From leaky taps and radiators to broken locks and creaky floorboards, Britain’s homes have an accumulated 106.4 million maintenance problems according to new research fromWhich? Trusted Traders.
Despite the huge number of household niggles we’re a fairly house-proud nation with over half (55%) of homeowners saying they take great care of their home and pride in its appearance. However, almost four in ten (37%) admit they tend to put off maintenance jobs around the house.
Doors that don’t close or lock properly are the most common property gripe with poor state of decoration and mould on the walls coming in second and third respectively.
Home owners in Northern Ireland are the most house proud with 65% saying they take a great care of their homes and a lot of pride in its appearance.
People in the south-west meanwhile are the most relaxed about the state of their homes with 46% saying they take a great deal of care.
Stephen McCluskey, managing director of Which? Trusted Traders, said: “Small problems with our properties can add unnecessary stress to our lives. It’s amazing that dodgy doors are so common in UK properties, especially when they’re such a safety and security risk.”
The maintenance malaise is not confined to homes. More than two in ten motorists (21% t) say there is a problem with their vehicle they haven’t got round to fixing.
“Letting maintenance jobs build up can be dangerous,” said Stephen McCluskey. “Whether it’s exposed wiring in the home or a problem with the hand brake in your car, an inconvenient niggle can quickly develop into a more serious problem if it isn’t dealt with properly and quickly.”