Direct Line reveals British homes in state of disrepair

31 May 2005
British homes are in a worrying state of disrepair, creating potentially dangerous situations, research from Direct Line reveals.

Direct Line Home Response 24 found that more than two million Brits admitted that their properties are potentially dangerous because they have failed to carry out essential home maintenance work.

Despite the apparent craze for home improvement gripping the nation, the insurer found that almost a third of British homeowners (30 per cent) waits for more than a year before getting round to necessary repair work.

One in ten actually wait more than three years before undertaking the repairs, the research reveals.

'Homeowners are so houseproud they're prioritising the aesthetics of their property over necessary repair work," said Kate Syred, business manager at Direct Line Home Response 24 Insurance.

"Not carrying out essential repairs could cause more damage and expense in the long term though and we'd advise everyone to do a yearly home MOT in the same way they would with a car to make sure that everything is in order.

"For those that don't have the skills to do this themselves, it's worth getting in the experts for peace of mind."

Plumbing is first on the to do list for many homeowners, with 14 per cent needing a plumber, whilst eight per cent are in need of rewiring, and six per cent need roof repairs doing.

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