More than half of homeowners not focussed on the externals of their home

More than half of homeowners not focussed on the externals of their home

A growing number of people across the UK feel negative about the area they live in or lack pride in their streets because of a lack of maintenance and tidiness from neighbours, a new report has claimed. 

According to the findings of a survey published this week by Lloyds Bank Insurance, more than half of Brits (55 per cent) live in areas where there are some unattractive features putting them off. This includes factors such as untidy gardens, spaces used as a makeshift bins and overflowing rubbish bins.

As a result of this, as many as 61 per cent of those surveyed for the report said they feel negatively about the place they live, including feeling uncomfortable or upset about the way their street or neighbourhood looks. 

The most commonly highlighted issues include things like untidy gardens and unmaintained outdoor areas, with 34 per cent of people citing this as the biggest bugbear of their area. In addition to this, some 18 per cent said there are buildings in their area in a state of disrepair, and 18 per cent said there are places where people dump rubbish when they have no space in their bins. 

One of the big problems this can cause is when people come to sell their homes. If you live in an area where properties and surroundings are not well maintained, then Lloyds reports that the value of your home in the sale can drop by as much as 12 per cent. 

It said that 55 per cent of people who are coming to look at a home with the intention to buy are influenced by the home being well maintained externally, and see it as an important factor. Meanwhile, 53 per cent said it was vital that they buy a home located in a nice neighbourhood, so this can influence their decision to buy or not to buy. 

"It is disturbing to see how many people are unable to love where they live, and that many homeowners are so affected by their neighbours that they are considering a permanent move," said Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy.

"‘It is clear that while people in the UK acknowledge a widely held desire to live in a pleasant environment, this is often not being achieved, and with huge consequences. There are things we can all do to improve our external spaces, which will increase well-being and even reduce crime, therefore making our neighbourhoods better places to call home."