Repair it, or it will only get worse
National Maintenance Week, from Friday, November 20 to Friday, November 27, stresses the importance of not putting off simple home maintenance tasks that could save you a fortune once winter bites
Nearly two out of three home owners believe that how well their property is maintained is one of the most important factors in determining the value, according to a new survey.
The poll was carried out to mark the 10th anniversary of National Maintenance Week, an initiative aimed at protecting our homes from the ravages of weather and time.
Those who responded to the survey believed good maintenance was more important in determining the value of a house than number of bedrooms, internal décor, kitchen and bathroom fittings, a garden, or parking.
Broadcaster and archaeologist Neil Oliver, who is heading this year’s National Maintenance Week, said looking after your home made economic sense.
“Faulty gutters and blocked drains don’t repair themselves - the longer you ignore a problem the more costly and difficult it becomes to put it right, and that’s true if the place you care for is an ancient ruin, a medieval church in a village, a Victorian terraced house or a modern apartment in a town or city.
“If you turn a blind eye to cracked pipes, faulty drains or broken/missing roof tiles you might as well throw hard earned cash to the winter wind.”
National Maintenance Week culminates in National Gutters Day, on Friday, November 27, when we are all asked to take ten minutes to check out the state of our guttering.
Broadcaster and archaeologist Neil Oliver