Those homeowners considering which DIY projects to tackle this summer may wish to focus on the issue of subsidence, as esure reveals it could prove to be a particular problem for properties.
Research by the insurance firm points out that as temperatures this year are higher than the past 30-year average, properties throughout Britain could be particularly susceptible to such damage.
As such, home improvement enthusiasts were advised to check for a series of small cracks appearing in plasterwork near windows and doors as this can be a sign of subsidence, particularly after a long period of hot and dry weather.
Furthermore, debris and leaves should be cleared from guttering on a regular basis.
Mike Pickard, head of risk and underwriting for esure, states: “By picking up problems early, the worst damage can often be avoided and enable vendors to maintain a higher value for their property.”
Meanwhile, Steve Sweeney, head of home insurance for moneysupermarket.com, recently claimed any trees located close to a property should be regularly pruned.