(PRWEB UK) 16 September 2013
At least a quarter of UK home owners have neglected a serious maintenance concern, while more than one in ten properties run the risk of falling into a dilapidated state, reports new findings published by Negnet.
While approximately 28 per cent of home owners claim to be house-proud, nearly a third admit to possessing only the basic skills needed to undertake simple cosmetic enhancements – such as grouting or painting. Lacking confidence to ensure the general upkeep of the home, preventing essential issues such as long term damp, appears to be a common problem amongst home owners.
According to the report, the worst offending UK town is Hartlepool, while home owners in Wrekin, Shropshire, come a close second for leaving their homes in disrepair. Meanwhile, the report also found that Aberdeen home owners were responsible for the best-maintained properties, whilst Peterborough topped the list in England, with Newport in Wales.
Piers Banfield of Banner Homes said: “There’s a great deal of truth behind the old adage of ‘making a house a home’ – which is why it’s important that the property is looked after and in good condition.
“Through regular upkeep and acquiring the skills needed to maintain our homes, not only can we increase its lifespan but also its value. The home should be seen as a long-term investment, but without frequent, often inexpensive checks, you risk facing repair bills of thousands of pounds.”
The report also found that home owners were more likely to tend to internal improvements, such as assembling furniture, than to maintaining the exterior of their home such as repairing cracks or cleaning gutters.
Additionally, the past five years has seen home owners spend around £5,841 on home improvements – with more than one in ten spending over £10,000 while one in twenty splurged over £20,000.
“Failing to protect your property against general wear and tear not only impacts the aesthetics, but more importantly, can invalidate your insurance policy,” warned Banfield.
“Simply tending to the home on a regular basis will help maintain your home in tip-top condition, saving you time – but more importantly – money.”
Don’t ignore any much-needed maintenance; make the upkeep of the home a priority. For luxury new build homes designed with quality in mind, contact Banner Homes – and enjoy quality living today.