Cracks appearing in many rooms

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Hoping someone can help out here. Posted a while back re this but noticing more now. I have a 1969 build semi detached house which we bought at the start if this year. Full structural survey done with no major issues reported.

Since moving in I noticed cracks appearing firstly in the hall way on the artex finished wall. I marked these and it did get bigger (horizontal crack although not that thick was running close to the ceiling). I first noticed these in the warm summer and as it cooled the cracks seemed to disappear slightly but if you looked closely were still there.

Since this has happened I have been looking around the house and noticed cracks in most rooms, one bedroom has a vertical crack from the bottom right corner of the window to the skirting board (plastered wall). When I knock on this wall it sounds hollow.

I have since noticed some cracks appearing on the ceilings in other rooms and around the front door etc and obviously starting to worry a bit. There is also a small hairline crack developing from the corner of the room in one bedroom which seems to be curving out.

There are no visible cracks on the outside brickwork.

Any advice? I will be pretty annoyed if it's something major and the survey hasn't picked up on this.

Thanks in advance.
 
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It's probably shrinkage because you like the house warm. Just fill them and touch up the paint.
 
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It's probably shrinkage because you like the house warm. Just fill them and touch up the paint.

Would that still be the case with a house as old as this one? Can shrinkage apply to a house of any age?

I just naturally start fearing the worst when seeing things like this.
 
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Does not necessarily have to be related to shrinkage.

Thermal movement can affect a building in many ways and your symptoms sound typical.

Expansion and contraction is commonplace and has to be taken into consideration when constructing a building.
 
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Does not necessarily have to be related to shrinkage.

Thermal movement can affect a building in many ways and your symptoms sound typical.

Expansion and contraction is commonplace and has to be taken into consideration when constructing a building.

So is this something for me to be worried about if it is that or is it just something I need to live with and repair the cracks as and when they appear?
 
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