Aberdeen heads best maintained cities list
However, the same research also suggests that a quarter of homeowners have ignored a serious maintenance issue and that more than one in 10 homes in Britain are at risk of falling into disrepair.
Although more than a quarter of homeowners describe themselves as home maintenance enthusiasts, almost a third say they only have the skills to carry out basic cosmetic improvements such as painting or grouting.
Television DIY expert, Ben Hillman, said: “By making a number of small maintenance checks throughout the year homeowners can save both time and money, and ensure their home is well maintained. For example, it can cost £40 to have gutters cleaned, whereas replacing damaged gutters can cost over £550, and even more in terms of hassle.”
|Disrepair at a regional level||Top towns and cities for disrepair||Best maintained towns and cities|
|1. North West||1. Hartlepool||1. Aberdeen|
|2. Yorkshire & The Humber||2. Wrekin||2. Dundee|
|3. West Midlands||3. Stoke-On-Trent||3. Peterborough|
|4. South East||4. Wirral||4. Glasgow|
|5. East Midlands||5. Blackpool||5. Edinburgh|
|6. Wales||6. Oldham||6. Newport|
|7. South West||7. Wigan||7. Milton Keynes|
|8. East England||8. Stockport||8. Cardiff|
|9. North East||9. Torbay||9. Reading|
|10. London||10. Sefton||10. Caerphilly|
|11. Scotland||11. Brigend||11. Manchester|
The report reveals that homeowners are more likely to have carried out aesthetic DIY work such as painting or decorating (86%) and assembling furniture (77%) than tackling bigger home maintenance issues such as cleaning gutters (55%) and repairing fittings or cracks (63%).
Halifax also examined homeowners’ attitudes to DIY and found that 70% prefer to tackle simpler tasks than more complex ones. Nearly a quarter (23%) admitted they ask for their parents’ help with maintenance jobs, while 23% admit to having ignored a serious home maintenance task in the past.
Homeowners’ main reasons for neglecting maintenance work included being ‘too busy’ (41%), not having the right tools (36%) and fear of causing injury to themselves or others (29%) with women nearly twice as worried as men.
In the past five years, homeowners have spent an average of £5,841 on home improvements to their properties. More than one in 10 have spent over £10,000, with one in 20 having splashed out over £20,000.
Pictured above is a three bedroom semi detached house for sale in Wellington Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, on for offers over £220,000 with Express Estate Agency.Tagged in: DIY
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