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

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

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

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