Aberdeen heads best maintained cities list

Alex Johnson

2e79ec64df39d89ca8ca0a083a8b8452c583c1a1 300x199 Aberdeen heads best maintained cities listAberdeen tops the list of Britain’s best maintained towns and cities in new research from Halifax, followed by Dundee and Peterborough. In Wales, Newport is in the number one position.

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.

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  • Jannatul Fardoush

    You make a helpful list of disrepair cities, town and it’s regional level. Much helpful for me hopefully it will be for all.

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