Advice essential before home improvement

by Christopher Evans

Seeking property advice before carrying out home improvements could prove worthwhile, as failing to carry out jobs properly can have serious repercussions.

This is according to Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, who indicated that electrical jobs in particular can pose risks.

When it comes to selling a property, he suggested that solicitors may want to see evidence that the maintenance has been carried out by a registered professional.

"If you haven't got certificates, then you won't sell the house," Mr Leech emphasised, adding that the same situation could arise when alterations are made to heating systems.

MyHammer reported in recent weeks that 60 per cent of UK homeowners plan to make a variety of different home improvements this year.

For example, nearly a fifth are planning large-scale alterations such as a loft conversion or extension, while 63 per cent are hoping to give their property a lick of paint.

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Published on: April 5, 2011

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