Bank of Scotland

Scots lead battle against disrepair Britain

26 August 2013

  •  One in 10 UK homes at risk of falling into disrepair, but Scotland’s cities top list of best maintained

Scotland’s cities have topped a list of the UK’s best maintained in new research highlighting the state of homes across Britain.

The inaugural Bank of Scotland Insurance Home Maintenance Monitor revealed that 11% of Britain’s homes are in need of major improvements, while half require minor works . But Scots in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh were revealed to be taking the most care of their properties.

The report – based on an analysis of UK estate agent listings and research – found just under half of homes in Scotland were in need of minor works (48%), while across the UK more than one in 10 requires major works.

Hartlepool topped the list of towns and cities with housing in disrepair, while Peterborough came out on top of the ‘TLC’ scale in England, and Newport in Wales.

Despite more than a quarter of UK homeowners (28%) professing to be home maintenance enthusiasts, almost a third (31%) said they only have the skills to carry out basic cosmetic improvements – such as painting or grouting – lacking the confidence to undertake even straightforward maintenance which could prevent problems such as damp in the longer term.

Almost half (44%) of DIY-proud Scots described their skills as ‘average’ while more than one in 10 claimed to be proficient.

Ben Hillman, TV DIY expert, said:
“By making a number of small maintenance checks throughout the year homeowners can save both time and money, while ensuring 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.”

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