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Should we have an MOT for our house?

Should we have an MOT for our house?

Winter House MOT

  • Winter home checklists, much like an MOT for your car, could help the 51% of Brits who spend less than two hours preparing their home for winter
  • 17% say their failure to prepare for winter has cost them £200-£300 in repairs, 23% have ended up spending £100-£200; average - £254.54
  • Brits are struggling with basic household maintenance such as bleeding radiators, painting doors and ensuring boilers and drainage are looked after correctly

With winter fully upon us and the temperatures creeping ever-closer to zero, checking and ensuring your house is fully maintained and ready for the oncoming cold snaps is vital. In fact, new research suggests that some Brits could benefit greatly from an MOT-style checklist of actions to better maintain their homes, including appliances they should get serviced.

Our new research suggests that a fair number of Brits are struggling with some of the most basic checks. These include over a fifth (22%) not knowing how to bleed radiators and nearly a third (32%) who admit to not having checked their drains for an entire year.

Further, those Brits who remain unprepared for the onslaught of winter can often come out of it severely out of pocket. The average cost for those who had encountered winter-related repairs was £254.54, with 23% in the £100-£200 bracket.

Boiler servicing once a year (37%), clearing moss (41%) and ensuring the safety and stability of any fencing on their property (39%) were all things that Brits freely admitted to not knowing how to do.

With 38% also admitting to not consciously doing anything to make sure they’re winter-ready, of those that do, only half spend more than two hours making sure they don’t fall foul of freak freezes and other kinds of extreme weather.

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