFCI tripping
4:33—Other things to check for 
5:10—What we look for when examining the exterior of the home
5:51—Why we save settling for the 11-month review

If you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.

What Happens After You Close on a New Construction Home?

What happens after you close on one of our homes? Allow us to explain.

Once you’ve closed on your new construction home, what comes next? 

At Charleston Homes, we stand behind what we build! So, we offer a 60-day and an 11-month warranty review. This helps to ensure that your home has remained in good shape after you’ve moved in. If any issues do arise, your warranty will likely cover it. 

Even if there aren’t any maintenance- or repair-related problems, our team is still happy to answer questions and address any concerns you may have during these reviews. For this reason, we highly recommend clients keep a list of things to ask us after they take possession of the home so they don’t forget to bring them up by the time these reviews roll around.



The bottom line is that we’re here for you.

Of course, if there is an emergency, you can always contact us. Major warranty concerns include any leaks, condensation issues, or any other structural, mechanical, or safety-related issues. 

Problems like a creaky floor or an ill-fitting door, though, can wait to be addressed until one of our scheduled reviews. 

The bottom line is that we’re here for you. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’d be happy to let you know whether you should be concerned about a particular issue, so reach out anytime. With that in mind, our warranty manual and video blog also have a lot of helpful information. 
As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.