It’s time to batten down the hatches and prepare for winter. With the economic climate also freezing, SPAB's 10th annual National Maintenance Week campaign this week is focusing on essential, cost-effective building maintenance.
In a poll, homeowners questioned (49%) disagreed with the statement: "I often buy or do things I probably shouldn't, just to treat myself." In fact, over a quarter (26%) of all those questioned said that they have made a deposit into a regular savings account in the past month, and nearly a third of those who have done so (31%) say they are saving for 'rainy day' expenses such as house repairs.
More than half of the homeowners surveyed (58%) believe that how well their property is maintained- in terms of the gutters, brickwork, roof, damp prevention - is one of the most important factors in determining the value of their property.
Other factors included number of bedrooms, decor, kitchen and bathroom fittings, the existence of a garden, garage or off-street parking.
Philip Venning, SPAB's Secretary says: "After years when many homeowners seemed to value style over substance it is apparent that the 'bling' days of spending on highly visible home 'improvements' like state of the art kitchens and bathrooms are behind us with more of us making sober, serious decisions about where our money really counts."